Great article. The part that caught my eye was when you mentioned how we don't have to have come to a solution before we approach God. So many interpret section 9 of the Doctrine and Covenants as saying we need to make a decision on our own, then ask if it's right. Rather, we are to study it out in our own minds, then ask Him if it's right. Then we can make the right decision. I can see that with major decisions in my life, His influence has been there if I opened my eyes to it. Thank you again for such a wonderful piece.
Fantastic, well-written piece . Possibly the best I've read in Meridian. I've always shunned TV and other background noise because I prefer the company of my own thoughts combined with whatever the spirit interjects, and I've found that the spirit has plenty to offer when I ask that we reason together. Thank you for articulating the value of pondering and affirming that it is work, and that the Lord values it. It seems today that so many are unwittingly volunteering to be blind by filling every available crevice of their attention with some external input rather than honing this divine instrument.
Wow! What an incredibly well-written, enlightening, and encouraging testimony of truth! Thank you for taking the time to think deeply and then organize your thoughts, experiences, and inspiration into words.
I am a convert and struggle with how to obtain revelation in my life. Thank you for this article. I loved that the daughter in the first story was quiet and eagerly listened to her mother tell her what the spirit had imparted to her. She let down the barriers she put up while arguing with her mother and became open to the Spirit.
I particularly liked your suggestion of blending contemplation with writing. Writing helps us clarify our thoughts and feelings. Writing gives us a record of personal revelation that we can return to again and again.
Do not seek revelation from God casually! Thank you for this article.
Thank you for these insights. They have helped me.
Thank you. Wise words we could all learn from.
For a small minority of LDS church members, as for a small minority of others, our problems cannot be so easily solved. We have a spouse or parent or child who suffers from a serious mental illness. The person misinterprets our words and actions. They emotionally manipulate us. They tell lies to ward leaders and members, trying to isolate us. They may become violent or just threaten violence. They may perform suicide gestures leaving us hopeless. They may begin affairs, destroying our sense of worth and our desire to save our marriages. The Church responds with calls to church service positions and bad marital advice. The children become angry and then hopeless if the mentally ill person is their parent. How can they learn good relationship skills when all they witness is bad. Church doctrine offers them no hope of an eternal family. And if it did, who would want this to be that family.
I do not have the answers. But I know this cannot go on. The damage is too great. And I am tired from watching the damage. I am tired from asking priesthood leaders to bless the mentally ill and being told 'No. I cannot do that.'
I am grateful we believe in forever families. But I never want to hear another lesson or talk on the subject. My family was destroyed by mental illness. Why in the world should I be expected to care or take action to save yours?
Thank you so much for this article. It is probably the most helpful I have ever read on personal revelation! Not that I don't ponder, because I do, but I think I often approach the Lord with too narrow of a request because I am focused on the outcome that I think is a righteous desire that I believe He can grant. Also, my request to understand needs to include what is best for everyone, not just me. Thank you again for such insight!
Maurine, this was just the article I needed to start my day off with. I have been asking for revelation concerning a daughter of mine but deep down knowing that there was something more I needed to do. Your words about approaching the Lord casually and not putting in the thought and effort needed to receive the answers, struck a chord with me. I love this daughter dearly and she is well worth the effort needed to receive God's light to see my way in helping her. Ponder I shall! Thank you.
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