By the end of this lesson you will understand the origin of mentoring and why it is so important in meaningful progress and success.
Definition and Origin
“a trusted counselor or guide”
This definition teaches us the importance of building a relationship with those we mentor.
VIDEO - Origin of Mentoring
Mentor comes from Homer's The Odyssey. Odysseus, King of Ithaca, fought in the Trojan War and entrusted the care of his household to Mentor, who served as teacher and surrogate father to Odysseus' son, Telemachus.
Mentor was someone who helped teach, train, and develop Telemachus into the future king he was born to be. The word mentor evolved to mean trusted advisor, friend, teacher and wise person.
Mentoring is a fundamental form of human development where one person invests time, energy and personal know-how in assisting the growth and ability of another person.
What Principles of Mentoring Can We Apply From This Video?
Vision of Mentoring
Vision & purpose
Our goal as mentors is to help as many of Heavenly Father's children as possible cultivate the royalty within through friendship, responsibility, and nourishment of the good word of God.
“Building Zion One Soul at a Time.”
Jesus the Perfect Mentor
The Savior was the perfect leader and mentor. He embodies all of the qualities and attributes that we should strive to emulate as we become better mentors. Watch this video about the Savior's example of Mentoring and answer the question on the next page:
What can we learn from this video about Mentoring as the Savior did?
Additional Examples of Mentoring
As we strive to mentor as the Savior, consider these three examples in the scriptures of the Savior in the capacity of Mentor:
18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
- 20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.