Always the thoughtful mind discerns the need for revelation and divine guidance. All that we see about us in science, technology, architecture, agriculture--civlization in general--can be truly said to be the fruit of history in the broadest sense. Where revelation and divine guidance have been absent, or ignored, we see the stark contrasts in history. - G. Homer Durham, “Why Study History?” Ensign, September 1978
Look closely at Paul's counsel: "Continue in faith," he said, issuing a charge to be strong in your testimony, be steadfast, press forward. "Grounded and settled," he said, which suggests putting your roots down in good gospel ground, hold on, be secure, grow strong. "Be not moved away from the hope of the gospel," he cautioned, for it is the hope of the gospel that keeps circumstances, trials, disappointments, and daily experiences in proper perspective. The hope of the gospel includes the promise of peace and comfort from the Holy Ghost. Many distractions or even slight variations draw us away from the important work we have been placed on earth to do. And soon the hope of the gospel, so necessary in our eternal progression, is set aside to allow for the immediate matters of today. - Elaine L. Jack, “Grounded, Settled, and Full of Hope,” Ensign, March 1996
The most important thing in our lives is the Spirit. I have always felt that. We must remain open and sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Ghost in all aspects of our lives. - Ezra Taft Benson, “Seek the Spirit of the Lord,” Ensign, April 1988
There seems to grow upon us a film of worldliness when we move away from the Lord. It might be like the film of grease spread over the body of the swimmer who would cross the English Channel. It fills the pores and covers the skin so there can be less penetration of the cold. It might be like the skin-diver's rubber suit. But when we pierce the shell and penetrate the covering and humble ourselves with naked soul and sincere supplication and cleansed life, our prayers are answered. We can reach the point where Peter stood, and like him we may "be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
If we wish to come unto Jesus through the sacrament, we must believe in Him, rely on Him, repent of our sins, take His name upon us by being baptized in His Church, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and faithfully follow Christ all of our lives.
The invitation to come unto the Savior is universal. Everyone is included--men, women, and children; old and young alike. None are barred except by themselves. - John H. Groberg, “The Beauty and Importance of the Sacrament,” Friend, October 1990
Let us take the Book of Mormon, which a man took and hid in his field, securing it by his faith, to spring up in the last days, or in due time; let us behold it coming forth out of the ground, which is indeed accounted the least of all seeds, but behold it branching forth, yea, even towering with lofty branches and God-like majesty, until it, like the mustard seed, becomes the greatest of all herbs. And it is truth, and it has sprouted and come forth out of the earth, and righteousness begins to look down from heaven [see Psalm 85:11; Moses 7:62], and God is sending down His powers, gifts, and angels to lodge in the branches thereof. - “Truths from the Savior's Parables in Matthew 13,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, Chapter 25
... Many will lose sight of the goal of eternal life with God and Jesus Christ. Others will fall into deep canyons of doubt or be caught in the brush and thickets of sin and temptations of life. Some will fail to follow the compass directions of the Holy Ghost, prophets, scriptures, and priesthood leaders. But spiritual safety lies in relying absolutely on the foreknowledge of God and the plan of life and salvation that he has provided for us. - Gary J. Coleman, “O How Great the Plan of Our God!” Ensign, February 1996
In similar ways, the key to gaining the spiritual strength we need lies in what President Thomas S. Monson once described as entering a "sacred grove" of our own. He was teaching bishops, but the counsel applies to all members of the Church: "Every bishop needs a sacred grove to which he can retire to meditate and to pray for guidance. Mine was our old ward chapel. I could not begin to count the occasions when on a dark night at a late hour I would make my way to the stand of this building where I was blessed, confirmed, ordained, taught, and eventually called to preside. The chapel was dimly lighted by the streetlight in front; not a sound would be heard, no intruder to disturb. With my hand on the pulpit I would kneel and share with Him above my thoughts, my concerns, my problems."
Of course, these "sacred grove" moments do not duplicate what happened to the Prophet Joseph in the Sacred Grove. We don't enter into these devotional times expecting to see the Father and the Son any more than Joseph Smith did. But we can trust that Heavenly Father will answer our prayers; how He answers them, however, is up to Him. - Yoshihiko Kikuchi, “Opening the Heavens,” Liahona, August 2009
Submitted by: IDEJI INNOCENT ~ Thanks!
What a beautiful world, sometimes is not always easy to do what is right. But I have come to understanding that with the help of the Holy Spirit that we can do what is right.
“Each individual who prayerfully studies the Book of Mormon can also receive a testimony of its divinity… in addition, this book can help with personal problems in a very real way. Do you want to get rid of a bad habit? Do you want to improve relationships in your family? Do you want to increase your spiritual capacity? Read the Book of Mormon! It will bring you closer to the Lord and His loving power.”
Elder Russell M. Nelson, Oct 1999, General Conference