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How can I become more Christlike?

Jesus Christ set the perfect example for us, and He has commanded us to become as He is. He exemplified characteristics such as faith, hope, charity, patience, humility, purity, diligence, and obedience. As we learn of Him and seek to develop His attributes, we will become the women He and our Heavenly Father would like us to be.

Prepare yourself spiritually

What scriptures and talks will inspire the young women to develop Christlike attributes?

Matthew 26:36–45, 50–52; Luke 23:33–34; John 19:25–27; 3 Nephi 17 (Examples of Christ’s attributes)

Mosiah 3:19 (Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can become saints)

3 Nephi 12:48; Moroni 7:48 (Invitations to become like the Savior)

Dallin H. Oaks, “Followers of Christ,Ensign or Liahona, May 2013

Dallin H. Oaks, “The Challenge to Become,” Ensign, Nov. 2000, 32–34, or Liahona, Jan. 2001, 40–43

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

Mormonads: “Follow the Leader,” “Be Even as I Am,” “He Knows the Way

The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” Ensign, Apr. 2000, 2–3

How Do I Develop Christlike Attributes?Preach My Gospel (2004), 115–26

Videos: “Daily Bread: Change,” “Christlike Attributes”

Share experiences

At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.

Introduce the doctrine

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

  • Give each young woman a copy of the attribute activity on page 126 of Preach My Gospel, and ask her to take a few minutes to complete the self-evaluation. Invite the young women to share what they learn from this activity. Invite a few to share a Christlike attribute they admire in another class member or a family member.
  • Invite the young women to come to the board one at a time and write one or more words that describe the Savior. Once everyone has had an opportunity to add to the list, ask the young women to ponder what attributes they would most like to develop.

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help the young women learn how to develop Christlike attributes. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:

  • Share with the young women the Christlike attributes listed in chapter 6 of Preach My Gospel,How Do I Develop Christlike Attributes?” Ask the young women to select one of these attributes that they would like to develop. Give them time in class to learn about the attribute they chose, following the suggestions under the heading “Developing Christlike Attributes” on pages 122–23. Encourage them to continue studying their chosen attribute during the coming week and share insights from their study at the beginning of next week’s lesson.
  • Invite the young women to search individually or in small groups for attributes of the Savior in Dallin H. Oaks’s talk “Followers of Christ” or in the scriptures suggested in this outline. Ask the young women to list what they find on the board and to add to the list other attributes or characteristics of Christ they can think of. Invite them to think of a difficult situation they are facing in their own lives. How would these attributes of Christ help them respond to the situation appropriately?
  • Invite the young women to individually read 3 Nephi 17, marking words and phrases that show some of the attributes of the Savior. Encourage them to look for these attributes and others as they watch the video “Christlike Attributes.” Give them time to share their feelings about the Savior and the attributes He exemplified. How could they develop these attributes in their own lives? They could also share examples of people they know who they feel demonstrate some of these Christlike attributes.
  • Invite each young woman to choose one of the Christlike qualities that Elder Robert D. Hales lists at the end of his talk “Being a More Christian Christian.” Ask her to read what Elder Hales says about that quality and find a related scripture. Show the young women copies of the Mormonads listed in this outline, and invite them to create a Mormonad of their own that represents one of Christ’s attributes. On the back of the poster, invite them to list specific ways Christ has been an example for them, a scripture about an attribute of the Savior, and things they can do to better follow His example in the coming week. Suggest that they hang their posters in their homes.
  • Read to the young women the parable of the wealthy father in Elder Dallin H. Oaks’s talk “The Challenge to Become.” Invite the young women to share what they think this parable teaches and how it relates to their own lives. What does the son in the parable need to do in order to become like his father? As a class, watch the video “Daily Bread: Change” or read 3 Nephi 12:48 and Moroni 7:48. What do these teachings add to our understanding of Elder Oaks’s parable? Invite each young woman to choose an attribute of the Savior that she would like to develop and make a list of things she can do to make that attribute a part of her nature. Suggest that the young women keep their lists in their scriptures so they can refer to them often and add other Christlike attributes.

Ask the young women to share what they learned today. What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they understand how they can become more Christlike? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time on this topic?

Live what we are learning

Invite the young women to consider how they will live by what they have learned today. For example, they could:

  • Teach a family home evening lesson about the attributes of the Savior using one of the activities from this outline.
  • Bear their testimony of the Savior to a friend or family member or in fast and testimony meeting.