I know that the Savior truly is “the light of the world”. Indeed, “He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life”.
Sister Mueller is pictured on the bottom row, second from the left.
Several weeks ago, Sister Mueller, one of the missionaries who serves as a technician here in Nauvoo, was asked to train for a position she had never worked before: operating the spotlight for our big show, “The Promise”.
Even though she approached the task with some trepidation, she had a good trainer and ultimately ran the spotlight flawlessly (as far as I could tell) on her first try.
Sister Mueller normally works backstage for that show, where it is dark and one can only watch bits and pieces of the production through cracks in the curtain. Working up in the light booth for the first time, she said, was a whole new experience. She could see all the actors on the stage at once, and she always knew where they were going to be because of the operator script that she followed.
As Sister Mueller shared her thoughts about working the spotlight for the first time, she compared the birds-eye view of the spot operator to the view that Heavenly Father has of us. He sees us even when life is dark, and He grants us light when He feels we’re ready for it.
The way Sister Mueller put it, “Even if the stage is dark, we have to trust the Spot Operator.”
He is always there.
He is aware of where we are, even in the dark.
And He will turn on the light at the right time, when we need it.
I know that the Savior truly is “the light of the world”. Indeed, “He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).
With that light of life, the Savior charges us also to be lights to this world. As He told His disciples, our light is like a candle, which should not be “put… under a bushel, but on a candlestick” to give “light unto all that are in the house” (Matthew 5:14-15).
“Hold up your light,” He beckons us, “that it may shine unto the world” (3 Nephi 18:24).
It is my testimony that as we hold up our lights humbly, seeking to serve the way Jesus Christ would serve, people will feel His spirit radiating from us and they will have a desire to be better.
“Ye are the light of the world,” the Savior said, and that includes YOU!