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Open your Refrigerator Door (or Let Your Light So Shine)

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Items needed

  • a small refrigerator, plugged in OR
  • a picture of a refrigerator.  You could even make a little display fridge that opens and closes.

Set Up Display your refrigerator with the door closed. What you could say: Please listen with your spiritual ears as I describe some of the characteristics of my refrigerator. Inside my fridge I keep the foods I like most of all - fresh vegetables, cheesecakes, oranges, bacon, milk, orange juice, cheese, steaks -- all of which bring lots of joy to my family. I never put anything in the fridge that I don't want to preserve, in other words, everything inside my fridge has some value. But in fact, nothing inside my fridge is of use my family or friends unless I open the door and share it with them. When I open my refrigerator door, something magical happens – the light comes on! I especially find that light useful if it's the middle of the night and I'm hungry for some ice cream or some ice cold water. The light shows me the way to the sustenance I need and the items I enjoy. How is my fridge like missionary work?

  • It holds special things, things of value
  • The things inside are useless unless I open the door
  • The light comes on in darkness showing me the way to what I need
  • Opening the door gives me access to the nourishment found inside

What are some ways I can open my refrigerator door, or share the gospel?

  • Ministering
  • Being friendly or kind
  • Sitting by someone who is alone or new in class
  • By Example – where? everywhere, home, school, work, tax commission, school board meeting, DMV, church, bishops office, neighborhood, everywhere
  • Serve a part- or full-time mission
  • Ask the missionaries for ideas

Related Quotes from Presidents of the Church: David O McKay "Fathers and mothers, fellow workers, do you fully realize today what it means to assume the responsibility of carrying the message of peace and good will to all men? The world is hungry to hear the truth as never before in its history. We have it. Are we equal to the task--to the responsibility God has placed upon us?" (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O McKay p.52) Every member of the Church (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O McKay p 52) is responsible for opening our refrigerator doors and sharing the bread of life with our neighbors. We must let our "light so shine" so that our friends, business associates, neighbors, and families can share the good things we have inside. (Matthew 5:14-16) Indeed, President McKay said that "There is nothing that can stop the progress of truth excepting only our weakness and failure to do our duty." Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O McKay p.53) So this morning, let's learn about ways to open our refrigerator doors by studying today's lesson ...

March 20, 2005
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