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November 10, 2022

10 Things to Believe as a Disciple of Christ

Elder Ronald A. Rasband explains why “things” is anything but a boring word

Did you know that the word “things” is used 2,354 times in the scriptures? For example, the prophet Nephi from the Book of Mormon wrote, “And upon these, I write the things of my soul”1 (italics added). Why do you think Nephi chose a word as vague or common as “things”?

In Elder Ronald A. Rasband’s October 2021 General Conference message, he said, “I used to pass over this verse, thinking the word ‘things’ was not very elegant or spiritual, not grand enough to pair with ‘my soul.’”2 But, he teaches, the repetition of this word shows its importance.

When Nephi referred to the “things of [his] soul,”there was a depth there that went beyond a vague reference. Elder Rasband expanded on the seven most important things we should believe in as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Quorum of the Tweleve Apostles

  1. Love God the Father and Jesus Christ, our Savior
  2. Love thy neighbor
  3. Love yourself
  4. Keep the commandments
  5. Always be worthy to attend the temple
  6. Be joyful and cheerful
  7.  Follow God’s living prophet

Elder Rasband encouraged us to complete 8, 9, and 10 from our own experiences. We asked BYU-Pathway students from around the world, “How do you become a true disciple of Jesus Christ?” Here are some of their responses:


Edith Nkanta, Nigeria

8. Be committed in my service to my fellow men
9. Sing in the ward choir to uplift members
10. Attend sacrament meeting regularly


Sree Ranganath Koonisetti, India

8. Live righteously
9. Gather family through family history research
10. Guide members as fellow followers of Jesus Christ



Miwa Bushnell, Japan

8. Always remember my true identity as a child of God
9. Know how our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ treasure us
10. Act upon what the Spirit of God tells me


Neirich Divin Mieghakanda, Congo

8. Be charitable
9. Help those who stand in need of help
10. Be truthful, and treat everyone right


“The things of our souls are often clarified and deepened by asking questions,” taught Elder Rasband.

So, “What are the things of your soul?” Complete your 8, 9, and 10 below!

1. ^ 2 Nephi 4:15
2. ^Ronald A. Rasband, “The Things of My Soul,” Liahona, November 2021

Comments on "10 Things to Believe as a Disciple of Christ"

Emmanuel ojede says:

1: be prayerful
2: ask righteous directions and thoughts every day
3: be humble for the spirit to dwelleth in your heart
4: stands as a witness of Christ at all time.

Koffi Arnaud N'dri says:

Being a true disciple of Jesus Christ is to trust and believe in him.
Endure all things.
A true disciple of Jesus Christ are not perfect but always trying to do the best.
They have a growth mindset, and people are tasks accomplishers.

8. Busca oportunidades de servir a los que te rodean.
9. Se bondadosa siempre!
10. Cuida tu mente, alma y cuerpo.

Lora Lee Moore (Lori) says:


Tevita M Saia says:

I am a servant of God.
I read my scriptures every day.
I say my prayers every day.

Munyaradzi says:

Be humble, live Christ attributes, and follow in Jesus Christ foot steps in your community.

Kueni says:

8. Follow the prompting of the Holy Ghost
9. Love what you do, and do what you love
10. Be Honest

Kueni says:

8. Follow the prompting of the Holy Ghost
9. Love what you do, and do what you love
10. Be honest

Fine Tonga says:

8)Begin as a disciple leader to each and everyone
9)Keep covenants in all your life
10)Faithful and open to everyone

Misheck Manyenda Manda says:

8) Be forgiving always
9) Be humble in your family, in Church, in the community and in your workplace or school to be a better disciple of
Jesus Christ
10) Make a concerted effort to look for and help the needy always

Leona says:

8. We should be missionaries for the living and the dead. Those who have passed are waiting for us to do their work.
9. Learn how to help others by helping them find their ancestors.
10. Teach others something they want to learn that you know.

Donatus says:

8. Be a faithfull ministry brother
9. Sustaining leaders in the church and also be good abiding citizenship
10. Keepe baptisal and temple covenants.

Samuel Bassey says:

8. Be able to live a self reliance life that I may help others who stand in need.
9. Overcome the world.
10. Raise a righteous family here on earth.

Patrick says:

Becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ by following Him in His own true Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Be diligent by fulfilling our callings, to serve others

Always trust the Atoning Sacrifice of our savior Jesus Christ while we are repenting.

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