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Friday, February 14, 2014

The Lighthouse Of The Lord, Part 1

I have always thought of lighthouses as representing sacred places. Growing up in North Carolina, I often visited the coastline and saw the enormous structures overlooking the water. Each time I see these beautiful towers I am reminded of the verse in
Doctrine and Covenants 87:8.

"Wherefore, stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come; for behold, it cometh quickly, saith the Lord. Amen."

What could be more immovable than a lighthouse? At least to me these giant structures do not seem like they can be easily moved. The waves of the sea can beat upon them and the winds can try to knock them down, but very seldom are these lighthouses harmed by the natural buffetings. Just as the lighthouses along the seashore stand strong against things trying to harm them, we too can face the storms of life by standing in holy places. In a General Conference talk by President Thomas S. Monson, entitled "The Lighthouse Of The Lord," he gives us hope to help us be spiritually protected in a world filled ever increasing wickedness.

“Is there a way to safety? Can someone guide me? Is there an escape from threatened destruction? The answer is a resounding yes! I counsel you: Look to the lighthouse of the Lord. There is no fog so dense, no night so dark, no gale so strong, no mariner so lost but what its beacon light can rescue. It beckons through the storms of life. It calls, “This way to safety; this way to home.”

His prophetic counsel still applies today when seeking spiritual safety. There is a way to protect ourselves from the harm Satan would wish to inflict on you. President Monson said we must "look" to the lighthouse of the Lord for spiritual preservation. But I would like to take his words one step further.

The verse mentioned earlier says you must "stand in holy places." Looking is not enough. You must not just look to the Lord's lighthouse, you must enter it. And once you're in, you must shut that door tight. When you shut that door, lock it. Put a few deadbolts on it and then seal it shut with cement. Okay, not really. But I hope you get my point.

Don't you let him in. Don't even open the door.

"What does a lighthouse do?"

Lighthouses are beacons of light, shining brightly to warn ships at sea. The lighthouses can help ships know where the safe land is through the fog and other obstacles. Because He loves us, Heavenly Father's lighthouse is there to save our spiritual ships from sinking.

Christ is our anchor. (Ether 12:4)
In Helaman 5:12 we read, "And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

We see that it is upon Christ we must build our foundation, or our testimonies. We must stand in His holy places so when the whirlwinds come we will not fall when temptations or trials come along.

Did you know everywhere you go can be a holy place? In 1 Corintians 6:19, the Apostle Paul says our bodies are the temples of God: "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"

We learn more about standing in holy places from Psalms 24:3-4:

3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?

4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

If you keep the commandments and try your best to keep yourself clean and pure, you will always have the presence of the Holy Ghost to guide and protect you. That's a promise from me, from the scriptures, from the prophets, and from Christ Himself. Heavenly Father loves us. He will not let us fall if we rely on Him, and He will most definitely never fail us.

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