I give you my testimony that the happiness of the Latter-day Saints, the peace of the Latter-day Saints, the progress of the Latter-day Saints, the prosperity of the Latter-day Saints, and the eternal salvation and exaltation of this people lie in walking in obedience to the counsels of the priesthood of God. We sing, "We thank thee, O God, for a prophet to guide us in these latter days" (Hymns, 1985, no. 19). Let us always follow that guidance.
If we will try with faith and prayer and resolution, we can accomplish great good, especially for our own souls. - Gordon B. Hinckley, “If Ye Be Willing and Obedient,” Ensign, July 1995
We are apparently part of an expanding universe. Secular knowledge is expanding very rapidly. Our knowledge of gospel truth is also expanding. Prophets continue to speak. Increased understanding of the scriptures is also possible. And so the opportunities for the abundant life increase as we pursue the quest for truth and knowledge. - James E. Faust, “The Abundant Life,” Ensign (CR) October 1985
Doctrine and Covenants 100:6– For it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment, what ye shall say.
There’s a story told about two ducks in a pond paddling toward each other. When they get close, one duck says to the other, “Quack!” The other duck says, “Oh, I was gonna say that!”
And so it is, many times after giving talks in church we think, “Oh, I was gonna say that. I should have said this. Wish I had said that.” But when the Spirit shows up and speaks through us everything that needs to be said comes to us effortlessly in the very moment it needs to be said.
And the Spirit can bring to mind anything that an ADD guy like me would likely forget. I know this to be true.
In the introduction section to Handbook 2: Administering the Church, we read:
“Studying the scriptures and the teachings of latter-day prophets will help leaders understand and fulfill their duties. The Lord has admonished leaders to treasure up in their minds continually the words of God so they will be receptive to the influence of the Spirit (see D&C 84:85).”
Our part is the “treasure up in your mind the words of God” and the Spirit’s part to bring to our minds what is needed in the very moment it is needed. The Spirit does His part, but only 100% of the time. But we can’t have the help of the Spirit without our doing the “treasure up in your mind continually the words of God”.
Let’s do our part and trust the Spirit to do His part. I know He will.
- Grandpa Tony