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How can I be more Christlike in my service to others?

Jesus Christ set the perfect example of how to love and serve those around Him. At baptism, we promise to serve others. We can serve others as the Savior did in many ways, such as helping family members, sharing the gospel with others, and performing simple, everyday acts of kindness.

Prepare yourself spiritually

What scriptures and other resources will help the young women understand the importance of serving others as Christ did?

Matthew 14:13–21; John 9:1–7; 13:4–5, 12–17; 1 Nephi 11:31; 3 Nephi 17:5–9 (Examples of Jesus Christ serving others)

Matthew 20:27 (The Savior teaches His disciples that he who is greatest is the servant)

Matthew 25:31–46 (When we serve others, we are serving God)

Luke 10:25–37 (The good Samaritan; see also the Bible video “Parable of the Good Samaritan”)

John 13:34–35 (We should love as the Savior loves)

Mosiah 2:17 (King Benjamin teaches that when we serve others, we serve God)

Cheryl A. Esplin, “He Asks Us to Be His Hands,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2016, 6–9

Michael T. Ringwood, “Truly Good and without Guile,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 59–61

Thomas S. Monson, “We Never Walk Alone,Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2013, 121–24

Service,” For the Strength of Youth (2011), 32–33

Videos: “Rescuing Those in Need”; “Time to Give”; “For Madison”; “Charity: An Example of the Believers”; “Opportunities to Do Good”; “When Ye Are in the Service—YW”

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:

  • Invite the young women to read John 13:34–35, and ask them to find pictures from the Gospel Art Book or a Church magazine that show the Savior or others giving loving service. Invite them to show their pictures to the class and explain what they learn from the picture about Christlike service.
  • Invite the young women to share experiences they have had recently serving others (especially members of their own families). How were they affected by this service? How were others affected?
  • Ask the young women if they have ever been physically rescued in a time of difficulty. How did they feel about the person who helped them? Watch the video “Rescuing Those in Need,” and invite the young women to discuss what they learn from President Monson about serving others as the Savior did.

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help inspire the young women to give Christlike service. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:

  • In her talk “He Asks Us to Be His Hands,” Sister Cheryl A. Esplin tells the story of a Young Women leader who encouraged each young woman to reach out to “know and serve others—throw away the mirrors and look through the window.” To help the young women understand this principle, you could do the activity described in the talk, using a mirror and something that represents a window frame. Why do the young women think it is important for us to focus on others instead of ourselves as we serve? You could also invite the young women to ponder and write down answers to the four bulleted questions that Sister Esplin asks at the end of her talk.
  • Ask the young women to consider what motivates people to serve. Make a list on the board and then identify which motivations are Christlike and which are worldly. Invite the young women to review Elder Michael T. Ringwood’s talk “Truly Good and Without Guile,” looking for what he teaches about Christlike motivations. What examples can the young women think of—from the scriptures or from their personal experiences—of people who gave Christlike service? Give the young women time to write thank-you notes to those who have given them Christlike service.
  • Assign each young woman to read a scripture about service from the Savior’s life (such as those suggested in this outline), and ask her to summarize the story for the class and explain what the Savior did to serve others. What does the Savior’s example teach about what it means to give service? Invite the young women to think of ways they can give Christlike service in their own families.
  • Ask the young women, “What was the Savior teaching in the parable of the good Samaritan?” As a class, read the parable of the good Samaritan in Luke 10:25–37 (or watch the video “The Good Samaritan”). Invite the young women to share stories of times when they were blessed by the Christlike service of others. Why do we sometimes find serving others difficult (as the priest and the Levite did)? What opportunities do the young women have to “go, and do” as the good Samaritan did?
  • Invite the young women to read the story about Tiffany from President Thomas S. Monson’s talk “We Never Walk Alone.” You could also show one or more of the videos suggested in this outline. What impresses the young women about the acts of service in the talk and videos? How did the people in the talk and videos discover the need to give service? Allow the young women to ponder and share other similar examples of service they have seen. Invite them to share what they feel inspired to do after learning about these examples.

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

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:

  • Complete any of the Good Works value experiences in Personal Progress and report on what they did in the next class.
  • Plan and carry out a small act of service, either individually or for a Mutual activity.