From Darkness to Light

I have been teaching Primary for a year now. I love this calling! It is the best calling in the church! I love revealing knowledge that is new to these kids and asking them questions. I love learning the stories of the gospel with details that I didn’t know before and then I get to practice my storytelling skills and tell these stories to the children. Some of them don’t think about the question but some do and I can mentally picture the gears turning in their heads as they ponder.

A few weeks ago in my class the lesson included the following experience. I am including it here because it gives me such a feeling of peace, light, and gratitude when I read it. It really shows the power that the light of restoration has on us. We were all born with the light of Christ but we need more light than that to get back to God.

First I made the room as dark as possible. Then I told the children the story of a group of tourists who went into a deep, dark cave. Once inside the cave the guide turned off the lights, waited for a few minutes, and then asked each person to point in the direction of the exit. When the lights came back on, people were pointing in all different directions.

Then I made my classroom light again, and then I read this quote from Elder Robert D. Hales:

“If the power of the priesthood were not upon the earth, the adversary would have freedom to roam and reign without restraint. There would be no gift of the Holy Ghost to direct and enlighten us; no prophets to speak in the name of the Lord; no temples where we could make sacred, eternal covenants; no authority to bless or baptize, to heal or comfort. … There would be no light, no hope—only darkness” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1995, p. 40; or Ensign, Nov. 1995, p. 32).

I am so grateful for this light! I am grateful for Joseph Smith for being an instrument to bring this light to the earth and that I was born when this light was upon the earth.

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