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Teacher and Exemplar

To be a disciple of Christ means to accept Christ as teacher or spiritual guide—to walk in his way. Christ's teachings and example are available to us through the scriptures: in the accounts of Jesus' ministry given in the New Testament and the Book of Mormon as well as in the latter-day revelations given in Christ's voice. Most importantly, Christ teaches us through the gift of the Holy Ghost, or Comforter, whom Christ sends to teach his disciples when he cannot be physically present with them (John 14:25-26; 2 Ne. 32:3, 5).

Latter-day Saints are charged to be the kind of person that Jesus is, to follow his example, and to do the works that we have seen him do (3 Ne. 18:16; 27:21, 27). Jesus' ministry was to heal and to bless (1 Ne. 11:31; Mosiah 3:5-6; 3 Ne. 17). He went about doing good (Acts 10:38). He fed hungry people, brought comfort to people in mourning, denounced injustice and hypocrisy, and built up inclusive communities that cut across social barriers. LDS teachers have summarized Christian discipleship as integrity, service, and compassion. Jesus himself summarizes his way as love of God and neighbor (Matt. 22:37-40). Love is the defining characteristic of a true follower of Christ. We are therefore exhorted to pray with all the energy of our hearts that God will fill us with Christ-like love (Moro. 7:48; John 13:34-35).

 Lord, I Would Follow Thee  (Hymns 220)
 Love One Another  (Hymns 308)

Orson F. Whitney: We have only to compare our lives, characters and dispositions with those of our Savior. He is our exemplar. Until we become pure in heart as He is, willing to give glory to God, and to love our fellow men, and to cease to backbite one another, cease to tear down, and learn to build up, and comfort and bless and benefit the human race. Until we do these things we have a labor before us that we must perform, a journey that we must accomplish.
Sermon, June 20, 1886, in Collected Discourses
(Burbank, CA and Woodland Hills, UT: B.H.S. Publishing, 1987-1992), vol. 1

Hugh B. Brown: Jesus was concerned with individuals and social institutions, with human and spiritual values, with the more abundant life, and with a reconstructed social order. A new way of life for men meant more to him than ancient laws and authoritative precedents.
The Eternal Quest (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1956), 121

Howard W. Hunter: The touchstone of compassion is a measure of our discipleship; it is a measure of our love for God and for one another.
“The Lord’s Touchstone,” Ensign, November 1986, 34

Lowell L. Bennion: What does it mean to be a disciple of [Christ]? . . . It seems to me that the moral teachings of Christ might be summarized under two great ideas. The first is integrity and the second is love.
The Best of Lowell L. Bennion, ed. Eugene England (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1988), 259

Gordon B. Hinckley: I would that the healing power of Christ might spread over the earth and be diffused through our society and into our homes, that it might cure men's hearts of the evil and adverse elements of greed and hate and conflict. I believe it could happen. I believe it must happen. . . . As members of the Church of Jesus Christ, ours is a ministry of healing, with a duty to bind the wounds and ease the pain of those who suffer.
Faith: The Essence of True Religion (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1989), 35

Alexander B. Morrison: We show our love for God, our obedience to Him, our willingness to become a disciple of Christ, as we serve others.

Visions of Zion (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1993), 99

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