3 And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming; for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day.
4 Therefore, there shall be one day and a night and a day, as if it were one day and there were no night; and this shall be unto you for a sign; for ye shall know of the rising of the sun and also of its setting; therefore they shall know of a surety that there shall be two days and a night; nevertheless the night shall not be darkened; and it shall be the night before he is born.
5 And behold, there shall a new star arise, such an one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you.
The prophet Samuel prophesied to the Nephites that they would experience a remarkable natural phenomenon on the night before the Savior’s birth: the sun would go down, but it would remain as bright as day all night. It’s not clear what caused this, but he said there would be “great lights in heaven.” He also told them that a new star would appear “such an one as ye never have beheld.”
Why is light at nighttime a good symbol for the coming of the Savior into the world? Light enables us to see clearly, which helps us make wise decisions and overcome discouragement. The Apostle John referred to the Savior as “the light [which] shineth in darkness” (John 1:5). And the Savior used the word “light” as a synonym for truth (D&C 84:45-46, 49).
As President Dieter F. Uchtdorf taught in the most recent general conference:
Every time you turn your hearts to God in humble prayer, you experience His light. Every time you seek His word and will in the scriptures, the light grows in brightness. Every time you notice someone in need and sacrifice your own comfort to reach out in love, the light expands and swells. Every time you reject temptation and choose purity, every time you seek or extend forgiveness, every time you courageously testify of truth, the light chases away darkness….
Think about your own personal experiences, moments of service to God and fellowmen when divine light has shined in your life…. Share those moments with family, friends, and especially with our youth, who are seeking light. They need to hear from you that with this light come hope and healing, even in a world full of darkness.
(“Bearers of Heavenly Light,” General Conference, October 2017)
Today, I will be grateful for the light which is available to me through the Spirit of the Lord and because of the Savior. I will be grateful for the enlightening and healing influence of spiritual light in my life, and I will seek to share that light with other people, so that they can experience that light as well.