Monday, January 9, 2012

Arise and Shine Forth: Your Light Can Illuminate The World

Wow! It's been a while since I've posted! Sorry about that! Usually I post every week....... Anyway.  As you all probably know, a new year means a new mutual theme! Here it is in Doctrine and Covenants 115:5:

“Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations” -Doctrine and Covenants 115:5

Short and sweet, this scripture has A LOT of meaning in it for us!
What is light? There are many instances in the scriptures where light is referenced. The brother of Jared recieved light in the stones he asked Jesus to touch, Joesph Smith saw a pillar of light, the ten virgins held old lamps, and it is said that Jesus's glory and brightness defies all description. (Joesph Smith History 1:17)
But one of my favorite descriptions of light is from the sermon on the mount. It is Matthew 5:14-16:

14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
 15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
 16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

God created you, yes you to be a light. He literally wants you to be a light to all the world. And you really can! Your Father has given you specific gifts that enable and empower you to shine for the world!

I am in the middle of writing a song about being the light. I am going to call it "Be The Light". I got the inspiration for this song when we had a fireside. I honestly don't remember what the speaker was addressing us about, but he said a phrase once, only once, that struck me with great force: "Be The Light". This wasn't even his topic, but those three little words have inspired me. Like I said, I'm not finished with the song yet, but I feel like I should share the chorus:
"Would the Lord make a light if it wasn't there to shine
He made the sun in the sky
and just like the sun, He created you to shine
Shine o'er the world, Be The Light"
It's a simple song so far, but I can't wait to finish it!

I know that people at school watch us everyday. It's true. I see it. We have the responsibility and privilege to share our happiness. Your single light can illuminate thousands, even millions if you just allow your the radiance of your testimony to shine through your everyday actions.  

To learn more about our mutual theme this year, click here.


  1. Hey, I just wanted to say I really think this is awesome! It is really neat to see the youth putting themselves out there and sharing their testimonies. I can't wait to hear your song!

  2. A blogging friend directed me to your site and told me I should pay attention to what you're doing here. From what I see, you are really doing some great stuff. Keep it up! The Internet could sure use a little more light. :)

  3. This really helped me for my talk, its giving me nice ideas and ill give you credit for the help :)

  4. Oh thanks so much! I'm glad I could help! Yay!

  5. Looks to me like you practice what you preach... way to blog and shine! ;)

  6. hi whitney. it is saige. this is the first time that I have looked at your blog and can i just say..... WOW! i love it so much. you are really doing a greati job. it looks like 10 hours of work! good for you! anyways i just wanted to let you know that i love you sooo much! k well see you at mutual!

  7. Aww. Thanks! I love you soooooo much too! Thanks for looking at it! It means a lot! See ya soon!

  8. I'm LDS and this was very inspiring. I'm using some of your ideas for my talk. I'll give you credit! Thanks!

  9. Hey! I just wanted to make sure before I went ahead if it is alright if I could use your lyrics for a project I am making for Church, Thanks!

    1. What kind of project is it? As long as you site me. Thanks! :) I'm hoping that I may publish it, that's why. Thanks! I'm glad you like it! I've kind of put that song to the side for a while because I'm working on some others, but when I finish it, I will post it on the blog! Thanks so much!


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