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Why is Jesus Christ important in my life?

Jesus Christ was chosen to be our Savior. His Atonement makes it possible for us to be resurrected and to repent and be forgiven so we can return to our Heavenly Father’s presence. In addition to saving us from our sins, the Savior also offers us peace and strength in times of trial. He sets the perfect example for us, and His teachings are the foundation for happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.

Prepare yourself spiritually

Prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What can help the young men you teach understand why Jesus Christ is important to them?

Matthew 10:1 (Jesus Christ gave His Apostles priesthood power)

John 6:38 (Jesus Christ came to do His Father’s will)

John 8:12; 3 Nephi 11:11 (Jesus Christ is the light and life of the world)

John 14:6 (Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life)

2 Nephi 2:3–9; 9:5–12 (Lehi and Jacob testify of the Atonement of Jesus Christ)

3 Nephi 27:14–16 (Jesus Christ saves us from sin and death through His Atonement)

3 Nephi 27:27 (Jesus Christ is our example)

The Living Christ: The Testimony of the ApostlesEnsign, Apr. 2000, 2–3 (see also True to the Faith, 87–89; or Duty to God, 106)

Dallin H. Oaks, “Teachings of Jesus,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 90–93

Jeffrey R. Holland, “The First Great Commandment,Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 83–85

Video: “Reclaimed”

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:

  • Write one or more questions on the board to help the young men review what they learned last week.
  • Invite the young men to look up “Jesus Christ” in the Topical Guide and review the list of entries after the heading. Ask them to find words and phrases that describe Christ’s roles and mission. What do they learn about Jesus Christ by reviewing this list? How do they feel about Him after reviewing what He has done for us?

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help quorum members understand why Jesus Christ is important in their lives. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Invite a quorum member to teach a portion of this lesson. He could do this as part of his Duty to God plan to learn and teach about the Atonement (see “Understand Doctrine,” page 18, 42, or 66).
  • Read the paragraph under the heading “What He Has Done for Us” in Elder Dallin H. Oaks’s talk “Teachings of Jesus.” What would the young men say in response to the woman’s question “What’s He done for me?” Write on the board the next nine headings from the talk (from “Life of the World” to “The Atonement”). Invite the young men to choose one or more of these headings and prepare one or two sentences they would use to teach the woman what Jesus Christ has done for her. They can use Elder Oaks’s talk, relevant scriptures (such as those suggested in this outline), and their own experiences and testimony. Invite them to share what they prepared.
  • Ask some of the young men to search 2 Nephi 2:3–9 to find what Jesus Christ did for us, and ask the others to search 2 Nephi 9:6–10 to find what the consequences would be if He had not fulfilled His mission. How would the world be different? Share your love for the Savior, and invite the young men to do the same.
  • Display pictures of the Savior helping others (see Gospel Art Book, 36–60). Give the young men a few minutes to ponder and share the different ways the Savior has helped them, their families, and others they know. Invite them to share their feelings about the Savior. Ask the young men to read the last four paragraphs of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk “The First Great Commandment” as they ponder the question “What can I do to show how important Jesus Christ is in my life?” Invite them to write down their thoughts, and allow them to share what they wrote, if they feel comfortable doing so.
  • Show the video “Reclaimed.” What do the young men learn from the video about what Jesus Christ can do for them? How could they use the message of this video to help people who are having difficulty forgiving themselves or feel they are beyond the reach of the Savior’s help? What scriptures would they share? (see, for example, Isaiah 1:18; Alma 36:3, 27; Ether 12:27; D&C 58:42–43).
  • Display a picture of the Savior, and write on the board the following questions: “Who is Jesus Christ?” “What has He done for us?” “How do we know that He lives today?” Invite the young men to search “The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles” to find answers to these questions. Ask them to share what they find. How do their testimonies of Jesus Christ affect their daily lives? 
  • Invite the young men to look in the hymnbook in the “Topics” index under “Jesus Christ” to find a hymn that teaches about who Jesus Christ is. Ask them to share lines from the hymns they chose. Consider singing one of the hymns as a quorum.

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they understand why Jesus Christ is important in their lives? 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:

  • Bear his testimony of the Savior.
  • Invite the quorum members to ponder how their testimonies of the Savior could bless someone they know and encourage them to share their testimonies.