The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Light

"The light of heaven that comes from God to enlighten the minds of the children of men is not confined to one individual, to one class or to one council or quorum; on the contrary that light is diffused through the whole body of the Priesthood and the whole body of the Church according to the faithfulness of the members. We should understand this. The light of heaven—that is, the light that enlightens our minds—is as free as the light of the sun, as free as the atmosphere we breathe." — George Q. Cannon, Gospel Truth, p. 279

"Isaiah prophesied of our time on this very subject when he said, "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isa. 5:20.) Satan offers a strange mixture of just enough good to disguise the evil along his downward path to destruction, as described by Nephi,..."

Durrel A. Woolsey 
"A Strategy for War" 
General Conference, October 1995

"Here we are, we are God's children, and we are brought forth to give us an experience, that we may know good from evil, light from darkness; that we may know how to serve God; that we may know why and wherefore we should refuse the evil and choose the good. I ask the philosophers--and I think it is probable there are some here today--how do you prove facts? By their contrast. How do you know this or that? By its contrast. We know and prove things by their opposite; we understand the evil because the good is present with us, and the Lord sends forth his intelligent children on the face of the earth to prove whether they are worthy to dwell with him in eternity." — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 17:142

"Do not allow darkness and gloom to enter into your hearts. I want to give you a rule by which you may know that the spirit which you have is the right spirit. The Spirit of God produces cheerfulness, joy, light and good feelings. Whenever you feel gloomy and despondent and are downcast, unless it be for your sins, you may know it is not the Spirit of God which you have. Fight against it and drive it out of your heart. The Spirit of God is a spirit of hope; it is not a spirit of gloom." — George Q. Cannon, Gospel Truth, Vol. 1, p.183

"To be blessed is not an end in itself; we must be a blessing to others. All people have a talent in one way or another to touch and inspire other people's lives. Let us not only look inward and proudly say 'all is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth' (2 Ne. 28:21), but let us be a light unto a chaotic world." — Hans B. Ringger, What Shall We Do, General Conference, April 1994

"Yes, the world needs contact with the heavens in this day and age. The world needs a prophet. Little does the world generally realize that the Lord is revealing his mind and will through his living prophets today. As Latter-day Saints and members of the Lord's church, we are truly a light set upon a hill, and it is our privilege and responsibility to assist in the great work of the Savior in bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

"It is of the utmost importance that we as Latter-day Saints have the light of truth, which comes from the Lord himself, burning within our souls, and that that light shall so shine that others may be led to find the way to salvation, exaltation, and eternal life. Jesus has said: 'I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.' (John 8:12.)" - Joseph Anderson, "The Living Christ," Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 128

"Sometimes people ask, 'Why do I have to go to sacrament meeting?' or 'Why do I have to live the Word of Wisdom, pay tithing? Why can't I have one foot in Babylon?' May I tell you why? Because spiritual pedaling takes both feet! Unless you are fully engaged in living the gospel—living it with all of your heart, might, mind and strength—you cannot generate enough spiritual light to push back the darkness." - Robert D. Hales, "Out of Darkness into His Marvelous Light," Ensign (CR), May 2002, p.69

"Perhaps the chastening words of the Savior to David Whitmer may be appropriate for us to remember:

"'But your mind has been on the things of the earth more than on the things of me, your Maker, ... and you have not given heed unto my Spirit.

"'Wherefore, you are left to inquire for yourself' (D&C 30:2-3).

"Seek to gain added light and knowledge. Gaining added light and knowledge is not a passive process. It involves focusing on the things of the Spirit and seeking the spiritual lessons to be learned. The Savior counseled: 'And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things' (D&C 88:67)." - L. Lionel Kendrick, "Enhancing Our Temple Experience," Ensign (CR), May 2001, p.78

"When I was a young boy, I went with my father to inspect a mine in Nevada. We each had flashlights, but took no extra batteries with us, for we did not expect to be in the mine very long. But the tunnel was longer, colder, and deeper than we anticipated. Before we got to the end of the mine, where the mineral was, father told me to turn off my flashlight to save my batteries. By the time father had finished inspecting the mine, his flashlight began to dim, and he suggested we had better turn back. Before long his flashlight gave out completely, and I can still remember—until I again turned on my light—the panic I felt to be in such cold and utter blackness. Although my own batteries gave out before we reached the mine entrance, we were by then guided by the dim light coming from the mouth of the tunnel. How good it felt to see the light increase as we made our way back to the entrance and found ourselves in warm, brilliant sunlight.

"I have since wondered how anyone could knowingly prefer to live where it is dark and cold. How could anybody willingly prefer darkness and misery over light and warmth? Yet darkness, cold, and misery will be the lot of those who willingly and knowingly reject the Lord. John wrote, 'God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.' (1 Jn. 1:5.)" - Theodore M. Burton, "Light and Truth," Ensign (CR), May 1981, p.28

"Let the Lord be your light. Let Him prepare the way before you to your promised land. 'There [is]  no life so dark [that] he cannot light' (Sam Cardon and Steven K. Jones, Come unto Him, New Era, Apr. 1995, 10). You dont have to be a prophet like Lehi or the brother of Jared. Just be you—with a hunger and thirst for righteousness. Trust Him. Keep your eyes riveted on your goal across the field and walk in the straight and narrow path of the Son—the Son of God. I testify of the light and the Spirit that comes from Jesus Christ." - Sharon G. Larsen, "
Your Light in the Wilderness, Ensign (CR), May 1999, p.89

"What we say and how we present ourselves not only betray our inner person but also mold that person, those around us, and finally our whole society. Every day each of us is implicated in obscuring the light or in chasing away the darkness. We have been called to invite the light and to be a light, to sanctify ourselves and edify others." - Robert S. Wood, "
The Tongue of Angels," Ensign (CR), November 1999, p.83

"What a wonderful flood of light came into this world with the advent of the Gospel, with the coming of the Prophet Joseph Smith, that prophet of the latter days! What wonderful discoveries have come to us and to all mankind! The same almighty being who overrules all things is bringing to pass his mighty purposes, and a flood of spiritual light has come to the world through the instrumentality of the prophet of God in the day and age in which we live. That is another source of joy and gladness to me that I live in this glorious day, notwithstanding the fact the world seems to be changing. We are merely discovering more truth." - Rulon S. Wells, "Conference Report," April 1934, Second DayMorning Meeting, p.57

"We can all find ourselves in places of darkness from time to time. We may wander into dark, spiritual caverns when we make foolish choices, admit harmful influences into our lives, or turn away from the light of the gospel to embrace the world just a little longer. It may seem harmless at firstjust a little exploring, that's all. Before we know it, we become separated from the light and left in darkness alone. Why do we remain in darkness when such rescuing light awaits us? Let us bask in the warm and illuminating light provided by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let the Savior's kindly light lead us one step at a time. Let covenants and commandments keep us safe as we follow the gospel pathway to our heavenly home." - Virginia U. Jensen, "Lead, Kindly Light," Ensign (CR), November 2000, p.62

“Every member of the Church is entitled to know that God our Heavenly Father lives; that he is not dead. He is also entitled to know that our elder brother, Jesus Christ, is the Savior and Redeemer of the world, and that he has opened the door for us, that we, through our individual acts, may receive salvation and exaltation and dwell once again in the presence of our Heavenly Father. This assurance and witness must be earnestly sought. Heber C. Kimball, a counselor to President Brigham Young, warned the Saints in 1856 that many trials would come to test their faith; that the time would come that no man or woman would be able to endure on borrowed light. Each must gain a personal knowledge of the truth and be guided by the light within himself.” - Henry D. Taylor, “Man Cannot Endure on Borrowed Light,” Ensign (CR), June 1971, p. 108

"The dark shade of the valley of death is over the nations of the earth; the vail of the covering is over them; they are hid from the presence of the Lord. They do not behold his glory--they do not understand his providences; the fear of death is over them, and it is a dark shadow. That was over me, and I made the best of it. But 'Mormonism' has opened up light. Removing the curtain from the broad sunshine, it has lighted up the souls of hundreds of thousands, and they have been made to rejoice in the light of truth. Continue to be faithful to your calling. It is your privilege and duty to so live as to be able to understand the things of God." - Brigham Young, "Journal of Discourses," 26 vols., 8:130

In some ways our world today is similar to Kirtland of the 1830s. We too live in times of financial distress. There are those who persecute and rail against the Church and its members. Individual and collective trials may sometimes seem overwhelming.

That is when we need, more than ever, to draw near unto the Lord. As we do, we will come to know what it means to have the Lord draw near unto us. As we seek Him ever more diligently, we will surely find Him. We will see clearly that the Lord does not abandon His Church or His faithful Saints. Our eyes will be opened, and we will see Him open the windows of heaven and shower us with more of His light. We will find the spiritual strength to survive even during the darkest night. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Hold On a Little Longer," Liahona, January 2010

The light of the Lord is real, my brethren. He will lead every soul out of the clouds of darkness and away from the fog of doubt and uncertainty with a perfect eternal signal that will guarantee safety, peace, and confidence. He said to all the world, “Come, … follow me” (Mark 10:21), and “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). - M. Russell Ballard, "You Can Be the Voice," Ensign (CR) May 1980

The light of the gospel illuminates the path of life to eternity that otherwise would be dark and nondirecting.

We can be like a mirror and direct light even into dark places. We are not the sources of light; nevertheless, through us light can be reflected to others. - Ted E. Brewerton, "Light," Ensign (CR) November 1991

Help dispel gloom. Bring the light of truth. Do it through your senses, through your reason, and most significantly through the Spirit. It does not matter who you are or what you are currently doing with your life. The light of truth is there waiting to be discovered, and, being discovered, waiting to illuminate the life of each child of God. - Barbara B. Smith, “Relief Society in Times of Transition,” Ensign (CR) November 1981

So does Christ light the way for all of us, that we may not stumble in darkness on the path to eternal life. And so it is our responsibility to light the way for others. - John H. Vandenberg, Conference Report, October 1970, First Day-Morning Meeting, p. 10

We know that the Lord has encouraged us to seek truth, to "knock," "ask," and "search diligently." Yet there come times when we reach the end of our capacity to reason and to understand. We must learn to walk by faith. There has been given us enough light to walk the paths we are here to tread. As the Lord in his wisdom desires that we have more light, we have the assurance that it will be given. I bear my witness that from the beginning of the history of the Church the lights have come on when the need arose. It has always been so; it is so now; it will always be. - Marion D. Hanks, "Conference Report," April 1957, Afternoon Meeting, p. 127

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