You all are hoping that I got better! Guess what! SIKE im still sick. Today is the 20th day man. I know, what the heck....right?! What is life? I could tell you everything about that because all I do is study the standard works every single day for hours on end. And let me tell ya... Ive been learning a lot. Of which I will share with you in a little bit. :)
This week, as others have been the same. Trapped inside! But like I said, all I do with my time is educate myself on gospel doctrine. We did have a miracle this week though!
My companion and I had a prompting to go to the store and buy some yogurt. Why? I have no idea. We are not supposed to leave our apartment though is the thing. (According to Sister Welch, the mission presidents wife) BUT! considering it was the spirit telling us to go we went anyway. We showed up at the store, grabbed some yogurt, and checked out. As we were leaving some dude runs up to us and was like "Hey! Ive been to your church and have had some holy bread and water! Come over to my house right now!" So we went and talked for a bit and scheduled an appointment for this friday! So glad the Lord helped us feel happy again during the week :)
Spirit is REAL!!!!
Also we finally made it to church! And our investigator showed up man! Sickness! Speaking of sickness like i said we still have it so we did our best at church, taught our buddy, and then went home because we were feeling pretty bad. BUT, we went. We were starting to go less active bro. But we made it and everyone was happy to see us up and ALIVE.
Through all my studying and through my experience with the yogurt man, Ive been learning a lot about the spirit, how it works, and about revelation. Ive read some crazy talks too so ill share from these as well!
The spirit works in many different ways. The Holy Ghost is a member of the godhead. He is literally a GOD. which means if we want his presence and help, we must live worthy of it. we must be clean. That means both physically, AND spiritually. (take a shower, brush your teeth, repent!) When this is done, you leave a perfect environment for the spirit to reside.
The spirit talks to you through the light of Jesus Christ. It is the creating, governing power that can be found in and through all things. It is everywhere present and possible. its is "the light that quickeneths understanding" (D&C 88:11) It is what scientists call nature, its what protestant and Catholics call God, What humanists call decency, its what the man on the street calls common sense.
The spirit talks to us through the light of Christ. To anyone. Anyone can feel of its power. As for members, we hold the gift of the Holy ghost. we have what is called an educated conscience. When one engages themselves in learning and growing spiritually, they are educating their conscience. They receive promptings and personal commandments sent form the heavens. They feel a conviction of guilt to breaking commandments that arent even known or viewed to the world. In general, the ten commandments are a standard, but when one goes beyond following JUST those, and the teachings of the church, they educate their conscience and are bound to and qualify to receive personal revelation from God.
Think of it this way. The Father, and the Son are radio announcers, they speak through the Holy Ghost, which is the radio itself, The radio waves are the light of Christ that are carried to us!
(Bruce R. McConkie came up with that one !)
Ask yourself and ponder this question in your heart, If you listen, your conscience will tell you and you will know exactly how to answer it.
"What do I need to do to come closer to Christ?"
Whatever it is you received, THAT is the spirit. You received that answer through the light of Christ. That is revelation. You can enhance that ability to receive and learn by studying the scriptures daily, listening when you pray, and committing to obey what you hear. If you don't listen to it, God will stop giving it to you because you wont listen anyways!!
Nephi always did what the lord commanded! he always talked and communed with God because he had an educated conscience. Laman and Lemual thought he was crazy! they did NOT have an educated conscience which is why they "never knew such things from the Lord". They did not follow the commandments, pray, or study anything like Nephi did.
Do those things, pray always and listen, part of praying is listening, read and study the scriptures daily, educate your conscience and when you do your knowledge will grow, you will begin to know what it is in life you need to do (your purpose) and you will feel a greater abundance of peace and happiness from it.
I know that, with all my heart.
Everyone needs guidance in there life. without it, we would all be lost in darkness. Its like going on a road trip without a map. You will go no where. I pray and advise you all to educate your conscience, to do whats right always so that you can feel and see the blessings and power of the Holy ghost in your life. I testify that as you do Marvelous things in our lives would happen. My life was literally saved because of the Holy Ghost. I'm so thankful for it and how It has blessed my life.
My companion says hello. and He is alive too.
We love you all so very much. This week, Answer that question I asked and Do it. Your life will be blessed.
LOVE, Elder Preciado