The Light of Christ
7 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.
8 As also he is in the moon, and is the light of the moon, and the power thereof by which it was made;
9 As also the light of the stars, and the power thereof by which they were made;
10 And the earth also, and the power thereof, even the earth upon which you stand.
11 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;
12 Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space --
13 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.
23 Ye were also in the beginning with the Father; that which is Spirit, even the Spirit of truth;
24 And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come;
25 And whatsoever is more or less than this is the spirit of that wicked one who was a liar from the beginning.
26 The Spirit of truth is of God. I am the Spirit of truth, and John bore record of me, saying: He received a fulness of truth, yea, even of all truth;
27 And no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments.
28 He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things.
29 Man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be.
30 All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it, to act for itself, as all intelligence also; otherwise there is no existence.
31 Behold, here is the agency of man,
and here is the condemnation of man; because that which was from the
beginning is plainly manifest unto them, and they receive not the light.
32 And every man whose spirit receiveth not the light is under condemnation.
33 For man is spirit. The elements are eternal, and spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a fulness of joy;
34 And when separated, man cannot receive a fulness of joy.
The elements are the tabernacle of God; yea, man is the tabernacle of
God, even temples; and whatsoever temple is defiled, God shall destroy
36 The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.
37 Light and truth forsake that evil one.
Every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning; and God having
redeemed man from the fall, men became again, in their infant state,
innocent before God.
And that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth, through
disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the tradition of
40 But I have commanded you to bring up your children in light and truth.
Presidency Statement (Joseph F. Smith, Anthon
H. Lund, Charles W. Penrose)
There is a universally diffused essence which is the
and life of the world, which proceedeth forth from the presence of God
throughout the immensity of space, the light and power of which God
in different degrees to "them that ask him," according to their faith
obedience, but the Holy Ghost, which Christ said He would send to His
from the Father (John 14:26) was and is a "personage of spirit," and
not to come until Christ went away (John 16:7). Also the endowment from
that divine being, the third person in the Holy Trinity, called "the
of the Holy Ghost," is a special blessing sealed upon baptized
believers in Jesus Christ, and is "an abiding witness." The spirit of
may be enjoyed as a temporary influence by which divine light and power
come to mankind for special purposes and occasions. But the gift of the
Holy Ghost, which was received by the apostles on the day of Pentecost,
and is bestowed in confirmation, is a permanent witness and higher
than the ordinary manifestation of the Holy Spirit. (Messages
First Presidency, 6 vols, comp. James R. Clark [1965-75], Vol.5, p.4)
Bruce R. McConkie (1915-1985) Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
is a spirit - the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit
of Christ, the light of truth, the light of Christ - that defies
and is beyond mortal comprehension. It is in us and in all things; it
around us and around all things; it fills the earth and the heavens and
the universe. It is everywhere, in all immensity, without exception; it
is an indwelling, immanent, ever-present, never-absent spirit. It has
shape nor form nor personality. It is not an entity nor a person nor a
personage. It has no agency, does not act independently, and exists not
to act but to be acted upon. As far as we know, it has no substance and
is not material, at least as we measure these things. It is variously
as light and life and law and truth and power. It is the light of
it is the life that is in all things; it is the law by which all things
are governed; it is truth shining forth in darkness; it is the power of
God who sitteth upon his throne. It may be that it is also priesthood
faith and omnipotence, for these too are the power of God.
This light of truth or light of Christ is seen in the
light of the luminaries of heaven; it is the power by which the sun,
and stars, and the earth itself are made. It is the light that
forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space." It is
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
upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst
all things." It is the agency of God's power; it is the means and way
"he comprehendeth all things," so that "all things are before him, and
all (A New Witness for the Articles of Faith , pp.
to the Faith: A Gospel Reference
(Published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2004)
Light of Christ "proceedeth forth from the presence
of God to fill the immensity of space." It is "the light which is in
things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all
things are governed" (D&C 88:12-13; see also D&C 88:6-11). This
power is an influence for good in the lives of all people (see John
D&C 93:2). In the scriptures, the Light of Christ is sometimes
the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, or the
Light of Life.
Light of Christ should not be confused with the Holy
Ghost. It is not a personage, as the Holy Ghost is. Its influence leads
people to find the true gospel, be baptized, and receive the gift of
Holy Ghost (see John 12:46; Alma 26:14-15).
Conscience is a manifestation of the Light of Christ,
enabling us to judge good from evil. The prophet Mormon
Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from
wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which
to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the
power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect
it is of God. … And now, my brethren, seeing that ye know the
light by which ye may judge, which light is the light of Christ, see
ye do not judge wrongfully; for with that same judgment which ye judge
ye shall also be judged" Moroni 7:16, Moroni 7:18).
G. Romney (1897-1988) First
There are three phases of the light of Christ
that I want to mention.
one is the light which enlighteneth every man that cometh into the
second phase is the gift of
the Holy Ghost;
the third is the more sure
word of prophecy. ("The Light of Christ," Ensign,
May 1977, p. 43)
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The Holy Ghost as a personage of Spirit can no more be
omnipresent in person than can the Father or the Son, but by his
his knowledge, his power and influence, over and through the laws of
he is and can be omnipresent throughout all the works of God. It is not
the Holy Ghost who in person lighteth every man who is born into the
but it is the light of Christ, the Spirit of Truth, which proceeds from
the source of intelligence, which permeates all nature, which lighteth
every man and fills the immensity of space. You may call it the Spirit
of God, you may call it the influence of God's intelligence, you may
it the substance of his power, no matter what it is called, it is the
of intelligence that permeates the universe and gives to the spirits of
men understanding, just as Job has said. (Job 32:8; Doc. and Cov.
[Gospel Doctrine, p.61]
Parley P. Pratt (1807-1857) Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
omnipresence of God must therefore be understood in some other way than
of his bodily or personal presence.
This leads to the investigation of that substance called the Holy Spirit, or Light of Christ.
Spirit "giveth light to every man that cometh into the world and the
spirit enlighteneth every man through the world, that hearkeneth to the
voice of the Spirit."
the mind passes the boundaries of the visible world, and enters upon
the confines of the more refined and subtle elements, it finds itself
associated with certain substances in themselves invisible to our gross
organs, but clearly manifested to our intellect by their tangible
operations and effects.
very air we breathe, although invisible to our sight, is clearly
manifested to our sense of feeling. Its component parts may be
analyzed. Nay more, the human system itself is an apparatus which
performs a chemical process upon that element. It is received into the
system by the act of respiration, and there immediately undergoes the
separation of its component parts.
one part, retained and incorporated in the animal system, diffuses life
and animation, by supplying the necessary animal heat, etc., while the
other part, not adapted to the system, is discharged from the lungs to
mingle with its native element.
are several of these subtle, invisible substances but little understood
as yet by man, and their existence is only demonstrated by their
effects. Some of them are recognized under several terms, electricity,
galvanism, magnetism, animal magnetism, spiritual magnetism, essence,
purest, most refined and subtle of all these substances, and the one
least understood, or even recognized, by the less informed among
mankind, is that substance called the Holy Spirit.
substance, like all others, is one of the elements of material or
physical existence, and therefore subject to the necessary laws which
govern all matter, as before enumerated.
the other elements, its whole is composed of individual particles. Like
them, each particle occupies space, possesses the power of motion,
requires time to move from one part of space to another, and can in no
wise occupy two spaces at once. In all these respects it differs
nothing from all other matter.
This substance is widely diffused among the elements of space. This Holy Spirit, under the control of the Great Eloheim, is the grand moving cause of all intelligences, and by which they act.
is the great, positive, controlling element of all other elements. It
is omnipresent by reason of its infinitude of its particles, and it
comprehends all things.
It is the agent or executive, by which God organizes and puts in motion all worlds,
and which, by the mandate of the Almighty, or any of his commissioned
servants performs all the mighty wonders, signs and miracles ever
manifested in the name of the Lord, the dividing of the sea, the
removing of a mountain, the raising of the dead, or the healing of the
It penetrates the pores of the most solid substances,
pierces the human system to is most inward recesses, discerns the
thoughts and intents of the heart. It has power to move through
space with inconceivable velocity, far exceeding the tardy motions of
electricity, or of phyisical light.
comprehends the past, present and future, in all their fullness.
Its inherent properties embrace all the attitributes of
intelligence and affection.
It is endowed with knowledge, wisdom, truth, love, charity, justice and mercy, in all their ramifications.
In short, it is the attributes of the eternal power and Godhead.
Those beings who receive of its fullness are called sons of God,
because they are perfected in all its attributes and powers, and, being
in communication with it, can, by its use, perform all
Those beings who receive not a fullness, but a measure of it, can know and perform some things, but not all.
This is the true light, which in some measure illuminates all men.
It is, in its less refined existence, the physical light which reflects
from the sun, moon, and stars, and other substances; and by reflection
on the eye, makes visible the truths of the outward world.
is, also, in its higher degrees, the intellectual light of our inward
and spiritual organs, by which we reason, discern, judge, compare,
comprehend and remember the subjects within our reach.
inspiration constitutes instinct in animal life, reason in man, vision
in the Prophets, and is continually flowing from the Godhead throughout
all his creations.
sits enthroned in the midst of all his creations, and is filled and
encircled with light unapproachable by those of the lower
associates with myriads of his own begotten sons and daughters who, by
translation or resurrection, have triumphed over death.
His ministers are sent forth from his presence to all parts of his dominions.
Holy Spirit centers in his presence, and communicates with and extends
to the utmost verge of his dominions, comprehending and controlling all
things under the immediate direction of his own will, and the will of
all those in communication with him, in worlds without end! (Key to the Science of Theology , pp.38-42)
Fielding Smith (1876-1972) President
- President Joseph F. Smith
has expressed it
thus: "The Holy
Ghost as a personage of Spirit can no more be omnipresent in person
can the Father or the Son, but by his intelligence, his knowledge, his
power and influence, over and through the laws of nature, he is and can
be omnipresent throughout all the works of God." Thus when it becomes
to speak to us, he is able to do so by acting through the other Spirit,
that is, through the Light of Christ. (Doctrines of Salvation,
- LIGHT OF CHRIST IS THE
POWER OF GOD. This
Light of Christ
is not a personage. It has no body. I do not know what it is as far as
substance is concerned; but it fills the immensity of space and
from God. It is the light by which the worlds are controlled, by which
they are made. It is the light of the sun and all other bodies. It is
light which gives life to vegetation. It quickens the understanding of
men, and has these various functions as set forth in these
It is: "The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all
which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of
who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in
the midst of all things." This is our explanation in regard to the
of Christ, or Light of Truth, which every man receives and is guided
Unless a man had the blessings that come from this Spirit, his mind
not be quickened; there would be no vegetation grow; the worlds would
stay in their orbits; because it is through this Spirit of Truth, this
Light of Truth, according to this revelation, that all these things are
done. (Doctrines of Salvation, 1:52)
- THE HOLY GHOST WORKS
THROUGH THE LIGHT OF
CHRIST. The person
of the Holy Ghost can work through the Spirit of Christ that permeates
everything, or he can work by personal contacts. The Holy Ghost can act
through some other influence or force. This may be a crude
and yet I think it answers our purpose. We have in this building a
lady sitting down at the switchboard. Someone on this floor wants to
in touch with someone on the second floor; somebody else in another
of the building wants to talk with someone in another building; and so
on. They are all connected with the parties they want to talk to. In a
similar way the Holy Ghost could speak to someone here, someone over
and someone way off in some other part of the country, even in a
land, and each receive the message intended for him. That is not hard
understand when we think of telegraphy. They send several messages over
a wire at the same time. Radio stations send messages of different wave
lengths all over the earth. (Doctrines of Salvation, 1:54)
- INVENTIONS COME BY SPIRIT
OF LORD. There has
never been a
step taken from that day to this, in discovery or invention, where the
Spirit of the Lord (that is, the spirit of which Joel spoke, the Light
of Christ, not the Holy Ghost!) was not the prevailing force, resting
the individual, which caused him to make the discovery or the
The world does not understand that but it is perfectly clear to me; nor
did the Lord always use those who have faith, nor does he always do so
today. He uses such minds as are pliable and can be turned in certain
to accomplish his work, whether they believe in him or not. (Doctrines
of Salvation, 1:178)
of the Twelve Apostles
- INVENTORS USED BY THE
LORD. Now, do you think
discoveries and inventions by Marconi, by Edison, by Bell, by
and by the other inventors and discoverers without naming them, have
just because these men have been sitting down and concentrating their
upon these matters and have discovered them through their thought or
Not in the least, but the Spirit of the Lord, the Light of Christ, has
been back of it, and has been impelling them to do these very things;
why? Because the time is here; it is ripe. We are ready for these
these inventions, and they all have a bearing upon the restoration of
gospel and preparation for the time which is yet future, but which is
to come, when Christ shall reign on the earth, and for a thousand years
peace shall be established. That is what it is all for. Now, a man like
Edison may say, "I do not believe in a supreme being." I do not know
he does or not; some of these men do not. However, the Lord in his
mercy, overlooks that and uses the man because he is adapted to a
work, and he, through his Spirit, can inspire this man to do this great
work, and so he goes ahead and does it, all for the establishment of
kingdom of God. (Doctrines of Salvation, 1:180-181)
The ability to have an unsettled conscience is a gift
of God to help you succeed in this mortal life. It results principally
from the influence of the Light of Christ on your mind and heart. The
of Christ is that divine power or influence that emanates from God
Jesus Christ [see Topical Guide, "Light of Christ," p. 290]. It gives
and life to all things. It prompts all rational individuals throughout
the earth to distinguish truth from error, right from wrong. It
your conscience [see Moroni 7:16]. Its influence can be weakened
transgression and addiction and restored through proper repentance. The
Light of Christ is not a person. It is a power and influence that comes
from God and when followed can lead a person to qualify for the
and inspiration of the Holy Ghost [see John 1:9; D&C 84:46-47].
of Conscience and Peace of Mind," Ensign, Nov. 2004, p. 15)
Wirthlin (1917-2008) Quorum
of the Twelve Apostles
the sun gives life and light to the earth, a spiritual
light gives nourishment to our spirits. We call this the Light of
The scriptures teach us that it "lighteth every man that cometh into
world" (John 1:9; see also Moro. 7:16; D&C 84:46). Thus, all
can enjoy its blessings. The Light of Christ is the divine influence
allows every man, woman, and child to distinguish between good and
It encourages all to choose the right, to seek eternal truth, and to
again the truths that we knew in our premortal existence but have
The Light of Christ should not be confused with the
of the Holy Ghost, for the Light of Christ is not a personage at all.
influence is preliminary to and preparatory to one's receiving the Holy
Ghost. The Light of Christ will lead the honest soul to "hearkeneth to
the voice" (D&C 84:46) to find the true gospel and the true Church
and thereby receive the Holy Ghost. ("The Unspeakable Gift," Ensign,
May 2003, p. 26)