Visiting Teaching Message (Mar ’14)
VISITING TEACHING MESSAGE – The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Light of the World – Ensign/Liahona March 2014
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As we come to understand that Jesus Christ is the Light of the World, we will increase our faith in Him and become a light to others. Christ testified of His role as “the true light that lighteth every man [and woman] that cometh into the world” (D&C 93:2) and asked that we “hold up [His] light that it may shine unto the world” (3 Nephi 18:24).
Our prophets have also testified of the Light of Christ. President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, said: “Each time you choose to try to live more like the Savior, you will have your testimony strengthened. You will come in time to know for yourself that He is the Light of the World. … You will reflect to others the Light of Christ in your life.”1
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said of our being a light to the world: “We need to protect our families and be at the forefront together with all people of goodwill in doing everything we can to preserve light, hope, and morality in our communities.”2
From the Scriptures
John 8:12; Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Doctrine and Covenants 50:24; That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, andcontinueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.
D&C 115:5 Verily I say unto you all: Arise and shine forth, that thy lightmay be a standard for the nations;
From Our History
Latter-day Saint women today continue to hold up their light.
On the 80th floor of a high-rise in Hong Kong, China, a single sister with physical disabilities—the only Latter-day Saint in her family—created a home that was a haven where she and visitors could feel the influence of the Spirit. She kept her scriptures, her Relief Society manuals, and her hymnbook nearby. She traveled to the temple to perform ordinances for her ancestors.3
In Brazil a righteous mother raised her children in the light of the gospel. Primary songs filled the air in her red brick home, and pictures from theLiahona of temples, prophets of God, and the Savior covered the walls. She and her husband sacrificed to be sealed in the temple so their children could be born in the covenant. Her constant prayer was that the Lord would help her bring up her children in the light, truth, and strength of the gospel.4
What Can I Do?
- Discuss what it means to be a light to the world today.
- Ponder how following the Light of Christ helps you endure trials.
- Henry B. Eyring, “A Living Testimony,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2011, 128.
- Quentin L. Cook, “Let There Be Light!” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 30.
- See Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society (2011), 163–64.
- See Daughters in My Kingdom, 164.