Light And Beauty

“I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.” (John 12:46)

The other day while my friend and I were driving, we past this tree that was absolutely beautiful! We both found it quite odd that we had passed this tree numerous times and never noticed it before. I commented that it must have been the way the afternoon light was hitting it that made it look that way. We both agreed. I wish I would have been able to take a picture of this tree! As I pondered on the beauty of this tree and the reasons why it was so beautiful at this moment, it made me realize the importance of light. It was the light that made us be able to see this tree in its real beauty. This made me think about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Each one of us brings a light to this earth, because we are filled with the light of Christ. “I am the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world,”the Savior said. By using the Light of Christ to discern and choose what is right, we can be led to an even greater light: the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Elder Robert D. Hales). As we grow spiritually and fill ourselves with the knowledge of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, we will be filled with eve more light and knowledge. That light that is within us with be seen outwardly. It will be beautiful to others. This light must be renewed constantly though. It doesn’t stay with us if we are doing things contrary to what God would have us do. That light that will generate outward wont be as bright and beautiful. Just as we wouldn’t have been able to seen the beauty of the tree without the light, we too cannot see as clearly the beauty within ourselves and the world around us if we do not fill ourselves with this light. As the Savior said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:15-16). Just as that beautiful tree brought a smile to my face, you never know who you will impact when you let your let shine!

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