Teaching Helps for President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's "Bearers of Heavenly Light"

In the Priesthood Session of October 2017 General Conference, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave a talk entitled, "Bearers of Heavenly Light." He encouraged us to step in the light of Lord and avoid spiritual sickness.

 
 

There has been a lot of talk about light recently especially when you consider the Church's campaign at Christmas to Light the World. It seems we need to really understand the doctrine of light as President Uchtdorf stated in his talk. 


Questions

  • What helps you during spiritual trials?
  • How can you prepare yourself for spiritual trials?
  • How do we step into "the everlasting Light of Christ"?
  • What does the scripture in John 8:12 mean for you?
  • What is one way we can dispel darkness?
  • In what ways do you bear light?
  • How do you let your light shine?
  • How have you experienced God's light?
  • What role does the Priesthood play in sharing light?
  • How can you actively allow light into your life?

Teaching Thoughts

From the Church, "Invite members to search President Uchtdorf’s message and identify how the presence or absence of divine light can affect our lives. You could invite members to study some of the scriptures that President Uchtdorf references and identify truths related to spiritual light. What does the metaphor about the eclipse teach us about the role of agency in seeking spiritual light? What can we do to share Jesus Christ’s divine light with others, especially with our families and with 'our youth, who are seeking light'?"

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.

  • President Uchtdorf said, "The more we understand and apply the doctrinal concept of light, the more we can guard against spiritual sicknesses..." Spend time discussing the doctrine of light- what is it, how do we gain it, etc. You can use these light scriptures to help you discuss it.
  • We gain knowledge line upon line,  little bit by little bit. You can listen to the "Line Upon Line" song or scene from Saturday's Warrior (with permission, of course). 
  • Try this fun light of the world activity to talk about how we can add line upon line, light upon light. 
  • President Uchtdorf stated, "Darkness is not an indication that there is no light. Most often, it simply means we're not in the right place to receive the light... Satan will make every effort to create a shadow or get us into a shadow of our own making." Where do shadows come from? What happens when we step into a shadow? You can demonstrate this principle with a flashlight and an object. You can also tie in a little of Elder Gary E. Stevenson's "Spiritual Eclipse" talk. 
  • Can we hold light? Most of the time we need something to help us hold the light. What might that represent in gospel terms? The Priesthood is one example.
  • President Uchtdorf mentions not feeling qualified or adequate. Site some scriptural examples of individuals that felt the same way and what we can learn from them. For instance, Moses felt unqualified as did Enoch. Why does God call imperfect people? 
  • You can use light as the prescription for spiritual sickness. You can put a small flashlight inside a medicine bottle to represent this. 
  • The light of Christ can "dispel even the most profound darkness." Discuss how and why this is true and the hope that it brings. 
  • Talk about what light does- it allows you to see new things, the sunlight allows things to grow, etc. How does God's light do the same?
  • Use his object lesson of night and day as mentioned in his talk. 
  • Save time to share moments of service when divine light has shone into your class members' lives. President Uchtdorf encourages sharing these moments with family, friends, and youth so they can have a testimony and hope of the light that comes.