Jan 12, 2014

Let the Spirit Guide

It's truly amazing when the spirit guides a lesson, a conversation, or an encounter.  Those moments when the words are placed into your mouth and you become an instrument in the hands of the Lord to do His work and serve His children in the way that He would have you.  In my daily prayers, I include a plea to live in such a way that I can be a faithful servant of the Lord to do His will, share His gospel, and serve His children in a way pleasing to Him.

I really started thinking about the guidance of the spirit during a Visiting Teaching lesson with my companion Trina.  We were visiting with Susan.  As we all chatted, the conversation headed down a very spiritual path.  We were able to discuss matters of eternal importance and bear our testimony of temple work and the Atonement.  I felt the exact words Susan most needed to hear were put into my mouth through the power of the Holy Ghost.  The spirit came in like a warm blanket and it enveloped all of us in the love of our Savior. 

This experience perfectly segued into my lesson topic for my Sunday School class.  January's theme for the youth lessons is the Godhead.  As I looked over the lesson topics, one in particular stood out to me:  How do I learn from the Holy Ghost?  In preparing for my lesson, I read over the lesson, studied the pertinent scripture passages, pondered the suggested talks, and continued in my own personal gospel study.  But the most important preparation I did was to pray.  I prayed that I would have the spirit with me as I taught and I prayed that the youth of my class would feel that spirit for themselves.  I prayed that the Holy Ghost would give me the information the Lord would have me teach at that particular time and moment so it would be of the most benefit to my students.  This lesson was truly inspired.  The lesson I taught today was nothing close to what I had prepared, but the spirit was so strong.  My students shared experiences that brought the Holy Ghost in to testify the truth of their words.  He was leading the lesson down a path that my student's needed, for the more we all acted on His promptings, the more questions and comments were made, and the stronger His presence was felt.  I wish I could have a transcription of every word spoken during class, for the feeling in that room was amazing.  This is a true testimony to me of the love our Father in Heaven has for each one of His children.  He wants to make sure they hear what they need to hear to help them on their path to salvation.

I just have to say that I have the best class.  My students are such smart, good kids.  They are so full of the spirit and are so eager to learn and grow in the gospel.  They give me hope for the future of this nation.  Each time I see and talk with them, they are an inspiration to me.  I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to teach them and to get to know them better.

Recognizing the influence and presence of the spirit takes practice.  The best ways to practice this crucial skill is by doing, speaking, reading, and listening to things that bring the spirit in.  Study the scriptures, pray in earnest, attend church meetings and activities, share your testimony of Jesus Christ, listen to uplifting music, serve others.  As you do these things, focus on what you experience and how you feel at these times.  Little by little you will better recognize how the Holy Ghost speaks to you and little by little you will see the Savior's hand in every aspect of your life.

The hymn Let the Holy Spirit Guide (#143) shows us the attitude we should have regarding the Holy Ghost.  We need to allow the spirit to guide us.  We need to ask to recognize the spirit as He manifests unto us.  We need to listen to Him, feel for His presence, and live our lives in such a way that He will dwell within us.

I know as we gain a desire to recognize the Lord's hand in our lives, pray for the guidance of the Holy Ghost, and act upon that inspiration our lives will further emulate that of our Savior's and we will be filled with Their love.

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