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The Edge of the Light

By May 22, 2010

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Last Sunday in Sunday School the teacher asked me to read this amazing quote by Elder Boyd K. Packer:
"Shortly after I was called as a General Authority, I went to Elder Harold B. Lee for counsel. He listened very carefully to my problem and suggested that I see President David O. McKay. President McKay counseled me as to the direction I should go. I was very willing to be obedient but saw no way possible for me to do as he counseled me to do.

"I returned to Elder Lee and told him that I saw no way to move in the direction I was counseled to go. He said, 'The trouble with you is you want to see the end from the beginning.' I replied that I would like to see at least a step or two ahead. Then came the lesson of a lifetime: 'You must learn to walk to the edge of the light, and then a few steps into the darkness; then the light will appear and show the way before you'" ("The Edge of the Light," BYU Today, Mar. 1991, 22-23).
This quote really "spoke" to me because I, like Elder Packer, "want to see the end from the beginning." I have reread this quote several times, written it in my journal, stuck it on my bulletin board, and shared it with others.

I found Elder Packer's talk, "The Edge of the Light" online as well as a video of it when Elder Packer spoke at a BYU Devotional. In reading his talk I also like the scripture that Elder Lee had quoted to Elder Packer:
"Dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith" (Ether 12:6).
Having faith and trusting the Lord are not always easy to do, but as I've chosen to put my life in God's hands I have found true peace.

One of the things that has recently helped me to move forward in faith is to recommit myself to God each day. I do so in my prayers, in my thoughts, and in my words. Several times a day I say to myself things like, "In this moment I trust the Lord," or "I am submitting my will to God right now." I focus on "right now" and don't worry about the future. I know the Lord will take care of me, my family, and loved ones, even if I don't know how or when.

How have you "stepped into the darkness" and trusted the Lord? What faith promoting experiences have you had?
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