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How Can I Be a Better Person?

By Mormon.org

How can I be a better person? It’s a question we’ve all asked at one point or another. For some, the question brings about a personal drive for self-improvement, one small step at a time. For others, it means a major life change—or maybe many changes. No matter the size of the transformation, every person can become better. It’s possible thanks to the example of Jesus Christ and because He already took care of your sins and mistakes. To be a better person, you simply need a desire to change, and you can start making small life changes every day. 

Living like Christ

If you’re wondering how to change your life, there’s no better way than following the perfect example of Jesus Christ. Regardless of the circumstance or what people thought of Him, Jesus showed charity and love to everyone. He was patient and humble. He was faithful and obedient to God’s commandments. He pursued knowledge and helped other people learn by teaching and talking with them. He served those who loved and believed in Him as well as those who didn’t.

Becoming like Jesus Christ is a lifelong process, but as you live like Him, you’ll become a better, stronger, and more self-reliant person.

Coming unto Christ

Throughout the New Testament, Jesus asked people to “come unto me” (Matthew 11:28). His disciples could literally go to Him then, but what about you? How can you come to Jesus? In the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, Jesus explained more about what He meant when He said that. “And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them” (Ether 12:27).

Jesus wants you to come to Him with your problems—to admit what you’ve done wrong or to ask for help with your faults or shortcomings. When you do, Christ promises He will help you overcome your challenges and make your personal weaknesses into strengths. He will help you become a better, more honorable person.

You can come closer to Christ by reading about His life in the Bible and Book of Mormon. Study the testimonies of those who follow Him—God’s prophets and apostles. Pray to better know Jesus and to become like Him.

Other Ways to Become a Better Person

This life is a journey—but don’t just think about where you’re headed, but also who you want to be at the end. Aim to be a better person today than you were yesterday. Aspire to become the best version of yourself. Resolve to reflect the attributes you most admire by:

  • Not making excuses.
  • Forgiving others.
  • Being polite and respectful.
  • Doing random acts of kindness.
  • Having an attitude of gratitude.
  • Stepping out of your comfort zone.

Who do you most admire? What makes him or her a better person? Choose right now to strive to reflect one of the traits of that person.