The light cannot be kept in shadow. Apart from being physically impossible, it's a cool analogy about the Gospel. As long as there exists a tiny glimmer of light, it will never be in shadow. Even if that tiny light can do nothing but stay as bright as a tiny birthday candle, it will hold off the shadows.
Sometimes that's how I feel about the church. We are surrounded by shadows of evil, even having to live among them. But, as long as we hold our light aloft, we will never be left to the darkness.
What's amazing about the church is that, despite the ever-thickening darkness surrounding it, it continues to grow! The light is growing!
Apropo de light. I've been studying Isaiah for the last couple of months. It's been an awesome study about the Savior and the last days. Here are a couple of my favorite verses from Isaiah 60:
19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.
20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.
22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in my time.
Christ is the Light of the world. He is the reason for our little candles of light in our lives. His light could not be kept in the shadow and He carried out the will of the Father in all things. He suffered and died for us. Then He was resurrected, His glorious light exiting the tomb of darkness and giving us each the opportunity to receive of that same light. I am so grateful for His sacrifice and His strength in carrying out the Atonement.
Arad is treating me well. The branch has been very welcoming as well as a few of the "missionary friends" in this city.
(In every city, there are a few people who the missionaries associate with on a regular basis who aren't members of the church and have politely declined the invitation to become such. There are a few here in Arad and I already feel like I have started up some good friendships with them.)
Unfortunately, the computer I'm on won't let me plug in my camera so I'll have to get you some pictures another time. As soon as I can I promise!
I love you all!