Thursday, July 5, 2012

I am grateful for light.

I have been drawn to the subject of light lately. I find myself frequently pondering upon the words "sun" and "son," and marveling at their similarities. For example, we look to the sun to provide light, warmth and life. Likewise, we look to our Savior, the Son of God , to provide light (3 Nephi 19:25), warmth (3 Nephi 19:13), and Eternal life (Romans 6:23).

Last fast and testimony meeting, I was thinking about the concept of light with regards to testimonies, and I wondered to myself, "How can someone say I KNOW the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true?" Suddenly the image of the sun entered my mind, and I began to contemplate on how I KNOW the sun is real. I KNOW the sun is real because it rises everyday, but really that fact alone isn't enough. It occurred to me that the sun could rise and set without me even knowing it was there if it wasn't for the warmth and light it provided. Because of this warmth and light that I tangibly feel and see everyday of my life, I can say with perfect knowledge, I KNOW that the sun is real.

Then I began to ponder upon how I KNOW the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, and how I KNOW that Jesus Christ is my Savior. And I discovered that I KNOW these things are true because, just like the sun, the light of Christ powerfully rises within me and radiates in my countenance to all those around me when I choose to follow the Savior's teachings. I am then blessed with the warmth and peace of the Holy Ghost which greater testifies to me of my Savior's existance and His plan. Oppositely, when I do not follow the principles taught by our Savior, I am dark and inwardly it feels like my life is void of the sun. Simply put, when I follow the Son, I feel light. When I choose to stray from the Son, I feel darkness.

So, just as perfectly as I KNOW the sun is real, I KNOW that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's true church on earth, and Jesus Christ is my Savior. Mosiah 16:9 "He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death." As a side note, don't you love that the one day we have dedicated to full worship of our Savior is called "Sun"day.

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