Do You Refract ‘The Light’?

chandelier-crystalsTwenty-six thousand! You read that right. There were twenty-six thousand hanging crystals to individually clean, by hand, on the massive and breath-taking chandelier that floated above our heads in the Celestial Room of the Dallas Texas temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It took eight  volunteers a combined thirty-five to forty hours over two days to accomplish the task.

As I stood on scaffolding wiping each crystal with alcohol and water-moistened white cotton gloves I marveled at all the cuts made to the once solid blocks of crystal creating the prisms. Those prisms would refract—meaning divide or split—the light from one central source and scatter it in multiple directions in many beautiful colors. One light would become many points of light.

gilbert-arizona-lds-temple-sealing-roomAcross the hall from where I was working was the largest of many sealing rooms in the temple. It also has a beautiful chandelier, hanging over the altar in the center of the room where many a couple had knelt to commit to each other and the Lord, and be married for time and sealed for eternity. When the crew working on it had finished and the chandelier was lit I heard a gasp from that room.  Turning to look I saw the lowered chandelier absolutely sparkling. It was so beautiful. It was so brilliant. Glistening, the prisms shared the light that filled them in hundreds of ways with all those around them. Immediately I saw a gospel application. Do you?


He is The Light                               

                                                                “I am come a light into the world,…..” [1]

'Lead Kindly Light' by Simon Dewey

‘Lead Kindly Light’ by Simon Dewey

Jesus, the Christ,  came into the world to teach us how to live and love. Besides fulfilling the Old Covenant and teaching the fullness of the New, his message was one of love, service, and kindness to all men. He taught all were our neighbors, all were deserving of compassion and forgiveness. He showed us how to do those things. Regardless of reciprocation or reward. He taught that we should serve so our light would shine, not to draw attention to ourselves, but for the purpose of glorifying our Father in Heaven (Matt. 5:16), to “give light to them that sit in darkness (Luke 1:79), and show others the way to a brighter life by living the gospel.

Share The Light

Though He is gone physically from among us His light can still be seen through those who know Him and follow His example. Those who love others, extend patience, and offer forgiveness. Those who fill unfilled needs, who visit the un-visited, and who offer kindness to the undesirables. Those who lift hearts with song, with plates of goodies, or with a listening ear. Those who offer their talents, offer their time, or offer hope. Those who have found the light of the Lord and His restored gospel, and have allowed it to fill them, can share that light – and love, and joy, and peace, and hope – in countless ways with all those around them. They can sparkle. They can shine. They can refract.

#Light the World

“Serve anyone you want, any way you want” this December 1. That’s the message of the Church’s Worldwide Day of Service, which kicks off a month-long “Light the World” Christmas initiative encouraging members to share the light of Christ through small, but meaningful acts of service on each of the 25 days before Christmas.

“When people think of Christmas, they often think of lights,” said Bruce Muir, director of emergency response for the Church. “Christmas lights, lighted store windows, tree lights. Christ taught ‘Ye are the light of the world,’ and we hope that through small and simple acts of service, we can spread the light of Christ—helping others to feel the love of the Savior through genuine kindness.” [2]

Elder Bednar explained, “The whole purpose of this initiative is to celebrate and share the Light of Christ. What we hope people will do is not simply think about the Savior during this Christmas season, or even just learn more about Him. What we hope is that they will come to know Him by doing what He did.”

Elder Bednar said the Church is not trying to overwhelm people with ideas for service during the Christmas season. “These are very simple things that the Savior has provided the example. And we, in a very appropriate, simple way during this Christmas season, can do the same things that He did. He healed the blind. We can help the blind to see. We might, for example, read a story to someone in a nursing home who cannot see. Doesn’t take a lot of time, but a small, simple act of service that exemplifies the Light of Christ.”

The shareable content is being posted on the social media pages of such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram. Those on social media are encouraged to share their experiences by using the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD.” [3]

Be the light

Have you found The Light? Can The Light be seen through you? Look at yourself. Clean yourself if necessary so The Light can shine through you in a multitude of ways. The need is great. The possibilities are endless. The blessings are many. Go and refract.


[1] John 12:46

[2] LDS Church News –

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About Bethany Packard

Bethany Packard is absolutely in love with her wonderful husband, Chad. They live in the Dallas, TX area where they raised six amazing children and owned a business, though now retired. Eighteen terrific grandchildren hold their hearts. At age 49, the Packards were called to serve a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as a Senior Couple (though they certainly didn't see themselves as "Senior") and assigned to the Russia Moscow Mission. Leaving their family and business - before they were retired - took faith, but it also created the opportunity for God to perform many miracles in their lives. They are currently serving a Church Service Mission as Internship Coordinators for BYU-Idaho in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She loves music, interior design, cooking, sports, fall, and macaroni & cheese.

2 thoughts on “Do You Refract ‘The Light’?

  1. Kaye L. Shackelford

    Oh, thank you for sharing this experience. It is meaningful and applicable to each one of us as children of God our Father. I hope I see it in more places so I can remember it divine application. Stunning to understand the work that you did to honor that holy place. Thank you again so much.


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