GCBC Week 9: Let There Be Light!

“Let There Be Light!”
Elder Quentin L. Cook
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Elder Cook’s talk is a call to action.  He wants us to be more proactive against the forces of evil.

“If we do not black out evil from our homes and lives, do not be surprised if devastating moral explosions shatter the peace which is the reward for righteous living. Our responsibility is to be in the world but not of the world.”

For me, personally, I took away three action items:

  1. Resurrect my Protecting Innocence Project and do my part to fight the influence of evil media.
  2. Be positive, be bold, and remember civility.
  3. My home needs to be a bunker– a holy refuge.

How about you? What are your favorite principles or quotes from Elder Cook’s talk?  Is there anything you learned here that you had not considered before?  What stood out to you as you studied it?  And, most importantly, what did it make you feel or want to do?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.  Participation kind of dropped off a little last week.  I know it was a crazy holiday and all, so jump back on board and be an active participant.  I’ll be sad if you start falling off the GCBC wagon.  I love your contributions.  (If this is your first time to General Conference Book Club, click here to learn more about it.)

p.s.  Thanks for your patience with the delay and your sweet comments about Clark.  He is doing fine, and I’ll post more about him tomorrow.

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11 thoughts on “GCBC Week 9: Let There Be Light!

  1. i literally just read another blog post that mentioned a guns n roses song and was going to youtube it but read your post instead–and read elder cook’s talk instead.

    i’m glad i made that choice. :)

    i love this talk. i loved it the first time, perhaps because it gives such a moderate, loving, but encouraging call to arms. it gives those of us who, perhaps, worry that we don’t have the wherewithal to stand strong and advocate for what is right to realize that we do that through our actions and through just speaking our minds. however we choose to do it, we’re still doing it, and the more we do it, the more light is spread in the world.

    it’s encouraging.

    for me and my house, these are the things that i took away (likely because they are the things i have been impressed to do anyways, but have been slow to implement for many reasons that aren’t very good but are still present):
    –discipline and consistency in family worship, including but not limited to FHE and family scripture study. i feel like we’re pretty good at everything else, but not so great at this.
    –discipline in what we allow to come into our home. i tend to like the noise of the TV on when i’m working or at home alone. i don’t, however, like what then seeps in. it’s as if i’m just opening the door and leaving it open for whatever to enter. even when i try to be diligent in choosing well, there’s just so much you can allow in your home before it becomes problematic. plus, the noise. i need more peace and quiet. i need to find a way to do that without feeling twitchy and lonely.

    thanks for hosting this for us. i quite like it, even though i’m sporadic. it’s always a reminder to me to keep what’s important first.

    • teachergirl, what you are doing is exactly what we started many years ago in our home…..we determined to do the ‘small and simple’ things of FHE, study/prayer…..at first it was hard to make it a daily habit and choice….now years later, it is a part of our daily life (though there are times when it is still a challenge)…..the results are: a marriage saved, a deeper feeling of peace in our home that wasn’t there before, a feeling/spirit of gratitude, and lots more love at home. We found that the best success for our family was to do it first, above all other things, early morning. Most of the time, it is still early morning….but on those days that just isn’t possible, it is still #1 priority for the day.

      God bless your determinations.

  2. We study a conference talk each week for FHE. Then during the week, I come to this site and listen to the talk again…..thank you for the convenient reference; and the posted comments too. Being a part of this g.c. book club is a choice blessing.

    I’m so grateful for this inspiring message, it helped comfort me, in that I have a son who gave up all religion, but I encourage him to seek all that is decent and honest, and to continue being respectful of all others.
    I have sorrowed deeply over the years in seeing the evils promoted as acceptable behavior in our society. As I read this message, I could ‘envision’ good people across the world, forming of ‘web of light’ that will uphold decency everywhere.

    Standing in holy places has come to mean, for me, 4 areas of focus:
    1. striving for personal holiness
    2. seeking holiness in our home
    3. holiness at church
    4. going to the temple, a most Holy place.
    During this time of determining to become more holy, I found a wonderful teaching in the Bible dictionary under TEMPLE: “Only the home can compare with the temple in sacredness”. Since then, have worked more prayerfully to create a sacred home that reflects the feelings I have in the temple.

  3. Also, I just remembered……when studying this message, I recalled a time when I worked in a convenience store, and the people who came in regularly began to apologize to me if they swore in front of me. Though I had never said anything to promote this, I realized as I read Elder Cook’s message, that it was the Light of Christ these people felt and it impressed their souls. So when we choose to even try to do good/be better, it does indeed carry a Light that influences others.
    To God be the Glory.

  4. I am a newbie … I have recently made the goal of using my time online to edify (myself, my family, etc.) … and then I came across this club – what a great thing.

    I remember that when I first listened to this talk, I was left with a distinct impression to take care of something that I had recently done that was really on the honesty borderline. It had been bothering me for some time and I am grateful that a message from an apostle was able to penetrate my heart and remind me of who I am and what I should (and shouldn’t) be doing.

    Now, with that taken care of, reading over this and watching it again has left me with the strong reminder of making my home strong, secure and safe. We have always been fairly careful as to what influences we would let into our home – I am actually pretty good at keeping the bad stuff out! However, I really need to step it up in actively bringing good, beautiful and virtuous things into our daily lives. I had a very sobering experience the other day as we set up the Christmas tree. My 10yo daughter (who is smarter than smart) told me that she now realized where the word Christmas came from. She went on to explain about how Santa is also called Kris Kringle … WOW … my heart just sank and if there was ever a moment where I felt like a pure and utter failure as a steward to these young ones I have been blessed with … THAT WAS IT! (It is so hard to share that here – I really want to delete this whole comment!!!) Anyhow, needless to say, my eyes have been opened to some very basic needs we have in our family. It’s funny because we go to church, my husband and I have both served in leadership callings, we go to the temple, we pray together, we do FHE … the whole checklist is there, but obviously, something is missing.

    Elder Cook’s talk has provided a good spring board for me to get us going in the right direction. Now, add some fasting, and a lot of prayer and I pray that Heavenly Father will shower me with inspriration as to what we are missing and how to bring that into our home. That is a pretty righteous desire, so I really hope that it will be granted.

    Anyhow – I have gone on much too long – but I am so grateful for these wonderful tools we have to learn and grow.

  5. I wanted to leave my own thoughts before I read over the others … anyhow – I really enjoyed reading the insight provided by everyone else. Janet – I enjoyed your thoughts about making the home like a temple – I have a quote by Pres. David O. McKay hanging in my home that says, “Pure hearts in a pure home are always in whispering distance from heaven.” I guess I have implemented that in a more physical way … now to work on the spiritual aspects.

    And teachergirl – I can say the same about the need for “noise” in my home. I could use more peace, I could really benefit from time left alone with my thoughts – time to ponder and reflect. It’s not going to be easy, but it is something I need to do as well.

  6. This talk is a reminder that the simple things we do in our homes to live the principles of the gospel do have an impact in changing the world around us.

    • I agree. I thought his focus on how we can influence our communities through righteous living was significant. I know sometimes people view Mormons as snobs, so I think it is important that we are righteous AND righteous for the right reasons. Then the Spirit can work through us.

  7. I actually read this talk just a couple weeks ago as I was home from church with a new baby. Loved it!

    A few thoughts stood out to me: I remembered a discussion I recently heard about not sheltering your children from the things out there in the world. While I agree that we need to help our children be aware of enough of the worldly things to be prepared to deal with it, I found Elder Cook’s talk to be an affirmation that it is okay to shelter our children from the world. In fact, it is our responsibility to keep our homes and lives filled with light so that when we leave our homes, the light we have in our homes will be carried with us. And we have that light in our homes as we create a refuge and a shelter from the wickedness of the world.

    I also really liked the discussion about the importance of basic values in the functioning of society. It seems as there is less focus in families of these basic values, we are also seeing the degradation of society in general.

  8. Great reminder of what things we should be doing in our home. They are not always easy to make happen but the rewards are great!

  9. Perhaps I’m a weirdo, but I didn’t love this talk like I have loved the other ones. I know we all hear different things, even if we’re listening to the same talk.

    When I read this, I thought mostly about my relationships that I have with non-members and how we ought to focus on our commonalities rather than our differences. As religious groups who claim to be Christian, isn’t that how we should be treating each other? Would we be arguing about what doctrine is true if Christ himself were sitting among us?

    To me, this talk seemed like an invitation to gather together with our friends, members and non-members alike and fight evil together rather than wasting time & energy trying to prove each other wrong. Satan isn’t stupid; the whole divide & conquer thing really works. So next time you think about arguing with your friend about who goes to heaven & who doesn’t (which isn’t our job to figure that out anyway), think about the real problems that we face everyday as Christians, not just members of *our* church.

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