“There is one responsibility which no man can evade: that responsibility is his personal influence.  Man’s unconscious influence is the silent, subtle radiation of personality: the effect of his words and his actions on others. This radiation is tremendous.

Every moment of life man is changing, to a degree, the life of the whole world. Every man has an atmosphere which is affecting every other man. He cannot escape for one moment from this radiation of his character, this constant weakening or strengthening of others.  Man cannot evade the responsibility by merely saying it is an unconscious influence.

First order fresnsel looking outwardMan can select the qualities he would permit to be radiated. He can cultivate sweetness, calmness, trust, generosity, truth, justice, loyalty, nobility and make them vitally active in his character.  And by these qualities he will constantly affect the world.

This radiation, to which I refer, comes form what a person really is, not from what he pretends to be.  Every man by his mere living is radiating either sympathy, sorrow, morbidness, cynicism, or happiness and hope or any one of a hundred other qualities.

Life is a state of radiation and absorption. To exist is to radiate, to exist is to be the recipient of radiation.

– David O. McKay. BYU, April 27, 1948.

“Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions.  The desires we act on determine our changing, our achieving, and our becoming.” – Elder Dallin H. Oaks, April 2011 General Conference.

lighthouse keeper

Keeper of the Flame

By Julie De Azevedo

Believing, receiving
the burning inside.
Learning and yearning,
for greater light.
Melting the frost,
moving the lost

through the winds of change,
encircled by the clouds of pain.
I guard it with my life,
I need the warmth I need the light,
though the storm will rage,
I stand against the pounding rain,
I remain a keeper of the flame.

Inspiring fire,
blazing in truth.
Living and giving,
leading to you.
Filling my soul,
willing to go

through the winds of change,
encircled by the clouds of pain.
I guard it with my life,
I need the warmth I need the light,
though the storm will rage,
I stand against the pounding rain,
I remain a keeper of the flame.

I remain a keeper of the flame.


But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

~ Proverbs 4:18


Therefore, hold up your light that it may shine unto the world. Behold I am the light which ye shall hold up—that which ye have seen me do.

~ 3 Nephi 18:24

Wherefore, I now send upon you another Comforter, even upon you my friends, that it may abide in your hearts, even the Holy Spirit of promise; which other Comforter is the same that I promised unto my disciples, as is recorded in the testimony of John.

4 This Comforter is the promise which I give unto you of eternal life, even the glory of the celestial kingdom;

 Which glory is that of the church of the Firstborn, even of God, the holiest of all, through Jesus Christ his Son—

 He that ascended up on high, as also he descended below all things, in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth;

 Which truth shineth. This is the light of Christ. As also he is in the sun, and the light of the sun, and the power thereof by which it was made.

 As also he is in the moon, and is the light of the moon, and the power thereof by which it was made;

 As also the light of the stars, and the power thereof by which they were made;

 10 And the earth also, and the power thereof, even the earth upon which you stand.

 11 And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings;

 12 Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space—

 13 The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things.

D&C 88:3-13

“Life isn’t over for a Latter-day Saint until he or she is safely dead, with their testimony still burning brightly.”
– Elder M. Russell Ballard, as quoted by F. Burton Howard in his address, Commitment, given at April 1996 General Conference.