Thursday, April 14, 2016
What I Learned - A child's guiding gift
At times we may all feel as if we are drowning. Life can be heavy. We live in “a noisy and busy world. … If we are not careful, the things of this world can [drown] out the things of the Spirit.”
I am continuing my conference talk series. My councilor challenged me to read one talk a day. Since I am writing this once a week, I think I will end up reading them a lot more times. The interesting thing about that is simply that I end up getting so much more from them that way. This was one of my favorite talks of the conference. It really resonated with me on a personal level.
It can be hard in my own life to recognize the spirit. It can be hard to know if a prompting is really a prompting, or just something you want to do. I loved how she spoke about teaching our children to recognize the spirit in their own lives. Sometimes, the only way to know what a prompting feels like is to see what happens when we follow it.
I believe that all of us have promptings to do what is right. It can be to visit someone, or call someone, or even send a letter or a note. It can be simple, or complex. But a prompting always helps others or even ourselves.
I have had so many promptings in my life, and the way that I learned to follow them is by the consequences that happened when I didn't! There were times when I didn't heed the prompting to help and found out later how much someone needed me. There were times I didn't heed and something happened to one of my children.
When I have heeded the promptings, I am always blessed. The knowledge that comes is always that I am loved and that Heavenly Father is mindful of each one of us. He knows exactly who we are, what we need and He knows our names and circumstances.
The best way to teach our children to follow promptings is to recognize them in our own lives and follow them ourselves. Our children will be blessed to learn to hear the voice of the spirit in their own lives also.
It will be as Elder Richard G. Scott said: “As you gain experience and success in being guided by the Spirit, your confidence in the impressions you feel can become more certain than your dependence on what you see or hear.”