Sunday, September 25, 2011

Feasting on the word

I loved Pres Uchtdorf's message in the Ensign this month about General Conference, particularly the story he relates in the first part: A member talked to his neighbour about how God speaks to us through His prophet and apostles, and how at General Conference we get to hear these special messages. When asked what God had communicated through the prophet at the last conference, the member couldn't remember. 
(I had to admit to myself that I also cannot remember what was said. I remember how I felt, but not the particular message.)
The neighbour was shocked - "You mean to say that God speaks to man today, and you can't remember what He said?!?"  
Oh yeah, it sounds bad when you say it like that, doesn't it?

"I've found... that when you're trying to learn from the Lord and you feel an impression from the Spirit... it's important to make a note so it will note be forgotten. The more you not only hear but abide by what you've been told, the more the Lord will give you. It will come more and more rapidly and you will begin to hear and feel those impressions of the Spirit more quickly than you have previously done"
Elder Gene R Cook

"The prompting that goes unresponded to may not be repeated. Writing down what we have been prompted with is vital. A special thought can be lost later in the day through the rough and tumble of life. God should not, and may not choose to repeat the prompting if we assign what is given such a low priority as to put it aside"
elder Neal A Maxwell
("Press Forward" p 122)

I am going to Feast on the Words of Christ when I attend conference.... in fact I am going to use it as a value project for My Personal Progress, and I have made myself a notebook. Normally I would scribble in my journal, but I have thought that if I have a separate notebook, it will be easier to refer back to over the next 6 months until the next Conference.

And then, as I prepared for my YW lesson on Scripture Study today, I felt the Spirit teaching me several times, bearing testimony to me and guiding me in my preparation. One of the things I felt strongly about is the need for a scripture journal for the girls, somewhere for them to write down their questions and impressions. So I while in notemaking mood, I covered some exercise-books with scrapbooking paper.
They proved popular in the lesson. I hope they get put to use!

1 comment:

  1. One way I like to do it is I scribble down notes during sermons, retreats, classes, etc., and then I have one journal called The Christians Notetaker Journal. Every so often I copied all of my bits and pieces into it and this helps me go over it again and also puts all of my notes in one place. I am not Mormon, but enjoy your posts.