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Who am I, and who can I become?

We are sons of Heavenly Father, created in His image, with the potential to become like Him. By divine design, we have unique gifts and talents that will help us fulfill our duties as bearers of the priesthood. Knowing who we are gives our lives purpose and helps us make the right decisions.

Prepare yourself spiritually

Prayerfully study the following scriptures and resources. What do you feel inspired to share with the young men?

Psalm 82:6; Acts 17:28–29; Hebrews 12:9; D&C 76:24 (We are children of God)

Matthew 25:14–30 (The parable of the talents)

Luke 15:4–6, 11–32; John 3:16; D&C 18:10–15 (The worth of a soul is great)

Moses 1:4–22 (Moses learns that he is a son of God)

Donald L. Hallstrom, “I Am a Child of God,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2016, 26–28

Dale G. Renlund, “Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 56–58

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Four Titles,Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, 58–61

I Am a Child of God,” Hymns, no. 301

Video: “I Am a Son of God”; see also Old Testament Visual Resource DVD

Video: “Our True Identity”

Let the young men lead

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), encourages them to share their experiences fulfilling their duty to God, and invites an adviser or other quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting.

Begin the learning experience

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to review last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Invite a couple of young men to share the most important thing they learned in last week’s lesson and how they applied it in their lives.
  • Write the following questions on the board: “What do I know about Heavenly Father?” “What does that teach me about who I am and who I can become?” “How does this knowledge affect my thoughts and actions?” Give the young men time to ponder these questions, and then invite them to come to the board and write their answers.

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help quorum members understand their divine identity and potential. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Think of a simple activity that will help the young men understand that becoming like God requires patience and persistence. This activity should require multiple attempts to accomplish successfully. For example, the young men could repeatedly try to throw an object into a wastebasket without looking. What does this activity teach them about persistent effort? How can they relate this process to becoming like Heavenly Father? Invite each young man to look for and share statements from Elder Dale G. Renlund’s talk “Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying” that expresses what he learned from the activity.
  • Invite the young men to search Moses 1:4–7 and identify what Moses learned about himself. Invite them to search verse 12 to find what Satan did to contradict what Moses learned. Read together verses 13–22. Ask the young men to share what they learn from this story about themselves, Heavenly Father and the Savior, and the adversary. What are some situations the young men face in which this knowledge would be helpful? Consider showing the video “I Am a Son of God” as a part of this discussion.
  • Ask the young men to list some of the titles they have or may have during their lives. What do these titles say about them? Invite them to choose one or two titles that are the most important to them. Divide the quorum into four groups, and assign each group to read about one of the titles in President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk “Four Titles.” They could also read portions of Elder Donald L. Hallstrom’s talk “I Am a Child of God.” Ask each group to then share with the quorum what they learned and how it applies to their lives. As part of this activity, the young men could sing “I Am a Child of God” (Hymns, no. 301).
  • Invite quorum members to watch the video “Our True Identity” (or read some of the following scriptures: 1 John 3:1–3; D&C 84:37–38; 88:107; 132:20) and write down a statement that they find meaningful. Ask them to share what they wrote and explain why they wrote it. What do they learn from this video or these scriptures about who they are and who they can become? How can this knowledge affect the choices they make? As part of this discussion, consider sharing the following statement from President Gordon B. Hinckley: “The whole design of the gospel is to lead us onward and upward to greater achievement, even, eventually, to godhood” (“Don’t Drop the Ball,” Ensign, Nov. 1994, 48).

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they understand who they are and who they can become? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this topic?

Invite to act

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • Share his testimony that we are children of God and describe how this testimony guides his actions.
  • Invite the young men to think of one way they will use their gifts and talents to bless Heavenly Father’s children.