May I simply suggest that what we initially believe is “the” answer may be but one part of a “line upon line, precept upon precept,” ongoing, incremental, and unfolding pattern of small answers. Running for the kitchen door as fast as I could, I passed by the kitchen window and glanced out. How have you heard the Holy Spirit in your life? And we also frequently expect that such an answer or a prompting will come immediately and all at once. Many times a student is perplexed—having felt as though “the” answer about a career or a school was received at one particular point in time, only to feel that a different and perhaps conflicting answer was received at another point in time. Third, immersing ourselves in the scriptures invites the constant companionship of the Spirit. Then, during my faculty visit to the school, things went from bad to worse. I don’t visit other congregations now, primarily for lack of time. It’s not usually a case of rebelliousness, but more a product of not understanding what we’re being told. Now, your experiences or others’ experiences with important decisions may be different. Sister Bednar and I frequently visit with students who wonder about career choices and how to properly select a school at which to study and receive additional education. In speaking about the Holy Ghost, President Nelson stated, “In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost. One night recently my seven-year-old son was having a hard time and was misbehaving, so I sent him to bed a little early. That was a missed opportunity I regret. I asked myself, Why hadn’t I heard that melody before? When my son awoke, I called to him and asked if he could come to my room. Brothers and sisters, what are the influences in your life and mine that negatively impact our ability to feel the Spirit? Let me share two personal examples that illustrate Elder Bednar’s points. Just because I received a witness to marry my wife, that was not enough. Have a child place a coin in a glass jar and shake it. Together, all of those simple answers over a period of time helped me to receive an appropriate spiritual confirmation that I should ask her to marry me. . It is gratitude! Verse 9 states that “they are given for the benefit of those who love me and keep all my commandments” (emphasis added). How did Peter and the other Apostles follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost? Obviously there are times we need to ask for help and guidance, but I know I can spend more time giving thanks in my prayers. But in my haste and frustration I ignored the prompting, finished reading, and hurried back upstairs to finish my talk. That was a question my wife and I were asking ourselves. Learning Strategies Recognize and Act on Promptings from the Holy Ghost. If you’d like to have a deeper dive into the topic on the Holy … I’ve heard students ask, “How can I tell if this is the Spirit I’m feeling?” If you are living worthily, Paul’s letter to the Galatians tells us that the fruits of the Spirit are “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Galatians 5:22–23). I’m grateful I listened to the promptings from the Holy Ghost” John H., age 9, Suffolk, England. Learning how to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost can bring great blessings, but it also can be hard. I prayed, felt good about it, and was moving forward. We may feel the words of spiritual communication more than hear them and see with spiritual rather than with mortal eyes. Listening to the Holy Spirit FOREWARD. Sometimes what seems logical at the moment isn’t logical in the eternal scheme of things. I got to spend three years working with Eddie Brown, the director of the Buder Center and former assistant secretary of the interior in charge of the Bureau of Indian Affairs—an appointment our own Larry Echo Hawk later filled. As a sidenote, I later found out that, shortly after 9/11, when the economy took a nosedive, the first position was canceled due to lack of funding from the company for the joint appointment. This time I responded, telling my daughters, Nkhesani, age nine, and Akani, age seven,  “Call your brothers, please. Don’t spend time overly worrying about whether or not it’s the Holy Ghost or just you. © Brigham Young University. Although this was a great opportunity, it was not a tenure-track position—something I definitely wanted. The Holy Ghost testifies of Christ, can act as a voice of warning or direction, lead us to service, brings peace to our, hearts, and testifies of all truth. Or, when the promptings do come, can we tell the difference between the Spirit’s promptings and our emotions? Sees familiarity with the Spirit's voice as vital to maturing as a disciple. Example two: My wife, Erika, and I dated for nearly a year before we were married. That first experience prepared me to listen more closely to the Spirit the next time, to have an increased level of gratitude for how the Lord works in our lives, and to remember “that all things work together for good [in the Lord’s time frame] to them that love God” (Romans 8:28). Brothers and sisters, are we so focused and so busy that we neglect the promptings of the Spirit—even when those promptings appear right in front of us like the gorilla? Listen to Elder Tyson Stoker's story of the importance of listening to the Holy Spirit! The narrator then asks, “But did you see the gorilla?”. If the idea pops into your head and it’s not something bad, then go ahead and just do it! Michael Jones, a first-year MBA student, said what stuck out to him was the reminder of the nature of the Holy Ghost and how people need to listen, then act upon the promptings. I have to admit that the first time I saw the video I did not see the gorilla. There is a line from the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat after Joseph has been sold into Egypt and put in prison. Learn to Recognize the Promptings of the Spirit. We’ve had this mechanism on the door for over two years. That confirmation did not come all at once during a single heartfelt prayer of desperation. In striving to live worthily I am also encouraged by the discussion in section 46 of the Doctrine and Covenants about the gifts of the Spirit. I went to a few Brazilian Evangelical churches on my mission, though unfortunately I had neither the humility, open-mindedness, nor security in my own faith to recognize the services for what they meant to the congregants. Let the children observe how clearly they can hear the sound. Brothers and sisters, those are the four basic principles I have learned about receiving, recognizing, and responding to the promptings of the Holy Ghost: (1) desire, (2) invite, (3) heed simple promptings, and (4) heed promptings quickly. we engage are reflective of our understanding of the Holy Ghost and the degree to which we obey His promptings. In our fast-paced, immediate-gratification world we can become so preoccupied with good things that we neglect the most important things. About learning to recognize answers to prayer, Elder Richard G. Scott said: I have saved the most important part about prayer until the end. Take a look at this family home evening lesson … … Numerous times as she was driving by a sister’s home or thinking of a particular sister, the Spirit would prompt her to stop by, bring dinner, or ask to watch the sister’s children. [“‘Line upon Line, Precept upon Precept’ (2 Nephi 28:30),” BYU–Idaho devotional address, 11 September 2001; emphasis in original]. Tag a friend who you'd think enjoy this story! Then I got it again, even more forcefully. Scriptural immersion provides us with a unique insight into how others have received and responded to the promptings of the Spirit. We will never do it again!”. The last part of this verse adds an additional element of hope: “and him that seeketh so to do.” I am thankful that as I make mistakes and neglect to heed promptings but “seeketh so to” keep the commandments, a loving Father in Heaven and Savior are always there to help me get back on course if I will but keep repenting and keep trying. I suddenly stood up. I had first been warned of my sons’ danger “so delicately [ I ] didn’t even consciously recognize it,” and then “subtly and gradually,” enough to respond half-heartedly, and finally “immediately and intensely.” I know those promptings saved my little boys’ lives. I will always be grateful for the extra help the Lord provides through the Holy Ghost to help me care and look after their safety. President Boyd K. Packer taught: My heart started pounding. Instead of giving them the stern rebuke I had in mind, my thoughts unexpectedly returned to the talk I had been preparing and Elder David A. Bednar’s words:  “Sometimes the spirit of revelation will operate immediately and intensely, other times subtly and gradually, and often so delicately you may not even consciously recognize it. In living the gospel, our handbooks of instruction are the scriptures and the revealed word of God through His prophets. How can we tell if we are receiving inspiration from the Spirit or if we are getting a message from our own emotions or from an evil source or if we are receiving any spiritual prompting at all? She is outside his stewardship. As a child hiking with his father in the desert, Elder Stevenson recalls how a prompting from the Holy Ghost kept him from potential danger as he ventured off the beaten path. If you are not now worthy, repent and become worthy. This afternoon I had no interviews after church. This video is unavailable. . In the latest video released as part of the Church’s 2020 #HearHim initiative, Elder Gary E. Stevenson shares a story of how he learned to listen to the Holy Ghost. But regardless of the pattern whereby this blessing is received, the light it provides will illuminate and enlarge your soul, enlighten your understanding, and direct and protect you and your family (“The Spirit of Revelation” General Conference 2011). Elder Bednar gave a great CES fireside talk entitled “A Reservoir of Living Water” (4 February 2007)—that I highly encourage you to read or reread—in which he talked about feasting on the word by searching the scriptures for connections, patterns, and themes. Gordon E. Limb was director of the BYU School of Social Work when this devotional address was given on 5 March 2013. My guess is that the door has been making that sound since it was first installed, yet it took me over two years to recognize and respond to that small, soft, melodic sound. Servants of God learn to recognize and follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost, and those with experience do so instantly. They were onboard, and I thought this appointment would lead to all kinds of research opportunities and funding. I have heard of cases where a young man told a young woman she should marry him because he had received a revelation that she was to be his eternal companion. Elder Richard G. Scott noted, “When we receive an impression in our heart, we can use our mind either to rationalize it away or to accomplish it” (“Learning to Recognize Answers to Prayer,” Ensign, November 1989, 31; emphasis in original). Why is it important to listen when the Lord speaks to us through the Holy Ghost and/or our church leaders? As parents, it is important that we listen to our children, so that we understand what difficulties they are struggling with. I am not referring here to words I can hear with my ears, but promptings that fill my heart and penetrate my entire being. There is a famous social science experiment (see Daniel J. Simons and Christopher F. Chabris, “Gorillas in Our Midst: Sustained Inattentional Blindness for Dynamic Events,” Perception 28, no. What a blessing that position turned out to be! Well, I didn’t get the offer. This post was originally shared by Jenny Smith on August 2, 2008, ... Talk about how the mouse trap represents the traps Satan sets for us and if we are not careful, and follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost, we can easily be caught in one of his traps. Provo, Utah 84602. President Gordon B. Hinckley observed: The trouble with most of our prayers is that we give them as if we were picking up the telephone and ordering groceries—we place our order and hang up. I just wanted to sit down to finalize a talk I had been assigned. that thou mayest know that thou hast been enlightened by the Spirit of truth.” Then, in verse 23, the Lord said: “Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? This guidance comes as thoughts, as feelings through promptings and impressions. The Holy Ghost is our teacher to help us know whether our choices are good or evil. It wasn’t until I was in tune with the sound that I actually heard it. . Let’s look at this process in action. He got up and left, and a few minutes later I could hear my son in his happy element, making siren sounds while playing with Legos. This experiment has been done on a number of occasions, and typically about half of the participants are so focused on counting the number of passes that they do not see the obvious gorilla walking through the players. The Holy Ghost had prompted him to move to keep him safe from being trampled or even killed. To share eternal life. The Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one. Staying Safe by Listening to the Holy Ghost. When He speaks to us, He does so through revelation. Thus we tend to believe the Lord will give us a big answer quickly and all at one time. It was not coming together properly. She also had to receive her witness—independently. I often wonder if it's just a thought or a prompting. . My two boys share the same room, and I usually read to them before bed. I think it took her a little longer to know whether or not she wanted to spend the rest of eternity with this guy who was pretty average. The gate was standing open. For our family, the story of the lost binoculars and how my daughter, McKenna, prayed and knew almost instantly where to find them has become legendary and is used as an example of a big answer to a single prayer. So why is it that after praying and feeling good about this job, things didn’t work out? That night as I went down to read to them, I was in a hurry to finish a talk I had coming up in my Church assignment—as well as being a little frustrated with my son’s behavior. So I hurriedly read to them and, before leaving, gave my son one more short lecture on proper behavior. and, more specifically, as stated by Elder David A. Bednar, How can I tell the difference between my emotions telling me what I want to hear and the Holy Ghost telling me what I need to hear? I was feeling the relief and anger that comes only when a child nearly scares you to death. While I don’t have a complete or easy answer to these questions, I would like to discuss with you some of the things I have learned about recognizing and responding to the promptings of the Spirit. In my mind this job was made for me. 113]. Bishop Anderson explains the importance of identifying and listening to the Holy Ghost October 31, 2018 “Acting on spiritual promptings is acting on righteous instincts,” said Bishop Jared Anderson, senior enterprise systems developer, at a devotional on Oct. 23. Following baptism we were confirmed members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and were given the gift of the Holy Ghost. I just needed a little solitude! We all know that big answers do come—and sometimes all at once—but those are more the exception than the rule. However, “we should not feel spiritually inadequate or unqualified if we do not receive a big and immediate answer to a request or plea for help the first time we ask” (Bednar, “Line upon Line”). We need to meditate, contemplate, think of what we are praying about and for and then speak to the Lord as one man speaketh to another. I am guessing many of you, like me, have asked this question. We had a Relief Society president in my ward who would often pray and ask, “Father, help me to be an answer to someone else’s prayer today.” Then, as she was going into work or coming home, she would drive around the ward enlisting the Spirit’s prompting to determine if there was a sister who needed her help. I don’t ever recall receiving a one-time spiritual confirmation that she was “the one.” However, the more we interacted, the more we talked, and the more we learned about each other in different situations, I received many small, simple, and quiet promptings that she was a special, talented, spiritual woman. I had started with my old standby, definitions from the Bible Dictionary, but that wasn't producing anything new. All too often we make faulty assumptions and have erroneous expectations regarding recognizing the Spirit. But, it is equally important to remember that there are other kinds of promptings that we can experience besides the leadings of the Holy Spirit. In fact, while he was president of BYU–Idaho, Elder Bednar said that this last question was the question most frequently asked by the students with whom he met. Do you realize that as others are seeking the Spirit to receive answers to their prayers, often the Lord uses us to answer those prayers? When we communicate with Heavenly Father, we do so through prayer. However, I learned I must also be open to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. No matter how challenging our circumstances, honest appreciation fills our mind to overflowing with gratitude. I shouted, “Don’t move!” as I watched for an opening in the traffic to cross over to them. That day I gained a personal testimony of the power of the Holy Ghost. Grant (1856–1945) when his wife and son passed away. One great challenge for you and those you work with is to recognize the quiet, subtle promptings of the Holy Ghost. What are ways we can better understand the Lord’s pattern of communicating with us? “The gift [of the Holy Ghost] can come only after proper and authorized baptism, and is conferred by the laying on of hands. So, in summary, sometimes the right choices or blessings come in the Lord’s time and through promptings that are often not recognized until after they are acted upon. Those three years provided me with the foundation I needed in order to be where I am today. I was so taken aback that I got up from my desk, walked out of my office, opened the door, and listened again to the melodic tone as it closed. I considered inserting something from the Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, or maybe some quotes from a General Conference talk when my children started chasing each other through the house. He said, “During the entire time we have been holding family home evenings with students, I cannot remember a single time when some version of this question was not asked” (“Receiving, Recognizing, and Responding to the Promptings of the Holy Ghost… Together the verses in these two sections teach us that when Heavenly Father speaks to us through the Spirit in its most familiar form, it most often comes to us through our thoughts and feelings. This two-way divine communication is critical to our understanding of the process of receiving personal revelation (see L. Lionel Kendrick, “Personal Revelation,” BYU devotional address, 20 May 1997). My meeting with the company went great. Choosing to draw closer to Heavenly Father brings us untold blessings. Recognizing and understanding this pattern is an important key to obtaining inspiration and help from the Holy Ghost. Both terrified and relieved, they kept sobbing, “Sorry, Mama! In order to hear and feel the holy spirit and Holy Ghost’s promptings and guidance, disconnecting is necessary. While it would have started out as a great job, it would have been short lived. . There was still plenty of light, so I ignored the impression. ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (seeing an object lesson): Explain that we have to learn to listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost by paying attention to thoughts in our minds and feelings in our hearts (see D&C 8:2). It is clearly the case that the Lord did not change His mind; rather, you and I must learn to better recognize the Lord’s pattern as a series of related and expanding answers to our most important questions. Listening to the Promptings of the Holy Ghost. Brothers and sisters, in my work at BYU and in my service within the Church, I have been blessed to spend much of my time working with youth and young adults. I want them inside.”. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Jude 1:20 ESV / 9 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful. In the scriptures we have many examples of prophets following the promptings of the Holy Spirit, often not knowing why they are being prompted. Second, sincere prayer invites the constant companionship of the Spirit. But as I shut the gate firmly and then looked at their tearful faces, my anger melted. First, living worthily invites the constant companionship of the Spirit. For those who are endowed, go to the temple—the Lord’s classroom—and keep your covenants. However, the pattern repeatedly described in the scriptures suggests we receive “line upon line, precept upon precept,” or, in other words, many small answers over a period of time. Let me share with you what Elder Bednar said about this: Let me suggest that many of us typically assume we will receive an answer or a prompting to our earnest prayers and pleadings. What greater witness can you have than from God?” Here we see that after Oliver inquired of the Lord through prayer, his mind was enlightened by the Spirit and he was given a feeling of calmness or peace. I pray for and invite the Holy Ghost to be with each of us today as we discuss this most important topic. He had some serious health problems and was in intensive care. Heeding the Promptings of the Holy Ghost Most of us, at one time or another, have trouble heeding the promptings of the Spirit. … While we speak of ‘listening’ to the whisperings of the Spirit, most often one describes a spiritual prompting by saying, ‘I had a feeling … ’.” Boyd K. Packer “Personal Revelation: The Gift, the Test, and the Promise,” Liahona, June 1997 In sections 6 and 8 of the Doctrine and Covenants, through revelation given to Oliver Cowdery, we learn some important concepts of this two-way divine communication. If this is a true revelation, it will be confirmed directly to the woman if she seeks to know. Show several signs warning us of danger (see below). I will always be grateful for the extra help the Lord provides through the Holy Ghost to help me care and look after their safety. Page Facebook de l'interrégion en français. Was this the first time that the melodic sound had occurred? As I approached the gate, I saw my boys across the busy main street holding hands. Well, I love the Lord, but I don’t always keep all of the commandments. I have found that early in the morning, when things are quiet and my mind is focused, I am most receptive to the promptings of the Spirit. King Benjamin further taught his peole, "And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. Don’t give up Joseph, fight till you drop. As a member of the Church, you have received the gift of the Holy Ghost by priesthood authority. He did so and looked at me and asked, “What?” like he was expecting to get another lecture like the night before. You know those "random" texts of encouragement or prayer that come from a friend at exactly the right moment? This time I followed the prompting. At the end the narrator asks how many passes the white team made. How will listening to the Lord affect our lives? Explores God's voice in Jesus' ministry, differences between messages in words vs. nudges or promptings (Mark 1:33-38; John 5:19; 1 Corinthians 2:11-12, 16; Acts 8:26-38). I shall never forget it nor forsake it. In Doctrine and Covenants 8:2 the Lord states, “Behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.”. Once there, I held each of their little hands and helped them cross back to safety. ... And the Holy Spirit does talk to me. 9 [1999]: 1059–74) in which participants are asked to watch a video of players in white and black passing a basketball and to count the number of passes the white team makes. Some things we can do that will allow us to be more receptive to the messages and influence of the Holy Spirit, include: a) Be clean - (in thought, word, and deed) I will remember my baptismal covenants and listen to the Holy Ghost. 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