Prepare yourself spiritually
What scriptures and talks will inspire the young women to develop Christlike attributes?
Mosiah 3:19 (Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can become saints)
Henry B. Eyring, “Trust in That Spirit Which Leadeth to Do Good,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2016, 16–18
Richard J. Maynes, “The Joy of Living a Christ-Centered Life,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 27–30
Thomas S. Monson, “Ponder the Path of Thy Feet,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 86–88
“The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” Ensign or Liahona, Apr. 2000, 2–3
“How Do I Develop Christlike Attributes?” Preach My Gospel (2004), 115–26
Music for youth theme: “That’s How I’ll Be”
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.
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:
- In his talk “Trust in That Spirit Which Leadeth to Do Good,” President Henry B. Eyring teaches that “the first thing you must commit to do” when you want to follow the Savior “is to go and serve, knowing that you do not go alone.” To help the young women follow this counsel, invite them to search the talk; mark the promises, memories, and commitments they find; and share what they learn with class members. What can the young women do to act on President Eyring’s invitation to serve others? For instance, they could write letters to people they love, such as family members, friends, or neighbors, expressing their gratitude or admiration. Encourage them to listen for the Spirit’s promptings as they write.
- To help the young women understand why we should center our lives on Jesus Christ, you could invite them to play a game that involves centering objects (such as a ring toss or balancing blocks into a high stack). Show the first four minutes of Elder Richard J. Maynes’s talk “The Joy of Living a Christ-Centered Life.” What do they learn about the importance of centering their lives on the Savior from the activity and the talk? Ask class members to work in pairs and find a story in the talk that demonstrates the blessings we receive as we center our lives on Christ. What will they do to center their lives more on the Savior and His teachings?
- 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 individually read one of the scriptures suggested in this outline, 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 paths that President Thomas S. Monson lists in his talk “Ponder the Path of Thy Feet.” Ask her to summarize what President Monson teaches about that path. 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 the paths that Christ walked. Invite them to share their posters and explain how Christ has been an example for them and what they will do to better follow His example.
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.