LDS Teaching Ideas for "Spiritual Eclipse" by Elder Gary E. Stevenson

"Spiritual Eclipse" by Elder Gary E. Stevenson is a great analogy on how we need to be careful not to cover our view of the Savior with life's distractions. What priorities do we have on a daily basis?

 
 

Print the above quote to pass out to those in your class as well as those that can't attend. 


Questions

  • What are some things you can do to prevent spiritual eclipses?
  • What is the difference between gospel glasses and blinders?
  • How can perspective help you see all the relevant information in a meaningful relationship?
  • When can virtues become vices? How can you be careful this doesn't happen?
  • What can we do to avoid the "idealized reality and debilitating comparisons"? 
  • How are you using social media to meaningfully connect with others and add light to their lives?
  • What can you do to rid yourselves of pride?
  • What are some distractions we allow to take over our whole vision?
  • How can we put on our gospel glasses?
  • In what ways does the lens of the gospel allow us to see more?
  • How does enhanced perspective change your focus, priorities, problems, temptations, and mistakes?
  • What good things might block our sun? In what ways?
  • How can you use social media for good? How can you teach the youth to use it well?
  • What are some ways we might be prideful?
  • How do we let pride damage our family relationships?
  • "How is it possible that the very source of our warmth, light, and life could be so greatly obscured by something comparatively insignificant in size?"

Teaching Thoughts

From the Church, "Have any of your quorum or Relief Society members experienced a solar eclipse? If so, you could invite one of them to explain the analogy that Elder Stevenson shares about a 'spiritual eclipse.' What obstacles can 'block out the magnitude, brightness, and warmth of the light of Jesus Christ and His gospel'? How can social media distract us from 'the beauty, warmth, and heavenly light of the gospel'? How do we put on 'gospel glasses' that protect us from spiritual blindness? What does Elder Stevenson’s analogy teach us about maintaining a gospel perspective?"

These are my ideas. My hope is that reading my thoughts will be a springboard to finding the right plans for your class. Remember you are leading a discussion, not teaching a lesson so you may only need one of these ideas.

  • Perform the object lesson Elder Stevenson mentions in his talk with the bike tire and the pebble. People can hold up their own pebble or use their thumb.
  • Use my block object lesson (see my video in this lesson help) and ask if we are underneath the blocks or on top (wearing the gospel glasses or not).
  • Use a Magic Eye type of picture to demonstrate how our perspective change when we put on gospel glasses. You could also do this with hidden picture images- the ones when you wear the red glasses you can see the image.
  • Go ahead and describe the same analogy as Elder Stevenson, writing the key elements on the board. Then go through and define the symbolism and what we can do about it. You could even use this clip from Elder Stevenson's talk.
  • As you discuss social media and the consequence of comparison, show his great Family Portrait video. 
  • Discuss what being meek and humble really mean. These are often misunderstood qualities. See Elder Ulisses Soares talk for further help on this.
  • Spend time discussing how we can help our youth and each other learn to use social media appropriate, especially when it comes to learning the gospel. Banning technology isn't the answer, we need to teach them how to properly use it.