As you read today’s verse and Sister Dalton’s quote, ponder what you feel you should start, continue, and/or stop doing to arise and shine forth in your family and community.
5 Verily I say unto you all: Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations;
A group of youth in Queen Creek, Arizona, determined to “arise and shine forth” and to lead the youth in their community in living the standards in For the Strength of Youth. They each wrote something that they felt was holding them back or something they wanted to change in their lives in their journals, and then they literally dug a hole. They came together, tore out the journal page, and threw it into the hole in the … Then they buried those pages, and that day they each made a commitment to change… The call to “arise and shine forth” is a call to each of you to lead the world in a mighty cause—to raise the standard—and lead this generation in virtue, purity, and temple worthiness. If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world. I echo the words of President Joseph F. Smith, who said to the women of his day: “It is not for you to be led by the women of the world; it is for you to lead … the women of the world, in everything that is … purifying to the children of men.” These words ring true today. As daughters [and sons] of God, you were born to lead.
Elaine S. Dalton