This week’s BYU-Idaho devotional speaker was Taunya Hansen, the accounts payable specialist for BYU-Idaho. She spoke about her trials and how she was able to overcome them and grow her testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Sister Hansen compares physical light and spiritual light and how we can see both. 

Hansen said spiritual light can be felt, and even seen, much like artists’ depictions of Christ, referencing the halos of light that always surround Christ’s head. 

“When we talk about the light of Christ, we think in a spiritual sense that it’s not a light, it’s just the Holy Ghost … but for me … there’s a physical light,” she said in an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio.  “When you look at pictures of Christ, you will see that he is embodied in a physical light.” 

Hansen said she had moments where she needed to rely on faith, and was able to, “see Heavenly Fathers hand in the details” as she was going through her trials and working to come closer to Christ. 

She is a visual learner, and after going partially blind, she was able to overcome that trial and learn to adjust to the new changes in her everyday life.  

Hansen said in her devotional talk her family is what drives her to never give up, 

“Through the ups and down of the journey I have been on so far, [family] is my reason to never give up and to have a perfect hope of everlasting happiness,” she said.