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WHEN GPS DOESN'T CUT IT

D. Kelly Ogden

October 10, 2012
 
 In April of 2012, my son and I drove 1900 miles all over England, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and Scotland, “searching,” as my son Daniel put it, “for dead people.” We were looking for the places where our ancestors were born, lived, worked, and died.

One of the highlights of our journey was finding where our great-great grandfather, Edward Ogden, and his wife, Sarah, met the missionaries and first heard their message. It was in the Angel Inn that the Ogdens owned and operated that the missionaries preached, and the light of the restored gospel flooded their inn and their souls. 

Daniel and I located that very old building that is still standing in Mottram in Longdendale. We also visited the parish church in Mottram, called St. Michael and All Angels, and while taking photos we noticed the large sign in front of the old church. The poster declares, “God gives you better direction than Sat-Nav” (the British nickname for a GPS, from the name “Satellite Navigation”). 

What a clever and true statement!  God does indeed give better direction than Sat-Nav. We children of God are wise to follow Heaven’s direction; we will do much better reaching our eternal destination if guided by, and constantly using, the divine system God has set up for us—a direction system that’s not merely global, but universal. Prayer, scriptures, prophets, principles, ordinances, service, and all other parts and systems of the gospel of Jesus Christ will guide us safely through the hazardous roads of life.
It reminded me of a curious object in the middle of the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah, USA that I noticed just last year.  It is a sundial, and it features a very thought-provoking inscription carved into its side: “I GET MY LIGHT FROM GOD.”
 
In an increasingly dark world, where the prince of darkness seems to be succeeding in winning over more and more souls to the “dark side”—causing others to follow his example of corrupting, distorting, or simply ignoring the light and truth that Heaven emanates, we must do as the sundial does, and “get our light from God.” Our Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are constantly broadcasting light throughout the universe. There is so much light available to us, shining through the darkness, but we have to seek it. To live forever in such brilliant light as They do, we must constantly absorb all we can, our light growing brighter and brighter until the perfect day. Our light—God’s light—will help dispel the darkness around us, and help rescue others from the thick mists of darkness that obscure our vision of eternity.

 So God tells us, “I will give you better direction than Sat-Nav, or GPS,” and each of us in turn can accept Heaven’s guidance by living by the slogan, “I get my light from God.” His direction is light.