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What does it mean to take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ?

When we are baptized, we covenant to take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ. We renew this covenant when we partake of the sacrament (see D&C 20:77). We fulfill this covenant by putting the Lord first in our lives, by striving to think and act as He would, and by standing “as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places” (Mosiah 18:9).

Prepare yourself spiritually

What scriptures and resources will help the young men understand the covenant they have made to take the name of Christ upon themselves?

Mosiah 5 (Why it is important to take upon ourselves the name of Christ)

3 Nephi 27:27 (We should strive to be like Jesus Christ)

D&C 20:37, 77 (Taking the name of Christ upon ourselves is part of our baptismal covenant and the ordinance of the sacrament)

Robert D. Hales, “Being a More Christian Christian,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 90–92

Mervyn B. Arnold, “What Have You Done with My Name?” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 105–7

Video: “Dare to Stand Alone”

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:

  • Ask the young men to share any recent experiences they have had that reminded them of or reinforced something they have been learning about in quorum meetings or other Church classes.
  • Invite one of the quorum members to recite the prayer on the sacrament bread (or read it from D&C 20:77). What do they believe it means to “take upon [us] the name of [Jesus Christ]”?

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help the quorum members understand what it means to take the name of Jesus Christ upon themselves. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Show the video “Dare to Stand Alone.” What do the young men feel President Monson’s main message is in this video? How did the youth depicted in the video show that they have taken upon themselves the Savior’s name? Invite the young men to share their own similar experiences.
  • Share the following statement from President Henry B. Eyring: “We promise to take His name upon us. That means we must see ourselves as His. We will put Him first in our lives. We will want what He wants rather than what we want or what the world teaches us to want” (“That We May Be One,” Ensign or Liahona, May 1998). Divide the quorum into three groups, and ask each group to discuss one of the following questions: What does it mean to see ourselves as Christ’s? How do we put the Savior first in our lives? What does it mean to want what the Savior wants? Ask one person from each group to share with the rest of the quorum what his group discussed.
  • Invite the young men to read Mosiah 5, looking for answers to questions like “What does it mean to take upon ourselves the name of Christ?” and “Why is it important to take upon ourselves the name of Christ?” Ask them to share what they find and list specific things they can do to show that they have taken upon themselves the Savior’s name.
  • Ask the young men if they know why their parents chose their names. How do their names influence the who they are and the way they try to live? Invite some of the young men to read Helaman 5:6–8, and invite the others to read the first three paragraphs of Elder Mervyn B. Arnold’s talk “What Have You Done with My Name?” Ask them to summarize for each other what they read. How did the names of Nephi, Lehi, and George Albert Smith inspire these people to live righteously? How does our covenant to take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ inspire us? Read as a quorum the last two paragraphs of the talk, and invite the young men discuss how they will apply Elder Arnold’s challenge.
  • Share the following statement from Elder Robert D. Hales: “The word Christian denotes taking upon us the name of Christ.” Divide Elder Hales’s talk “Being a More Christian Christian” among the young men. Ask each young man to read his section, looking for answers to the question “What does it mean to be a Christian?” Ask him to share what he finds and give examples of people he knows whom he considers to be true Christians.

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand what it means to take upon themselves the name of Jesus Christ? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this doctrine?

Invite to act

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

  • Share his feelings about what it means to have taken upon himself the Savior’s name.
  • Invite the other quorum members to consider whether there are any changes they need to make in their lives because of what they have learned today.