There were so many juicy and uplifting messages shared during General Conference this fall. Due to traveling I missed some sessions and had to catch up afterward. When I caught the Women’s Session during the following week, the very first talk hit home for me. Bringing the light of the gospel into my home is something I am trying to work on every day. This topic is also wonderful to share with our youth and adult classes: how can we be bringing the light of the gospel into our homes, communities, workplaces, and schools? It’s easier said than done, but Sister Jean B. Bingham hit the nail on the head. This is a lesson outline for the October 2016, General Conference talk “I will bring the Light of the Gospel into my Home”.
General Conference Lesson
Ask the following questions to promote discussion on the material in this lesson. Feel free to use the corresponding quotes from the talk to support answers.
How can we bring the light of the gospel into our homes, schools, and communities?
President Thomas S Monson said “We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. For maximum happiness, peace, and contentment, may we choose a positive attitude.”7
“Some years ago a cherished friend noted, “The greatest form of charity may be to withhold judgment.”4 -Jean B. Bingham
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In what ways can we look for the good in others and in the circumstances around us?
“Can we, with love and high hopes, look for and embrace the beauties in others, allowing and encouraging progress? Can we rejoice in the accomplishments of others while continuing to work toward our own improvement?”
How can we improve our Charity towards others?
“Charity, in positive terms, is patient, kind, and content. Charity puts others first, is humble, exercises self-control, looks for good in others, and rejoices when someone does well.13“
Print off the General Conference talk “I will bring the Light of the Gospel into my Home”. Choose 2-3 sections that you feel would be good to study. Split the group of students into the number of sections you have chosen and give them a few minutes to read over and discuss the text. Have them answer the questions, “what guidance have we received to become more charitable?” and “how can we bring the light of the gospel into the world around us?”
Wrap up your thoughts and close with the quote from Sister Jean B Bingham:
“Yes, we can bring the light of the gospel into our homes, schools, and workplaces if we look for and share positive things about others and let the less-than-perfect fade away. What gratitude fills my heart when I think of the repentance that our Savior, Jesus Christ, has made possible for all of us who have inevitably sinned in this imperfect and sometimes difficult world!”- Jean B. Bingham