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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Let your light shine!

I had the honor of serving as the assistant to President Bunker for 9 months.  Part of this assignment was the duty and privilege of picking up the new incoming missionary, straight out of the Missionary Training Center in Provo Utah, at the Oakland International airport.  To the left is a picture of one of these occasions.

At this moment, there are a mixture of emotions going through these young missionaries.  But the one I would like to touch on at this time is "RELUCTANCE."

I, like these new missionaries, am naturally a reluctant person.  As I have studied and prayed for this tendency of mine to be removed. The words from a beloved prophet, Spencer W. Kimball, has brought this characteristic of mine into perspective.  He teaches us that there are two major causes for us holding back.  I will share with you one.  (You will have to read his talk to get the other)

"the reluctance... to stretch just a little bit more in the service, instead of being too slow to see the power of their example or too shy about letting their light shine." -Let Us Move Forward and Upward

Why are we reluctant?  Why are we shy?  Why are we slow to see the power of our examples?
We can do more.

Let us heed the words of the Lord given to an ancient prophet; 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."  Matthew 5:14-16
I know that we are indeed the "light of the world".  Let us not hide.  The Lord will work through us as we work for Him.  I know this.  I have seen this come true in my own very life.  So, my advise for you and I is the same I give to the new and incoming missionaries, let your light shine!


  1. that was a great post! Why would we want to hide something so beautiful from the world? we should let it radiate from the very core of our heart! thanks for the reminder Elder Abbott!!

  2. Stretching yourself is one of the most painful and rewarding things in the world. I hope to continue to develop a true love for going outside my comfort zone. It's hard but that's the point.

    Oh and I see myself in the photo. That was a fun day.

  3. Today while reading in Mark I found a verse that made me question myself. "...Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?" A bold statement from our dear Savior to His beloved Apostles. Overcoming our fears is not easy. Not in the least bit. But I know from experience, it is worth it! Life changing! Great post Elder Abbott!

  4. Interesting to think about. Sin and reluctance -- I guess both of those prevent me from lengthening my strides in His work at times. Something to work on.

  5. Thats a great post! I always feel the great blessing of love as we stand up for the Lord in everything we do! The gospel is not about secretly believing, its active living!

  6. Thank you for the comments.
    Y'all are some wise people..!