Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Ponderize D&C 18:34-36 (27 Mar - 2 April)

    34 These words are not of men nor of man, but of me; wherefore, you shall testify they are of me and not of man;
    35 For it is my voice which speaketh them unto you; for they are given by my Spirit unto you, and by my power you can read them one to another; and save it were by my power you could not have them;
     36 Wherefore, you can testify that you have heard my voice, and know my words.                                               
                                                                                                    D&C 18:34-36

Several years ago someone read this scripture to me and then said that if you want to talk to God then you should pray.  If you want to hear him speak, then read your scriptures.   This advice has helped me multiple times in my life.  When I am desperately seeking inspiration for some specific guidance, then I immediately think about scripture study.  There have been many times as I have been reading and pondering my scriptures that unrelated insight about a problem that I have been working on is given to me.  This type of preparation for revelation is not unusual.  See Doctrine and Covenants 138:1-2, as well as the experiences of Joseph Smith in JS-History 1:11-12.  

     We talk to God through prayer. He most often communicates back to us through His written word. To know what the voice of the Divine sounds and feels like, read His words, study the scriptures, and ponder them. [See  Doctrine and Covenants 18:34-36] Make them an integral part of everyday life. If you want your children to recognize, understand, and act on the promptings of the Spirit, you must study the scriptures with them.
      Don’t yield to Satan’s lie that you don’t have time to study the scriptures. Choose to take time to study them. Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than sleep, school, work, television shows, video games, or social media. You may need to reorganize your priorities to provide time for the study of the word of God. If so, do it! (Elder Richard G. Scott, “Make the Exercise of Faith your First Priority”.  October 2014 General Conference) 

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