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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 women 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”

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 one of the young women to read the prayer on the sacrament bread in D&C 20:77. What do they believe it means to “take upon [us] the name of [Jesus Christ]”?
  • Ask the young women if they know why their parents chose their names. How do their names influence who they are and how they try to live? Ask them what it means to them to take upon themselves the name of Jesus Christ (see D&C 20:77). How does taking His name influence who we are and the way we try to live?

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help the young women 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 class:

  • Show the video “Dare to Stand Alone.” What do the young women 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 women 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, May 1998, 67). Divide the class 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 class what her group discussed.
  • Invite the young women 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.
  • Invite some of the young women 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 class the last two paragraphs of the talk, and invite the young women 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 women. Ask each young woman to read her section, looking for answers to the question “What does it mean to be a Christian?” Ask her to share what she finds and give examples of people she knows whom she considers to be true Christians.

Ask the young women 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?

Live what we are learning

Invite the young women to consider ways they can show by their actions that they have taken upon themselves the name of Jesus Christ. In a future class, invite them to share their experiences.