February, 21, 2013

The Light that Quickeneth Your Understandings

Does anything feel better than light and the warmth it brings after a long, bleak accumulation of days? Sometimes that bleak streak lasts for an entire winter and we begin to lose our focus. Our immediate assignments become harder to rally, and we begin to dream of summer days filled with long hours of light.

The Education in Zion Gallery is filled with extensive amounts of light. The two-story windows and the oculus above the spiral staircase guarantee this generous amount of light. This physical light contributes to the gallery’s uplifting atmosphere.

Like every other physical aspect of the gallery, the light from the windows is symbolic of the light of Christ and implies “enlightenment, knowledge, and an uplifting, ennobling, persevering influence that comes upon mankind because of Jesus Christ” (Bible Dictionary, Light).  “And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings” (D&C 88: 11).  It is “the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (D&C 93:2). “Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space …which giveth life to all things” (D&C 88: 12, 13).

As we and all other things on earth cannot exist without light from the sun, let us remember where the source of light truly emanates from; without His light no one truly lives.