- Do we stand loyal to God? Do we practice what we preach, or are we Sunday Christians only? Do our daily actions reflect clearly what we claim to believe? Do we help “the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted”? Do we just talk the talk, or do we enthusiastically walk the walk?
The priesthood gives us certain obligations that we should meet. It should be our goal to rise up to meet these expectations and not bring them down to a worldly level.
- Let us not take these things lightly. With these blessings and privileges come great responsibilities and obligations. Let us rise up to them.
To understand the things of God, we need to experience these things with our spiritual eyes and not our physical senses.
- I wish I could help everyone to understand this one simple fact: we believe in God because of things we know with our heart and mind, not because of things we do not know. Our spiritual experiences are sometimes too sacred to explain in worldly terms, but that doesn’t mean they are not real.
He uses an analogy about light. Why would we not want to have the most light possible? Why are we satisfied in life sometimes to only have a candle when the light of the sun is available to us?
- Why would anyone walk through life satisfied with the light from the candle of their own understanding when, by reaching out to our Heavenly Father, they could experience the bright sun of spiritual knowledge that would expand their minds with wisdom and fill their souls with joy?
The formula for gaining more spiritual light is simple. President Uchtdorf outlines it here.
- There is no magic to belief. But wanting to believe is the necessary first step! God is no respecter of persons. He is your Father. He wants to speak to you. However, it requires a little scientific curiosity—it requires an experiment upon the word of God—and the exercise of a “particle of faith.” It also takes a little humility. And it requires an open heart and an open mind. It requires seeking, in the full meaning of the word. And, perhaps hardest of all, it requires being patient and waiting upon the Lord.
It is easy to have doubts. It is easy to go the way of the world. True strength comes from making hard choices. True character is shown by how we handle choices every day.
- There is nothing noble or impressive about being cynical. Skepticism is easy—anyone can do it. It is the faithful life that requires moral strength, dedication, and courage. Those who hold fast to faith are far more impressive than those who give in to doubt when mysterious questions or concerns arise.
When we live our lives to be worth of gaining spiritual insights, we are blessed by a loving Father and given more and more light and knowledge. But we have to choose to go down this path.
- When we choose to believe, exercise faith unto repentance, and follow our Savior, Jesus Christ, we open our spiritual eyes to splendors we can scarcely imagine. Thus our belief and faith will grow stronger, and we will see even more.
Choosing to live our lives in a way that allows us to have more light is necessary to be on the path of discipleship. We should never be happy with the light of a candle when we can have the light of the sun. Our goal should be to capture the sun and then bring it to all of those around us. If we do, we will be blessed with more light.