William Holman Hunt, Light of the World, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.


Moroni 7:14–19
D&C 84:44–47

For Younger Missionaries


  • How can the gospel message have a familiar “ring” to it, even when an investigator has never had Church contact before?
  • Where does the light of Christ lead honest seekers of truth?

The Light of Christ

A person is capable of receiving spiritual guidance before being baptized and confirmed. This spiritual influence begins with the Light of Christ, which “is given to every man, that he may know good from evil” (Moroni 7:16).

The Light of Christ is “[d]ivine energy, power, or influence that proceeds from God through Christ and gives life and light to all things. It is the law by which all things are governed in heaven and on earth. It also helps people understand gospel truths and helps to put them on that gospel path which leads to salvation.

“The light of Christ should not be confused with the Holy Ghost. The light of Christ is not a person. It is an influence that comes from God and prepares a person to receive the Holy Ghost. It is an influence for good in the lives of all people.

“One manifestation of the light of Christ is conscience, which helps a person choose between right and wrong. As people learn more about the gospel, their consciences become more sensitive. People who hearken to the light of Christ are led to the gospel of Jesus Christ” (The Guide to the Scriptures, “Light, Light of Christ;” see also D&C 84:46–47).

President Boyd K. Packer said, “It is important for a … missionary … to know that the Holy Ghost can work through the Light of Christ. A teacher of gospel truths is not planting something foreign or even new into an adult or a child. Rather, the missionary or teacher is making contact with the Spirit of Christ already there. The gospel will have a familiar ‘ring’ to them” (“The Light of Christ,” address delivered at the seminar for new mission presidents, 22 June 2004, 2) (Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service, 2004, 90).


Patterns of Light:
Spirit of Revelation



Teach Me to Walk
in the Light


  • Do you have any idea what a difference you can make in the life of another by extending kindness?
  • Can you think of one person in your life that needs a friend … like you? Sometimes that person is already at church, or maybe even in your family.


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