Come, Follow Me: Matthew 6-7

Hikaru Yoshida, “A Light and an Example to the World,” 2012
A key part of the Sermon on the Mount that we are studying in “Come, Follow Me” this week is the idea of prayer. Christ teaches the people how to pray by addressing our Father in Heaven with respect then asking humbly for the desires of their hearts, forgiveness for the things they do wrong, and strength to overcome the temptations they face. He closes this admonition by promising the believers, “The light of the body is the eye; if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light” (Matthew 6:22 and 3 Nephi 19:22).

Keeping your eye single to the glory of God can come in many different forms. Youth artist Hikaru Yoshida from Japan describes this in his artist statement on this piece: “My aim was to express being a light and an example to the world, centered around the eye. The eye drawn in the center and facing toward the broad expanse of the world captures the feeling of wanting to spread the light and the example of the Lord. It expresses how the whole body of every member will be filled with light if “thine eye be single,” as spoken by the Lord. I believe that all members can radiate the light the Lord desires by holding up their light.” – Aliza Keller

A Light and an Example to the World