I took my family on a hike through Waldo Canyon near Colorado Springs, Colorado around the spring of 2010. It was a great day to go hiking–even though the scrub oak had no leaves, there was a beauty of the canyon that I really enjoyed. We stopped and had lunch overlooking Colorado Springs. It was on this hike that my youngest son (who has difficulty walking) was able to walk 3 miles on his own before asking to ride in his buggy.
About a year later, I took my oldest son’s scout troop on a 10-mile hike through Williams Canyon…one of my favorite canyons in all of Colorado Springs. It was a tough hike for an 11-yr-old, but he made it without complaining. I loved hiking with my son through an absolutely gorgeous canyon.
Just a few years later, in June 2012, one spark started a small fire in Waldo Canyon. Within days that small fire had become a raging wildfire. By the time that one spark was extinguished, 346 homes were burnt, 2 lives were lost, and 18,247 acres of forest were gone. Gone was the beauty of Waldo Canyon. Gone was the beauty of Williams Canyon. Gone was the beauty of Queens Canyon. Gone were entire neighborhoods. One spark had awesome power. The power of destruction embodied in one spark is almost unfathomable.
We likewise have a spark inside of us…the spark of the Spirit…the spark of Jesus Christ. As we nurture that spark inside of us, we will witness an amazing result. That spark can grow to become a burning testimony of Jesus Christ. It can grow to be an unquenchable fire of faith and testimony. Brigham Young referred to this as the “Fire of the Covenant” (Journal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 28 Sept. 1846, 5).
Furthermore, the fire from that spark can be seen by those around us. If we allow that spark to become what it can become, we will be walking examples of the Savior. Our actions and words will shine as an example to all we come into contact with. Just as a single spark in Waldo Canyon caused such great destruction, a single spark inside of us can lead to great blessings, even life eternal with our Father in Heaven.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that a set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let you light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
Like a Flame Unquenchable, M. Russell Ballard