Mentor Training

What and Why of Mentoring. This includes the history and spirit of mentoring.

The What and Why of Mentoring

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

The story:

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:

Matthew 4:18-20

  • 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.

Matthew 14:28-31

  • 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?

Matthew 5:1-2

  • 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.

What Do These Verses Teach Us about Mentoring As The Savior Did?

How Can We Mentor?


President Gordon B. Hinckley counseled that new converts need friends, responsibility and nourishment in the good word of God. Everyone in your stewardship also needs these 3 crucial things in order to thrive and find success in their lives. Here is a little more context to each principle:

FRIEND: “someone to whom the student can constantly turn, who will walk beside him, who will answer his questions, who will understand his problems.” (Gordon B Hinckley)

RESPONSIBILITY: Activity (or action) by which students can grow. “Every [student] deserves a responsibility. Take a chance on them. They will make mistakes—so what? The important thing is the growth. One benefit of activity is fellowship.” (Gordon B Hinckley)

NOURISHED by the good word of God: “they were numbered among the people of the church of Christ; and their names were taken, that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word of God, to keep them in the right way, to keep them continually watchful unto prayer, relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith.” (Moroni 6:4)




What are the three things every "new member" (person) needs?

  • A visit, a prayer, and a friend.
  • Friend, Responsibility, Nourishment
  • Scripture study, church attendance, meaningful prayer

The Mentor Process

Here are the 6 steps of the mentoring process that will help you serve those within your sphere of influence:

  1. Build Trust

  2. Assess

  3. Teach and Invite

  4. Help and Refer

  5. Next Steps

  6. Follow-up

Study this process and become familiar with it so that you will be able to more effectively mentor.

The Mentor Process

  • Step 1
    Build Trust
  • Step 2
  • Step 3
    Teach and Invite
  • Step 4
    Help and Refer
  • Step 5
    Next Steps
  • Step 6

Testing your mentor knowledge

You have been assigned to mentor this student. Put your mentor skills to the test! Remember the mentor process!



An Introduction to FERPA 

The FERPA quiz is intended for all whom are currently employed at the LDS Business College or involved in any volunteer capacity on campus that includes the handling of, or being in close proximity to, sensitive student information.

The next few videos were produced by BYU and are intended for employees but have very helpful principles that apply to us as volunteer mentors at LDS Business College.

What does FERPA stand for?

  • Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act
  • Federal Education Regional Protection Act
  • Financial Educational and Relational Protection Act
  • Feed Every Rabid Poodle Act

Basic FERPA Training for Employees and Volunteers

This video was produced by BYU and is intended for employees but has very helpful principles that apply to us as volunteer mentors at LDS Business College.

FERPA Basic Training Assessment. Answer the following True/False Statements

  • A parent can get information on their child over the phone.
  • You Can Give out Information to a Third Party Individual Over the Phone if They Verify Their Relationship With the Individual They Are Seeking Information For...
  • The correct response to give over the phone to someone requesting access to a restricted record is "I have no information on that individual."
  • An individual can be given information over the phone if they prove they are that individual by correctly answering a series of questions that only they would know the answer to.

FERPA Assessment

Complete the FERPA assessment in a new window and then return to this course and finish the module.


FERPA Assessment

FERPA Assessment

  • I completed the FERPA training and Assessment


Congratulations on completing the Mentor Training! 

Click the "Home" button below and then click the "Submit Results" button on the home page to  turn in your responses. You will be contacted shortly to with the next steps in your mentoring experience.

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