Tag Archives: Light of Christ

An Extra Special Christmas Season


For an extra special Christmas season this year, consider joining along in the “Light the world. In 25 ways. Over 25 days” initiative by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ primary organization.  They have put together suggestions of things that children can do daily to celebrate and share the Spirit of Christmas in December.  Check it out at Mormon.org/downloads.

And of course, teens and adults can participate as well!

“‘We are reminding children that Jesus Christ is the light of the world,’ said Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President. By participating in the “Light the World” initiative, children can do the things that help them not only come to know, but also emulate, the Savior.

“’We love the children,’ she said. ‘We have faith in them to be lights. We see their potential and it is grand.’…

“Serving others is ‘not a burden, but a way of life,’ explained Sister Jones, noting that she hopes this campaign will help families realize ‘we don’t do anything without Him.’

“‘When children share their light, they give a beautiful Christmas gift, said Sister Bingham, First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency. ‘You can give a Christmas gift of service—the most powerful gift you can give.’

“Sister Cordon said children can be involved in the campaign in simple ways without spending money. As they do, their hearts will change and they will have different expectations of Christmas; instead of wondering what they will get this year they will say, ‘What are we going to do for someone else today?’

“’We need to bring the Savior into our hearts and into our families,’ she said….’We are all trying to walk the same path that He walked,’ added Sister Cordon.  ‘We are trying to see others the way He sees them,’ said Sister Jones….finding ways to light the world will not be hard.  ‘There are so many sad people in the world.’

“‘These things come natural to children, who are so full of love and compassion,’ said Sister Bingham.”

How about it, are you game?  🙂

Talked in Church This Sunday


Today I spoke in Church.  As I mentioned in my last post, the subject was: Christ –  The Light of the World.

Here are the basics of what I said:

This has been a beautiful week!  Being asked to talk about Christ – The Light of the World gave me a wonderful focus to my week.

I read the scriptures, searched the last General Conference talks, reviewed other resources from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and had many wonderful thoughts and inspiration.

Focusing on such an uplifting topic was wonderful!

In Moroni 7:15-17 it says:

For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to judge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night.

For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.

But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.”

This means that the light of Christ (sometimes referred to as a conscience) is given to everyone so that we will be able to tell good from bad.  The way to tell the difference is plain, so that anyone will be able to know what is good and what is bad.

Anything that helps us to love God, want to pray to Him, or encourages us to do good to others, we know for sure those things are good and come from God.

And anything that teaches us not to believe in God, makes us not want to pray, or discourages us from doing things for others (service), we know for sure those things are not good and are from Satan.

This is the key.  Our loving Father in Heaven gave us the light of Christ and this key to understanding it so that we don’t have to wander in darkness.  It is very plain what is good and what is evil.

I was fortunate enough to have wonderful parents who loved the gospel and were very active in the Church!  They were born in Germany and lived through World War II as young children.

People there remained strong because they had the Church in their lives.  Even when they lost contact with Church Headquarters, they continued to read the scriptures and use the manuals they had to strengthen and support each other.

My mother’s strong faith and example was a strong influence in my life.  I learned what was good and have tried to hang on to that all my life.

We are so blessed in this day and age to have many, many resources for good around us.  In the world society struggles so much, and teaches many falsehoods, many of them so often that some people start thinking it sounds plausible.  We are not left to wander alone or to be tossed about with every whim that the latest fad dictates.

Heavenly Father has given us scriptures, modern-day prophets, the Church organization, and many wonderful resources.  We know who we are, who we can become, and how to get there!  We can have feelings of peace in this world and hope for great blessings in the world to come.

I am so thankful for the knowledge of the gospel that I have.  I know that God loves us, that we are His children, that He has sent us here for a glorious purpose, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has His power and authority to bind families together forever and enable us to return to live with God in His presence in peace and happiness with our family and friends for all eternity.  These blessings can be ours as we follow the principles and ordinances of Christ’s restored gospel.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Getting Past Worry


Beloved hubby was having a rough night and I ended up letting all the cares and concerns of life drive sleep from me.  As one worry after another marched across the stage of my mind, causing me greater and greater anxiety, I found myself feeling that life is running away with me and I have no control any more.

As I contemplated, and prayed, to know what to do about this situation, finally the thought came that I need to count my blessings.

Counting your blessings has wonderful analgesic properties.  It raises you out of the depths of self-pity, the woes of helplessness, the darkness of hopelessness and self-centeredness, and brings you back into the light.

Light.

The word itself feels light and bright.  It brings to mind vision, the ability to see, to see more clearly.  It is accompanied by the thought, “The Light of Christ”.

Suddenly I am feeling more hopeful, more enlightened.  Even before I begin the count of blessings that I have I have become more positive!  Life is not so gloomy anymore.  Worry has now all but vanished from me.

I know not to let worry overcome me, and I think of a story I heard about the apostles feeling greatly distressed, standing in a small circle with their heads down, feeling the weight of their doubts and fears, not realizing that if they were to look up they would see their Savior standing there over them trying to bless and help them, wanting to alleviate their pain and suffering if they would but turn to Him.

When things seem dark and foreboding and we can see no way out, counting our blessings is a good beginning to let the light of Christ back into our lives and to chase those negative thoughts off the stage of our mind.

Light dispels darkness, and hope overcomes fear.  🙂

25 Days of Christ – Day 3


Yesterday we talked about Christ being the Light that we follow to have true happiness, and to return to God.

In the New Testament, John also points out, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1:1-5

What does he mean by “light shineth”, and how can darkness comprehend not?  Is darkness simply a state without light, or is John referring to darkness as being an entity or rather group of entities?

Abraham 3:27-28 adds: “And the Lord said: Whom shall I send? And one answered like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me. And another answered and said: Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will send the first. And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate; and, at that day, many followed after him.”

Revelation 12:7-9 provides further enlightenment:  “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

From these scriptures we learn:

  • Christ (the Word) was with God in the beginning
  • Many others were also there with God and Christ – in fact, everyone was there as we are all children of God
  • God planned to create a place for His children where they could progress
  • Christ offered to show us the way to live
  • Satan rebelled against God and Christ
  • Satan and those who followed him were cast out of Their presence

Jesus Christ was chosen by Heavenly Father to be our example.  We can look to that example when we are unsure what to do, or don’t know where to turn.  We are not left to wander alone.  Christ’s light dispels the darkness, enlightening and strengthening us so we can make progress while living here on the earth.

Come With Me To Church!


Knowing that Mom and Dad would probably soon be going to the hospital to have the baby, I offered to take the kids to church with me.  Why bother going to church?  Why worry about it at a time such as this?

That thought crossed my mind as I text messaged the invitation, so as not to disturb this precious yet precarious time in their lives.

Going to church has always been very important to me.  I was raised that way.  You go every week.  You just don’t skip going.  You only miss if you or someone you have to care for is ill.  As a matter of fact, if we went on vacation over the Sabbath, we found the local meetinghouse and attended there.

The benefits of doing this have been astounding.  There is, in fact, a synergetic relationship between going to church and living the commandments of God and the attendant blessings that are bestowed.  And this is because, as it says in the Doctrine and Covenants 130:20-21, “There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated – and when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.”

One of the benefits I have been blessed with in my life is a steadfast belief in God, our Father in Heaven; never wavering, no matter what the ever-changing and shifting philosophies of society’s latest craze tried to espouse.  I never had to wonder if what was being proclaimed by the news, media, government or social group was truth or not.  I could weigh it against the steadfast teachings of the gospel as taught in the scriptures, the Prophet of God, and in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and know for myself whether it was true or not.  I could pray to a loving God who blessed every one of His children with the Light of Christ so each of them could know for themselves, if they would humble themselves and ask Him in faith.

Moroni 7:16 in the Book of Mormon says:

“16 For behold, the aSpirit of Christ is given to every bman, that he may cknow good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.

 17 But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do aevil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.

 18 And now, my brethren, seeing that ye know the alight by which ye may judge, which light is the light of Christ, see that ye do not judge wrongfully; for with that same bjudgment which ye judge ye shall also be judged.”

I invite you too, to “come to church with me” and feel the things I have felt, learn the things I have learned, and receive the blessings I have received!