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I am serving a 2 year mission in Montana/Wyoming For the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints (Mormons)I have been out over a year and I love it

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sun Burn

A few weeks ago in Sunday School, the lesson was on testimonies, and the teacher was talking about how there are two kinds of testimonies. The first one is a candle. The candle is good, it gives light and for a very long time that's how people would light up there houses. A candle burns hot and it can help start something bigger, but it can also, with a small gust of air, be blown out. He compared that to somebody's testimony of Jesus Christ. Is that something that is a candle? Is that something that somebody can blow out?
The next thing that he talked about was the Sun.
The Sun is very big and very bright. It lights up the earth, gives us energy, can burn us really bad, and is so bright it can blind us. I do not know how to put out the Sun. I don't know if anything can put it out. Then he asked "is this how your testimony of Jesus Christ is? Can somebody put it out? Or is it strong enough to stand up to anything?" Then he turned to me and said, "Elder Matthews, what is your testimony of Jesus Christ like? Is it a candle or is it a sun? Have you been spiritually sun burned?" So I stopped and thought for a second, and right then it clicked: I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and there is nothing that can change that. No matter what anybody says or what anybody does, I will always know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world.
In 3 Nephi, there is a story about when Jesus Christ was born and what happened on the Americas during that time. 3 Nephi 1:19 says:
And it came to pass that there was no darkness in all that night, but it was as light as though it was mid-day. And it came to pass that the sun did rise in the morning again, according to its proper order; and they knew that it was the day that the Lord should be born, because of the sign which had been given.
Have you been Spiritually Sunburned?
Elder Matthews

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