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6 Ways to Love Church, Even When It Seems Boring


H is for Holy Ghost

Another reason we go to church is to feel the influence of the Holy Ghost. The Spirit makes things clear. It pulls us upward. It brings to our mind things we can do to be better. It' not just the speakers'and teachers' job to invite the Spirit. It's ours too. . . .

 If we are on the same wavelength as the Lord, our spirit will "vibrate"; we will feel the truth of what is being said. When we are sitting in our classes or our sacrament meetings, eager to feel the Spirit, listening intently for the Lord's instructions for us, we can experience what is promised in Doctrine and Covenants 50:22: "Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together." Rejoicing together with our friends and neighbors is what it's all about.

This next Sunday, why not set a goal to do all you can to prepare to feel the Spirit? I believe the Lord would like us to have that experience, but we can't if we aren't prepared. If we show up to church sleepy, disinterested, and bored, then we don't deserve to feel the Spirit. . . .

There are so many things we can do to "prepare our minds" for our meetings! We can get enough sleep, we can read the Sunday School reading assignment, we can pray for our teachers and speakers in our prayers on Saturday night! It's all up to you.

If everybody did this, there wouldn't be any more bored people at church. Can we do it? Sure we can. We've been told that we are a chosen generation, now we can show it through our actions. How? Well, among other things, we'll choose to enjoy the meetings, honor the Sabbath, be unified with our brothers and sisters, respect those who teach us, thoughtfully renew our covenants, and strive to feel the influence of the Holy Ghost. Make your Sundays special, and the time you spend in church will become the best three hours of the week.


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