Sister Sharon L. Eubank: ‘Christ — the Light that Shines in Darkness’

First counselor in the Relief Society general presidency

Notable quotes:

“When tragedies overtake us, when life hurts so much that we can’t breathe, when we’ve taken a beating like the man on the road to Jericho and been left for dead, Jesus comes along and He pours oil into our wounds, He lifts us tenderly up, He takes us to an inn, He looks after us.”
“I testify you are beloved. The Lord knows how hard you are trying. You are making progress. Keep going. … Your work is not in vain. You are not alone.”
“Take a few more steps on the covenant path, even if it’s too dark to see very far. The lights will come back on.”

Summary points:

  1. One of the fundamental needs of growth is to stay connected to the ultimate source of light — Jesus Christ.
  2. Through keeping covenants, individuals are able to bring the Savior’s light to their life as well as the lives of people they love.
  3. No matter a person’s situation in life, Christ is the ultimate source of light, healing and rest.

Talk summary:

To those who feel paralyzed with grief, who are "just so tired," who feel they don't fit the "traditional mold," who are splintering with questions or who feel they will never be good enough, Christ is the source of light, healing and rest.

"When tragedies overtake us, when life hurts so much that we can't breathe, when we've taken a beating like the man on the road to Jericho and been left for dead, Jesus comes along and He pours oil into our wounds, He lifts us tenderly up, He takes us to an inn, He looks after us."

Just as Christ made great efforts to reach out to all kinds of people — especially those who weren't traditionally accepted in society — He continues to reach out to every person today.

Sister Eubank reminds those who are weighed down and irritated with questions that "this isn't the stage in our eternal development where we have all answers. But it is the stage where we develop our assurance (or sometimes hope) in the evidence of things not seen. Assurance comes in ways that aren't always easy to analyze, but there is light in our darkness."

What is the key to reconnecting to the power of Jesus Christ when one's faith is flickering?

The answer: make Christ the center of your life.

"If you feel that the beacon of your testimony is sputtering and darkness is closing in, take courage," she said. "Keep your promises to God. Ask your questions. Patiently melt stone to glass. Turn to Jesus Christ who loves you still."

In the news:

  • For the 2018 Christmas Devotional, Sister Eubank gave a talk titled “Silent Night, Love’s Pure Light” and shared personal memories of one of her Christmases as a little girl.
  • In November 2018, Sister Eubank participated in a conference in Baghdad, Iraq on the role of religion combating intolerance.
  • Sister Eubank participated in the G20 Interfaith Forum in Buenos, Argentina. While there, she spoke on how religious communities can make positive contributions to protecting and empowering women. She also discussed leadership opportunities women are given in local Church congregations.
  • In August 2018, Sister Eubank wrote a blog post on ChurchofJesusChrist.org about the historical connection the Relief Society has with wheat. According to her post, for 100 years, the organization collected and stored wheat for those in need; the effort eventually turned into the Church’s welfare program.

About the speaker:

  • Sister Sharon Eubank was sustained as the first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency on April 1, 2017. Previously, she served on the Relief Society general board under Sister Julie B. Beck.
  • She received her bachelor’s degree in English and history from Brigham Young University and served a full-time mission in Helsinki, Finland.
  • Her career includes working in the U.S. Senate, teaching English in Suzuka, Japan, and starting her own business in Provo, Utah. In 2005, she moved to France for a time before returning to Church employment where she is the director of LDS Charities worldwide.

Recently on social:

  • On social media, Sister Eubank has started a series of 30-second videos about transitioning home from a mission. The most recent installment includes advice from a missionary who recently returned from a mission in London, England.
  • Paying a tribute to her Beehive advisor, Janice Ridges, Sister Eubank shared on social media the value of letting the youth lead in their classes at Church.
  • In January, Sister Eubank told how she recently traveled to Baghdad, Iraq, where she met with politicians in an attempt to find solutions to end religious persecution.“