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Emulate traits of Jesus

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The gospel is more than simply knowing Christ — it's about becoming like Jesus.

"Being like Jesus is more than just saying that He lives, . . . it's actually doing what He does," said Ronald E. Bartholomew, a seminary principal and presenter at BYU's Campus Education Week.

In a class filled largely with youth, Brother Bartholomew discussed several of Christ's attributes that His modern-day disciples can emulate.

He told the story of Christ healing the blind who were rejected by others. Today there are many blind to be found at school or even in Church. Many are crying for attention, yet finding rejection.

Follow Christ's perfect example in healing the "blind" in schools and wards, Brother Bartholomew counseled.

He asked his audience to try to make a new friend — to make a difference in another's life, "especially those who are needy and rejected by others."

In His mortal ministry, Christ also demonstrated total control over His words and emotions. Church members can learn to do likewise, Brother Bartholomew said.

"We can show love and kindness."

Most are familiar with Christ's love for youngsters. He always made time for children, even when His followers tried to rebuke the youngsters. In today's busy world, young people often have the task of helping to care for brothers and sisters. It's not always fun. But, again, look to the Savior's example, Brother Bartholomew advised.

"Now is the time to appreciate and to love the company of little children," he said.

He told the story of one of his seminary students who had a brother born prematurely. Spending time with her younger brother became a Christlike priority for the student, despite the busy demands of high school. The girl found happiness in teaching and giving time to her needy sibling.

Remember, Christ and the Father choose to be with us, offering their time generously, Brother Bartholomew reminded the youth

The Savior also demonstrated love and respect for His mother. Remember the story of the wedding party, when Mary asked her son, Jesus, to make wine. Christ's response to His mother was, in effect, "What can I do — that will I do." (John 2:4, note 4a.)

Young people can learn much from that story. Parents may ask their sons and daughters to take out the garbage, finish chores or baby-sit younger brothers and sisters. Look to Christ's example in honoring parents, Brother Bartholomew directed.

During His mortal ministry, Christ gave all glory and honor to His Father. Young people can also look for ways of bringing glory to God without regard to personal credit or recognition, Brother Bartholomew added. He also read the New Testament account of Christ cleansing the defiled temple. Brother Bartholomew reminded his young audience that the body is also a temple that needs to be defended. Much of life is clouded with filth and inappropriate things. Protecting one of God's holy temple — the body — is also a Christlike action.