March Visiting Teaching: Under the Priesthood and after the Pattern of the Priesthood

by | Mar. 01, 2011

Lesson Helps

When I first saw the title of this month’s message, I murmured. Then I worried about how to do this post and be true to myself, and not overly critical of the church or of Barbara Thompson, who is the author of this month’s message. So, I decided to flip the message and go from the end to the beginning, because that was the only way that I could make it work for me.

To start, one of the suggested questions was this:

What will I do this month to increase my ability to receive personal revelation?

There are a number of ways we know that we can increase our ability to receive personal revelation. The critical term here is “personal”. Prayer is personal, spiritual revelation is personal. Often times when I pray, I want the spirit to TELL me exactly what it is that I need to do. But this is in contradiction to the principle of agency. In agency, I need to make a choice and then pray to see if the choice is correct. I often feel guided when answering the prayers of others. But in cases where I seek direction for myself, I need to make a choice, and then pray to see if the spirit confirms my choice. Preparing myself to be in tune and to trust that the spirit takes time and practice. This leads nicely into From Our History section:

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