Come Follow Me


A Light in Darkness

Reinforces this week’s “Come Follow Me” study: Doctrine & Covenants 49-50
“That Which Is of God Is Light”


Doctrine and Covenants 50:23-24

“And that which doth not edify is not of God, and is darkness. That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.”


Teach Me to Walk in the Light, Children’s Songbook page 177


Because the Church was so new, many of the early Saints didn’t know how to practice their new religion. Many brought with them their old beliefs and customs. Some of these old beliefs were confusing, and Joseph Smith asked the Lord to help him understand what was right and what to do. The Lord helped Joseph to know the truth. He taught Joseph that “darkness is not of God” and “that which is of God is light.” Think about how you might feel if you were trying to walk across a dark, unfamiliar room. You might feel confused, uneasy, lost, or even scared. If the light was turned on, you would be able to see clearly and easily find your way across the room without confusion. Spiritual light helps us to feel confident and peaceful, knowing God can help us. If we are ever confused about a gospel principle, we can ask the Lord to help us understand, just like Joseph Smith did.


“The more we incline our hearts and minds toward God, the more heavenly light distills upon our souls. And each time we willingly and earnestly seek that light, we indicate to God our readiness to receive more light. Gradually, things that before seemed hazy, dark, and remote become clear, bright, and familiar to us.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf


  • How might you feel if you were surrounded by darkness?
  • How might you feel if you were surrounded by light?
  • How does understanding the difference between light and dark help us know what is true?
  • Why does the Lord compare the early Saints to children?
  • Why does the Lord compare Himself to a good shepherd?

Activity idea:

Light & Dark Guessing Game

Light & Dark

Play this guessing game and discover how much more clearly we can see when we have light. Just like physical light can help us see better to make good choices, spiritual light can help us understand better to make right choices.

Treat idea:

Shortbread Shepherd's Crooks

Shortbread Shepherd's Crooks

Jesus called Himself "the good shephard" in D&C 50:44. Make these delicious shortbread cookies shaped like shepherd's crooks and talk about how Jesus is like a shepherd.

These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.

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