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Natural Laws Unify Us...

This quote comes from one of my favorite videos by Elder Bednar on the Properties of Light.  How encouraging that the Natural Laws really set us up to succeed if we but choose to live by them even on an individual basis.  Numbers do not dictate our ability to succeed or to be a light to those around us. 

Our Opportunity - Courage is Contagious:

I feel very lucky to have students in my class that are from all around the world, from Russia to South Korea to Ghana.  I love that through "the Spirit of Ricks" I get to demonstrate my love for this school and the gospel of Jesus Christ through my "Announcements".  It is my hope that I can spread real and substantive reasons to have courage through the internet that allows these great students to feel the warmth of their own light and then share it with others. 

We have real reasons to feel hope and joy as we are truly set up to succeed despite the fact that there are so many things that seem out of our control.  This is a fact that ties all of us together regardless of our nationality, race, age and/or gender.  How unifying it is to know we each really have the same potential to be a light to those around us.

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  • Thanks, Hilary! Always insightful. I love the encouragement you give to your students and others to "feel the warmth of their own light and then share it with others." I know from personal experience that you are really good at that. 

    Your post sent me off on a tangent about light that I spent some time on recently in preparing a seminary lesson -- I love Jesus' words in John 12:36 where he says, ". . . believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light."

    I hadn't known there was an entire Topical Guide (Tropical Guide as my seminary students call it) entry on "Children of light." But, I've come to love that phrase and it's become something I'm praying more to become. I love the layers that exist in that simple phrase as we think about being a light to others, letting our light shine, not hiding our light, and becoming true followers -- and children of Christ. Great stuff. Layers and layers of light! 

    Thanks for always helping me think more deeply, my friend! 

    • Yes! I love that "Children of Light" in the tropical guide, too. Seminary teachers unite. I'm looking forward to December. We get to help our seminary students (and BYUI online students) figure out how we are going to "light the world" in 25 ways/25 days.

  • Love this, Hilary!

  • Thanks so much for your thoughts on unity!  Perfect timing when our country needs so much to become unified after the presidential election. 

  • Hillary, this is a particularly timely message.  This light we feel of the gospel has the potential to warm the world. We will have the blessing of seeing our students light the world with their disciple leadership.  

    • I really like how you phrased the physical characteristic of light - "the gospel has the potential to warm the world."  I totally agree!

  • I love this analogy of how we can be instruments to bring forth light. Every light bearer counts. Elder Bednar has also used the light from a rising sun or a lifting fog to illustrate the process of receiving revelation, which is valuable to both student and instructor.

    "The gradual increase of light radiating from the rising sun is like receiving a message from God “line upon line, precept upon precept” (2 Nephi 28:30). Most frequently, revelation comes in small increments over time and is granted according to our desire, worthiness, and preparation. Such communications from Heavenly Father gradually and gently “distil upon [our souls] as the dews from heaven” (The Spirit of Revelation, April 2011).

    • Hi Jared,

      Thank you for sharing this quote.  It adds more meaning to "light"!

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