The late Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin used the symbolism of Christ’s last few days to teach us that even our very darkest moments will give way to God’s bright light. He said:
“Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays.
But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come.”
We can trust God in all things and hold out hope for His light and love to bless us as we pass through dark and troubled days.
Temples are beautiful edifices with profound spiritual symbolism. As our lives unfold and experiences broaden, our reasons for appreciating temples also evolve. Why is the temple important to you?
God teaches us of His ways through our daily experiences. We must look at the routines of our lives and try to discern what the Lord wants us to understand. The same routines may teach us different lessons depending on the particular season we are in. The simplicity of the sun rising each day is a powerful reminder that light will always follow darkness, the Lord will always triumph over evil, and the blessings that we seek and need will always come to heal us and to make us whole. It will happen in the Lord’s time and in His way. May we have the faith to trust in the Lord during the dark times we all experience.
Complementary colors are sometimes called opposite colors because of the striking difference between the two. In this image of a Las Vegas sunset, the complementary colors of blue and yellow make for a striking difference that is nevertheless harmonious to our hearts. God’s holy word teaches us that there must be opposition in all things. There is important value in the opposites that are part of our mortal experience- darkness and light, sadness and happiness, illness and health, pleasure and pain- to name a few. It is important to realize that these opposite pairs are needful and are beautiful compliments in our lives. We can not appreciate the good without the bad and God reminds us, through the beauty of nature, that we should accept the opposites of life as a harmonious, critical part of our development.
The transition from night’s darkness to the beautiful warmth of early morning light is gradual, even imperceptible on a minute-to-minute basis. This process we call dawn, symbolically teaches how God’s light comes into our lives. Often His truth and inspiration settle upon us gradually, in a natural fashion. Our eyes and hearts must be open and aware to appreciate all that God sends to each of us.