These notes are my own personal thoughts on the Gordon B. Hinckley lesson manual, chapter 8 entitled “We Look to Christ”. All of the personal stories are my own, while all of the doctrine comes from LDS literature.
Jesus Christ is often talked about as our older brother. A sibling that loved us so dearly that He gave His life for us. The Son of our Heavenly Father who loves us so much that He gave His Only Begotten Son to save us.
Does anyone here have older siblings?
- Did you ever have a class from a teacher that your older sibling had and the teacher already had an opinion of you based on who your sibling was?
This is what being a member of this church is like:
- Jesus is our brother
- We claim to be followers of Christ
- We promise to take His name upon us
- We must represent him in all of our words and actions
- We have to live up to the example that our big brother left for us on this earth
READ STORY ABOUT THE CROSS
- Starting before section 1: “We recently held an open house in the Mesa, Arizona temple.”
Does anyone have any thoughts on this story?
- What really stood out to me is that our only defining characteristic of our religion is the way that we act and treat others. We are supposed to live as Christ lived. We don’t wear crosses, we don’t focus on His death. We live to emulate His life!
Section 1: Jesus Christ Is The Son Of The Living God
Gordon B Hinckley said, “absolutely basic to our faith is our testimony of Jesus Christ as the son of God.”
One of the best ways to gain a testimony of Christ is to learn about His life.
What stories of Jesus’s life have special meaning to you?
- When He taught in the temple at 12. (Luke 2: 41-52)
- When He was baptised by John the Baptist (Matthew 3: 13-17)
- When He fasted for 40 days (Matthew 4: 1-4)
- He raised the dead (John 11: 38-44)
- When He washed the disciples feet (John 13: 1-17)
- The miracle of the loaves and fishes (Matthew 14: 13-21)
- He forgave the people who crucified Him (Luke 23: 34)
- When He was resurrected (Luke 24: 1-7)
PERSONAL STORY: One of my favorite stories of Christ, is when He washed the disciples feet. I am personally terrible at remembering to do service. I always think that if I’m going to serve, it has to be something big, something noticeable. But Christ showed us that the simple acts of service are just as impactful in our lives. My fiance, David, knows that the greatest act of service he can give me is to rub my feet after a long day. For some reason I always draw that correlation to Christ. It is such a simple act of service, but to have someone care enough to just touch my feet. It is very humbling. And I can only imagine how the disciples felt.
Does anyone else have a story they would like to share?
The main reason we are all here, in church today, following Christ. Is because he was more than just a prophet. He is the Son of God. And His atonement allows us to return to our Heavenly Father.
Why are you grateful for the Savior’s atonement?
PERSONAL STORY: I’m grateful for the atonement because I know what it is like to leave the church and come back. When I was in college I made a lot of friends who didn’t share my beliefs. I thought that it would be fine, that they wouldn’t rub off on me, but their influence affected the way I started seeing the world and religion. I’ll admit, when I was in this state, I didn’t appreciate the atonement.
When I started regularly attending church again and actively seeking repentance, I really felt the power of the atonement. It was hard at first, to own up to the fact that I had strayed so far from the teachings of the church. But as I came closer to Christ, the more I felt like a weight was lifted off of my shoulders. The atonement now, is a constant reminder that God loves us so much that he let his Son die for us. And I am so grateful to know that Christ can relate to my pain. It is the most comforting feeling in the world.
Section 2: Each of us can know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Redeemer of the world, resurrected from the grave.
I want you to ask yourselves a question. You don’t need to raise your hands.
Do you actually believe that Jesus Christ died for us and then woke up from the dead three days later?
The thought is like something out of a fantasy novel, but it really happened. Gordon B. Hinckley said there are three things you can do to help you gain a better understanding of Christ. Can you guys name what those things are?
- Read the scriptures especially about the life of Christ
- Serve others as Jesus served
- Pray to our loving Heavenly Father
Would anyone like to share about how these steps have helped deepen your spiritual understanding?
Section 3: We need to continually ask ourselves, “What shall we do with Jesus who is called Christ?”
What can we learn from Jesus Christ?
- Love one another
- Serve each other
- Keep the commandments
- Communicate with Heavenly Father
- Share the gospel
- We need to be baptized
How would your life be different if Jesus had never come to earth to atone for us?
PERSONAL STORY: Jesus Christ is more than just a figure in an ancient story. He has been my example, my friend, and someone who has advocated for my soul. If He hadn’t come to earth and given His life for me, I would have a lot of regret in my life. All of my pain and mistakes are completely washed away because of Him and I can’t thank Him or Heavenly Father enough for that gift.
Section 4: We look to Jesus Christ as the rock of our salvation, our strength, our comfort, and the focus of our faith.
I want to read to you the first paragraph in section 4:
“We know not what lies ahead of us. We know not what the coming days will bring. We live in a world of uncertainty. For some, there will be great accomplishment. For others, disappointment. For some, much of rejoicing and gladness, good health, and gracious living. For others, perhaps sickness and a measure of sorrow. We do not know. But one thing we do know. Like the polar star in the heavens, regardless of what the future holds, there stands the Redeemer of the world, the Son of God, certain and sure as the anchor of our immortal lives. He is the rock of our salvation, our strength, our comfort, the very focus of our faith.”
I want you all to think of a time when you have felt the Savior’s strength and comfort in a time of need. Would anyone like to share?
If not, close by saying:
I know that Jesus Christ came to this earth for me. I know he came for you. I know that Heavenly Father gave us the ultimate gift the day that the savior payed for our sins and sadnesses.
I would like to challenge you all to think about your favorite story of Christ, and respond how He did. Serve someone, forgive someone or yourself, or share your testimony.
I am grateful to have such a loving Heavenly Father and a big brother who would die for me. Take this Easter week to honor the life of Christ. And I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.