March, 3, 2015

Filled with God’s Light

UnknownTheodore M. Burton, former member of the Quorum of the Seventy, once spoke of an experience he had inspecting a mine with his father. The tunnel was deeper than expected, and eventually his father’s flashlight began to dim. Elder Burton said, “Before long [my father’s] flashlight gave out completely, and I can still remember—until I again turned on my [flash]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.” [1]

The Joseph F. Smith Building was built with the intention of including the Education in Zion Gallery. Because of this, there is a lot of symbolism in the gallery’s architecture. One of the symbols the gallery emphasizes is light. Natural light floods the gallery from almost every direction.

Light symbolizes several things in the scriptures, and one of them is truth. Some of the ways we can seek for the light of truth are going to the temple, partaking of the sacrament, attending church meetings, reading the scriptures, and praying. At first, those things do not seem like they belong on a college campus. But here at BYU and in the Education in Zion Gallery, we know that without those things an education cannot be complete.

With the guidance of the Holy Ghost, our education will be fruitful and our progression eternal. Just as Elder Burton felt the warmth of daylight dispel the cold darkness in the mine, we can feel the warmth of the light of truth in our lives. As we do, we will increase in understanding, for “a body which is filled with God’s light will be able to comprehend all things.” [1]

  1. Burton, Theodore. “Light and Truth.” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1 Apr. 1981. Web.