Thursday, April 28, 2016

Light, Creation and Parenthood

Just some thoughts for today . . .


by Sarah Knapton, science editor (The Telegraph)
26 APRIL 2016 • 11:49AM

Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing ‘fireworks’ on film.

An explosion of tiny sparks erupts from the egg at the exact moment of conception.

Scientists had seen the phenomenon occur in other animals but it is the first time is has been also shown to happen in humans.

Not only is it an incredible spectacle, highlighting the very moment that a new life begins, the size of the flash can be used to determine the quality of the fertilised egg.

Researchers from Northwestern University, in Chicago, noticed that some of the eggs burn brighter than others, showing that they are more likely to produce a healthy baby.


My thoughts:
1. Think of the very profound similarities with the creation of our Universe:
"And God said, Let there be lights and there was light. And God saw the light that it was good" (Genesis 1:3-4)

2. Think about the Light of Christ:
"The Light of Christ is the divine energy, power, or influence that proceeds from God through Christ and gives life and light to all things. The Light of Christ influences people for good and prepares them to receive the Holy Ghost. One manifestation of the Light of Christ is what we call a conscience.

"The Light of Christ 'proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space.' It is 'the light which is in all 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 1:9; D&C 93:2). In the scriptures, the Light of Christ is sometimes called the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, or the Light of Life."

3. Then think about the God-given powers of procreation with which we have been entrusted for such a minute period of time. How are we using those powers? This week I read an incredible talk by Bruce K. Satterfield. In part he taught:

"There are at least three reasons [why mortality is a test for parenthood].

"First, spirit bodies have no capacity to bear offspring. Therefore, each spirit would be given a physical body endowed by God with the power to propagate.

"Second, it is essential that the bodies given to God’s spirit offspring were to be mortal and finite because the power to procreate would be granted on a limited basis and only for time. If, while in mortality, God’s children use the procreative powers within the bounds he has set, and if they devote their best efforts to the raising of a righteous family unto God, then they will be found worthy of Godhood and granted the fulness of God’s creative powers in the eternities. If, however, they are found unworthy by misusing these powers, or foregoing the opportunity to bear children, or attach greater importance to worldly things over the raising of a righteous family, the creative powers will be forever removed from them.

"Third, only in the face of good and evil, can we choose for ourselves the priority of righteous parenthood. One of the reasons we have come to mortality is to experience the knowledge of good and evil. With the contrasts of these opposites plainly discernible, we demonstrate by our choices what we really desire. Only when we overcome the opposition of worldly concerns and focus our lives on the raising of a righteous family, can we prove to God (and ourselves!) that His work and glory is our work and glory. Thus the central focus of our coming into this mortal probation is to marry and raise a righteous family. This is the central purpose of our existence."

What are your thoughts?

1 comment:

  1. This is doubly exciting to me--first we did IVF to get all 3 of our kiddos here, so any scientific research to improve the odds of choosing more viable eggs for couples is exciting to me. And second, I've really loved the knowledge that we are beings of light ever since I read about how those who have had near-death experiences have described spiritual beings as being made of light. I also loved this Ensign article from March 2016 that also confirmed that we are beings of light and are here to "become brighter." (

    Thanks for sharing!
    Hope all is well with your family. Love the family picture on the side and the light behind you!