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Living by the scriptures

He that ascended up on high, as also he descended below all things, in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth;

Which truth shineth. This is the light of Christ. As also he is in the sun, and the light of the sun, and the power thereof by which it was made.

As also he is in the moon, and is the light of the moon, and the power thereof by which it was made;

As also the light of the stars and the power thereof by which they were made;

And the earth also, and the power thereof, even the earth upon which you stand.

And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings;

Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space — The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things.

Doctrine and Covenants 88:6-13

It was a nearly deserted stretch of beach in Southern California, and I was trying to catch the sun before it dipped below the Pacific horizon. My pastels fairly flew over my sketch pad, and some boys who had been playing in the sand asked me: "Mister, are you a real artist?" My response was, "Of course I am," but my secret thought was, the real artist of this ethereal beauty is He who created it.

Later, as I read from the 88th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants my enlightenment sparked a new thought. At least to me. Not only was the Creator the artist who had painted that beautiful scene, which still endured in my memory, but He was the architect, engineer, chemist, mathematician, sculptor, physician, cosmologist and biologist of all that I saw and felt that day. In short, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer was and is ultimate power.

During much of what I chose to call my working life, I was an engineer involved in the development of nuclear power. We struggled long and hard to harness the energy inherent in fissile uranium and plutonium, rarely thinking that the genesis of that dormant energy was from a supernova and their enormous temperatures, as giant stars expended their hydrogen fuel and exploded in a mighty flash of light and energy.

This cataclysm spawned the heavy elements, such as uranium, plutonium, and carbon and flushed them throughout the universe — thus making possible nuclear energy, our carbon-based bodies and all life. And the Author of those marvelously planned events, was none other than He who was and is the power thereof by which all was made. My emotions overflowed at the thought.

— Arvin S. Gibson, Kaysville, Utah.

  • "Living by the Scriptures" is another in a series of Church News reader response articles. Was there a time when a particular scripture touched you, when it offered comfort, guidance and much-needed support? If so, please describe your experience in 250-300 words, giving the scripture reference and telling how it affected you.

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