Thursday, December 10, 2015

Be an Example and a Light



Yesterday was a dark and gloomy day.  It didn't rain or snow, but it was cloudy all day long.
Last night I glanced out my window to see the top of the mountain illuminated, while the valley below still sat in darkness.
It made me think of the prophet, President Monson's reminder in his latest conference talk to let our light shine.

". . .as the world moves further and further away from the principles and guidelines given to us by a loving Heavenly Father, we will stand out from the crowd because we are different. We will stand out because we dress modestly. We will be different because we do not use profanity and because we do not partake of substances which are harmful to our bodies. We will be different because we avoid off-color humor and degrading remarks. We will be different as we decide not to fill our minds with media choices that are base and demeaning and that will remove the Spirit from our homes and our lives. We will certainly stand out as we make choices regarding morality—choices which adhere to gospel principles and standards. Those things which make us different from most of the world also provide us with that light and that spirit which will shine in an increasingly dark world.

"It is often difficult to be different and to stand alone in a crowd. It is natural to fear what others might think or say. Comforting are the words of the psalm: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” As we make Christ the center of our lives, our fears will be replaced by the courage of our convictions."

Such a good reminder for us all.
Don't follow the crowd!
 Go ahead, BE DIFFERENT!
 "Bravely let your light shine for all to see"!

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