There are so many great resources that go with this lesson! I hope you'll find something here that will benefit you, and if you find something else that I haven't shared, please feel free to email me! I love to get more resources that I might have missed, and it's always wonderful to hear from others what they have used and loved.
The greatest, most capable, most accomplished man who ever walked this earth was also the most humble. He performed some of His most impressive service in private moments, with only a few observers, whom He asked to “tell no man” what He had done.15 When someone called Him “good,” He quickly deflected the compliment, insisting that only God is truly good.16 Clearly the praise of the world meant nothing to Him; His single purpose was to serve His Father and “do always those things that please him.”17 We would do well to follow the example of our Master.
With patience and persistence, even the smallest act of discipleship or the tiniest ember of belief can become a blazing bonfire of a consecrated life. In fact, that’s how most bonfires begin—as a simple spark.
On Being Genuine by Dieter F. Uchtdorf
I enjoyed this talk by Elder Hales about the light of Christ and how, thanks to the Holy Ghost, we are invited to have it with us always. I wrote more about this talk in my weekly email, but I loved this quote:
In this, the last great conflict between light and darkness, I am grateful for the opportunity to “endure hardness, as a [disciple] of Jesus Christ.” With Paul, I declare, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.”I bear my special witness that Jesus Christ “is the light and the life of the world; yea, [the] light that is endless, that can never be darkened.”
He is the Light of Bethlehem, born of Mary, His mortal mother, and His Father, Almighty God.
He is the Light who was baptized by immersion, by John the Baptist, upon whom the Holy Ghost was manifest in the Spirit like a dove descending.
He is the Light in whom His Father was well pleased.
He is the Light at the head of the ancient Church, organized with Twelve Apostles, prophets, and seventies.
He is the Light of the Atonement fulfilled in the Garden of Gethsemane and on Golgotha, who took upon Himself the sins of the world, that all mankind may obtain eternal salvation.
He is the Light of the empty tomb, the resurrected Lord with a glorified body of flesh and bone, who broke the bands of death and gained an everlasting victory over the grave.
He is the Light that ascended into heaven before the eyes of His disciples, with a promise that in like manner He would come again.
He is the Light that appeared with His Father and restored, through the Prophet Joseph Smith, the same Church He established during His ministry on earth.
He is the Light that leads and guides this Church today through revelation to a prophet, his counselors, and the Twelve Apostles.
He is my Light, my Redeemer, my Savior—and yours.
You can read the full talk here: Out of Darkness and Into His Marvelous Light by Robert D. Hales
This is another fabulous talk about the light of Christ by Sharon Eubanks. I appreciate how she summed up beautifully all the things that Christ can do for us"
When tragedies overtake us, when life hurts so much we can’t breathe, when we’ve taken a beating like the man on the road to Jericho and been left for dead, Jesus comes along and pours oil into our wounds, lifts us tenderly up, takes us to an inn, looks after us. Christ Heals Us.
When expectations overwhelm us, we can step back and ask Heavenly Father what to let go of. Part of our life experience is learning what not to do. Christ is rest.
It is an unwavering requirement of Christian disciples and Latter-day Saints to show true love to one another. Jesus extends the same kind of invitation to us that He did to Zacchaeus: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if [you] hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to [you], and will sup with [you], and [you] with me.” Christ sees us in our tree.
For those seeking truth, it may seem at first to be the foolish claustrophobia of windows made of stone. But with patience and faithful questions, Jesus can transform our windows of stone to glass and light. Christ is light to see.
Jesus Christ declares, “My ways [are] higher than your ways,” and the miracle of His grace is that when we repent of our sins, His scarlet blood returns us to purity. Christ makes wool white.
Jesus said, “I am the light [that] shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.” That means no matter how hard it tries, the darkness cannot put out that light. Ever. You can trust that His light will be there for you.
You can read the full talk here: Christ: The Light That Shines in Darkness by Sharon Eubank
This was definitely one of my favorite videos that I watched this week! With all the turmoil in the world, in the news, (and with politics starting to become a topic) it can be easy for me to pace on the sidelines, wanting to make big moves and try to do something. I needed this message a lot! There is a reason to have peace and hope, despite the circumstances of the world.
My favorite quote from this video:
Because Jesus Lives I can live differently. I can act and react from a place of peace and an attitude of assurance. Jesus is in control of my past, my present and my future. Despair over my past failures or fear over future problems cannot control my present because Jesus rules with me in peace.
I really needed this video because I didn't really understand the cursing of the fig tree. If you're confused, like I was, this video explains it very well!