Art Ericson, a faculty member in the Computer Information Technology department, spoke about filling our lives with light at the May 19 Devotional.
Ericson began by sharing parts of James E. Faust’s talk, “The Light in Their Eyes,” in which he shared a story about the Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center. Before it was built there was an issue regarding the lease for the land. The Israeli government would not allow the lease to be signed unless President Ezra Taft Benson and Jeffrey R. Holland, the president of Brigham Young University at the time, agreed that there would be no proselyting by the students who would be studying at the center. The two representatives agreed and the lease was signed, however one of the people involved in the agreement remarked, “Oh, we know that you are not going to proselyte, but what are you going to do about the light that is in their eyes?”
After sharing this story with the audience, Ericson posed three questions which he answered throughout his talk.
1. What is this light which shineth? It is the understanding of things that come to each of us through Jesus Christ.
2. How can we obtain this light? Through daily practice of keeping the commandments, feasting on the scriptures, improving your daily prayers by expressing gratitude, bearing your testimony of the Son of God as the Savior of the World, and lifting and serving others.
3. How then do we let our light shine so that others can see it? Diligently learn all that we can, and use the light and truth we obtain to help others and invite them to Christ.
In closing Ericson shared a quote from President Gordan B. Hinckley,
“We need another dimension in our lives, a compelling need and drive within each of us to feel that somehow, somewhere we have made a difference — that our lives have mattered. It is not enough just to be good. We must be good for something. We must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for our presenece. And the good that is in us must be spread to others…”
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