I Am the Light Which Ye Shall Hold Up – 3 Nephi 18:24-25

24 Therefore, hold up your light that it may shine unto the world. Behold I am the light which ye shall hold up—that which ye have seen me do. Behold ye see that I have prayed unto the Father, and ye all have witnessed.
25 And ye see that I have commanded that none of you should go away, but rather have commanded that ye should come unto me, that ye might feel and see; even so shall ye do unto the world; and whosoever breaketh this commandment suffereth himself to be led into temptation.
(3 Nephi 18:24-25)

In the Sermon on the Mount, the Savior tells us that He wants us to be “the light of the world,” and He encourages us to “let [our] light so shine” that the people around us “may see [our] good works and glorify [our] Father, who is in heaven” (3 Nephi 12:14-16, Matthew 5:14-16). In the passage above, He gives us more insight into how we should do this. “I am the light which ye shall hold up,” He says, “that which ye have seen me do.” He gives two examples of actions that He wants us to emulate: praying to the Father, and inviting all to come unto Him—turning no one away.

Emulating the Savior seems like a daunting challenge, but it is what we strive to do as His disciples. In the April 2006 General Conference, Elaine S. Dalton taught that we can fulfill this admonition by serving the people around us—especially our own families—in small and quiet ways:

Small, seemingly insignificant things you do can make a big difference. I read about some small glowworms found in caves in New Zealand. Each one by itself produces only an insignificant pinpoint of light. But when millions of them light up a cave one by one, they produce enough light by which one can actually read. Likewise, each of our little deeds may share only a pinpoint of light, but added together they begin to make a significant difference (“I Am the Light Which Ye Shall Hold Up,” General Conference, April 2006).

Today, I will hold up the light of the Savior by emulating His actions. I will find ways to serve the people around me, especially my own family. I will remember that many small actions can have a powerful aggregate effect.

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One Response to I Am the Light Which Ye Shall Hold Up – 3 Nephi 18:24-25

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