Last Sunday I was asked to give the lesson in our Relief Society meeting. Most members of our Church (in the US) were at home watching Conference, but we were not, because very few in our branch have access to good Internet. (We will watch it together on DVD this coming Easter weekend.)
Being that Easter is my favorite “holiday” I decided that last Sunday’s lesson would be on the subject of Christ, the Atonement and the Resurrection. I worked on my lesson all week long, but in the end I felt that I had a lot to say, but that the Holy Spirit had more! So, I went searching for a way that I could invite the Spirit into my lesson and let him do the teaching. I always want the Spirit to do the teaching, but this time around it felt different, much more urgent. Then, I remembered the videos that our Church has put out about the life of Christ. As I watched them, I wondered why there was no music. They seemed so quiet, and then I realized, “THIS is exactly what I am looking for!” Music creates emotion and I don’t want the people in my class to necessarily feel emotion, I want them to feel the SPIRIT!
To my great surprise, after setting up the room for the video presentation, the Elders Quorum joined us. The Branch President said, “I hear you have a special lesson for us today!” I was nervous! What if it doesn’t work the way
I had planned the Spirit intended? Well, it DID and MORE! Not a single eye in the room was left dry and when we were finished no one wanted to move. The room was quiet as if every one felt that any movement would cause the Spirit to flee. Slowly, slowly, people began to get up and quietly move around and speak, but the feeling lasted for quite a while. It was really wonderful.
So, I’d like to try and recreate that here for you. Please, take a moment (or 40), grab a cup of hot cocoa, quiet the kids and settle in. Let the words of the scriptures and the feeling of the story do its work. I hope that you will walk away as edified as I was by the experience.
But these are written,
that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of God;
and that believing
ye might have life through his name.