I was sitting in church last Sunday, sort of listening, sort of allowing my own thoughts to mix with the words of the Sacrament Meeting Speaker. Part way into her talk, she uttered a phrase that made me sit up and pay attention: “We can be farmers of light.” Farm the light? I latched onto the concept of being able to nurture and grow something intangible, and wrote the sentence in my little notebook. I’ve been thinking about it all week.
In the year 2000, then Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave a talk entitled A Life Founded in Light and Truth. He explained what it means to receive, nurture and grow light and love, as we receive it from our Heavenly Father. He said:
The truth of most worth is to know God our Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and Their plan for us to have eternal life with Them in families.
When God communicates that priceless truth to us, He does it by the Spirit of Truth. We have to ask for it in prayer.
Then He sends us a small part of that truth by the Spirit. It comes to our hearts and minds.
It feels good, like the light from the sun shining through the clouds on a dark day.
He sends truth line upon line, like the lines on the page of a book. Each time a line of truth comes to us, we get to choose what we will do about it.
If we try hard to do what that truth requires of us, God will send more light and more truth.
This pattern for receiving truth and light has been presented to us through written communication from prophets ancient and modern, and from our present day prophets and apostles.
“And no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments.
“He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things” (D&C 93:24-28).
In John 8:12, Jesus Christ said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in [the] darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
As I thought about being a Farmer of Light, I thought about not only seeking the light of truth through prayer and study, but also about harvesting the light and storing as much as we can so that we can draw from our reserves in times of need. Really, it takes no time at all to recognize that we live in turbulent times.
In a General Conference talk given just last year by then President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, he offered these wise words about how to receive this light into our lives:
“Every time you turn your hearts to God in humble prayer, you experience His light.
Every time you seek His word and will in the scriptures, the light grows in brightness.
Every time you notice someone in need and sacrifice your own comfort to reach out in love, the light expands and swells.
Every time you reject temptation and choose purity, every time you seek or extend forgiveness, every time you courageously testify of truth, the light chases away darkness and attracts others who are also seeking light and truth.”
It’s offically Fall; the season of the harvest is upon us. Consider being a Farmer of Light.
That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day. (D&C 50:24)