Sunday, March 14, 2010

To Acquire Spiritual Guidance

"Father in Heaven knew that you would face challenges and be required to make some decisions that would be beyond your own ability to decide correctly." That's life. We face tough decisions numerous times throughout our sojourn on this earth. These decisions may seem at times impossible to make on our own using our own limited knowledge. These decisions may have an effect on loved ones who are close to us and therefore weigh more heavily on our minds as we set out to make the best decision. The comfort in all these situations is that our Heavenly Father set up His plan in this manner.

The article this week is a talk given by the apostle Elder Richard G. Scott in the most recent General Conference. The talk is entitled, “To Acquire Spiritual Guidance,” and here are the links to the video on Windows Media Player and Quicktime Player.

Elder Scott continues, "In His plan of happiness, He included a provision for you to receive help with such challenges and decisions during your mortal life. That assistance will come to you through the Holy Ghost as spiritual guidance. It is a power, beyond your own capability, that a loving Heavenly Father wants you to use consistently for your peace and happiness."

The greatest gift God has given us in this life next to agency--the actual ability and power to choose for ourselves--is His power and influence to help us use that agency in the way that is most beneficial to us. That power and influence comes through the third member of the Godhead, the Holy Ghost.

Essentially, not striving to recognize and invite the spiritual guidance freely offered by our Father in Heaven is like a professor offering to help anyone with any question on your final exam yet not asking him. The help is there, the final is too hard for us to do alone, learn to acquire spiritual guidance! Of course answers and guidance take time to recognize and require clean hands and a pure heart but the recognizing is part of the learning process and the Atonement helps us have clean hands and a pure heart.

Elder Scott concludes, "I bear solemn witness that as you pray with all the fervor of your soul with humility and gratitude, you can learn to be consistently guided by the Holy Spirit in all aspects of your life. I have confirmed the truthfulness of that principle in the crucible of my own life. I testify that you can personally learn to master the principles of being guided by the Spirit. That way, the Savior can guide you to resolve challenges of life and enjoy great peace and happiness."

The words spoken by this apostle of the Lord are true.

Jeremy