I left Church today feeling incredibly happy and hopeful! It was Ward Conference, so our Stake leaders were there with good messages of inspiration, encouragement, and hope. It was absolutely wonderful!
In Sacrament meeting, Bishop Cox, the leader of our congregation, spoke about the influence of the Holy Ghost (or the Spirit of God) in our lives. He talked about how meaningful personal, and family, prayers help us feel closer to Heavenly Father and we are able to feel the influence of the Holy Spirit better.
In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we learn that prayer is communicating with God. Bishop Cox explained that prayer is not like ordering groceries over the phone and then hanging up. It is also not a wish list. We are seeking to know what His will is for us. He loves us and knows what is best for us, what will help us grow, and how we can help Him further His work among His children.
Seeking to find out, and then striving to follow, Heavenly Father’s will is something we consistently try to do. Setting aside our will takes practice and time. Our natural inclination is to seek to do and fulfill our own desires and purposes. But allowing our Beloved Father in Heaven to guide our lives is trusting in His infinite power and goodness. And His plans for our lives are more glorious than we could ever fathom!
Then our President Horsley, our Stake President, pointed out that there is power in surrendering our will to God’s will, and in seeking God’s will. We discipline ourselves, learning to give everything to Heavenly Father. We can become close to Him. He is not just a friend. He has created worlds without number! He is God.
And he talked about 2 kinds of faith. One functions in the life of every soul and is the faith born of experience – i.e. Spring will come, tomorrow is a new day, things will work out OK. The other is a rare faith – it causes things to happen that otherwise would not be. Seek to be directed, seek the Spirit of God, find comfort, find the Lord’s spirit.
Do not turn away the “still, small voice” of God. Learn to recognize it. It will take the hate, envy, strife, etc. from your heart.
Remain unyielding in following God, worthy of His choicest blessings, and prepared so you can receive all that God has to offer you, not only now – but in the eternities to come.
Talk about hope! 🙂