You ever wonder why flamingos are pink? Or why some are more pink than others? Well, it all depends on their diet. Carotene in their diet, which typically consists of different types of plankton, is broken down into pigments and is what gives their feathers their distinctive pink or reddish hue.
If you alter their diet, either by feeding them something else with less carotene or simply malnourishing them, they will become pale or even completely white. So if the flamingo’s pink feathers are to remain vibrant and saturated, they need to feast continually on the right stuff.
Likewise, if one expects to have the mark of God sealed upon their forehead, as John speaks of in the book of Revelation, they must feast upon the right food. Just as a flamingo’s appearance is kept colorful with the right diet, we must feast upon the words of Christ if we expect our countenances to be bright and Christ-like.
In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Nephi tells us to “feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.” Paul tells us in Colossians to “let the word of Christ dwell in [us] richly in all wisdom.” This isn’t rocket science. The prophets and apostles have counseled us to read, study, and ponder the scriptures. It’s not just good reading. It’s the word of God.
Nephi also wrote, “For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them, and writeth them for the learning and the profit of my children.” (2 Nephi 4:15)
Do we delight in reading the word of God? Do our hearts ponder the meaning of the scriptures? Do we understand what they’re purpose is?
Nephi later writes, “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” (2 Nephi 25:26)
The primary purpose of the scriptures is to bring us closer to Christ, to bring us to understand how we may be forgiven of our sins. All the prophets, apostles, and other inspired writers have written about the Savior. Their writings point us to Him so that we can progress and become like Him. And like the flamingos that turn pale if they don’t consume the right diet, the Light of Christ within each of us is diminished when we do not feast upon the words of Christ.
So feast upon the words of Christ and keep your feathers bright! Don’t be a pale flamingo.