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Thursday, June 30, 2011

ATTENTION... LEARNING BY THE HOLY GHOST

This past week as I was pondering on what to do for district meeting I came across a section is Preach My Gospel, Chapter 2,



Your gospel study is MOST effective when you are
taught by the Holy Ghost. ALWAYS begin your gospel
study by praying for the Holy Ghost to help you
learn. He WILL bring knowledge and conviction that
WILL bless your life and allow you to bless the lives of
others. Your faith in Jesus Christ WILL increase. Your
desire to repent and improve WILL grow.
This kind of study prepares you for service, offers
solace, resolves problems, and gives you the strength
to endure to the end. Successful gospel study requires
desire and action. “For he that diligently seeketh SHALL find; and the mysteries of God SHALL be unfolded
unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well
in these times as in times of old” (1 Nephi 10:19).
Like Enos, as you hunger to know the words of
eternal life and as you allow these words to “[sink]
deep into [your] heart” (Enos 1:3), the Holy Ghost WILL open your mind and heart to greater light and understanding.
Learning the gospel is also a process of receiving revelation (see Jacob 4:8). To Oliver
Cowdery the Lord said: “Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I
would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me. But, behold, I say
unto you, that you MUST study it out in your mind; then you MUST ask me if it be right, and
if it is right I will cause that your bosom SHALL burn within you; therefore, you SHALL feel that
it is right” (D&C 9:7–8). As you study, pay careful attention to ideas that come to your mind
and feelings that come to your heart, particularly regarding the people you are teaching.

2 Nephi 32:5      D&C 11:12–14      John 16:13
Alma 5:45–46      D&C 39:5–6      1 Corinthians 2:9–14
Moroni 10:5      John 14:26
Above are some scriptures to Support this Doctrine

Why is there a color code? Red is the things that we NEED to do. Blue is the promises if we do the DO's.

DO
  • Begin with Prayer
  • Diligent Seek
  • Hunger to Know
  • Desire to Know
  • Put Forth Action
  • Study it out in your Mind
  • Pray
  • Pay Careful Attention to Thoughts and Feelings
PROMISE
  • Gain Knowledge
  • Gain Conviction
  • Increased Faith
  • Desire to Repent and Improve
  • Holy Ghost open Mind and Heart
  • Shall Find
  • Mysteries of God shall be Unfolded Unto You
  • Bosom shall burn if it be Right
  • Receive Revelation
  • Strength to Endure to the End
  • Resolves Problems
  • Prepares you for Service
In Alma 17:2-3, the Sons of Mosiah tell us what they had to do to qualify for the Spirit.

"Now these sons of Mosiah were with Alma at the time the angel first appeared unto him; therefore Alma did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren; and what added more to his joy, they were still his brethren in the Lord; yea, and they had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth; for they were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God.
 But this is not all; they had given themselves to much(Spanish-MUCHO) prayer, and fasting; therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and when they taught, they taught with power and authority of God."

DO
  • Waxed Strong in the Knowledge of Truth
  • Searched Scriptures Diligently
  • MUCHO Prayer
  • MUCHO Fasting
PROMISES
  • Men of Sound Understanding
  • Spirit of Prophecy
  • Spirit of Revelation
  • Taught with Power and Authority of God
These are some pretty incredible promises if you ask me. I have tested this doctrine and tried it and I know that it works. The Lord God is Omnipotent. He knows all things. The Holy Ghost knows all things and WILL testify of truth(Moroni 10:5) Whether it be math, calculus, English, or your love life, the Holy Ghost knows all things. Experiment upon this doctrine of study. If you try it with an open heart and mind and do all that it says not missing a piece you WILL see a difference in your studies. I know that to be true. The Spirit can guide you in your lifes decisions, he can bring things back to remembrance when you need it. Only on the conditions of doing your part and trying.


President Ezra Taft Benson said,
"Let us never lose sight of the fact that education is a preparation for life -- and that preparing for life is far more than knowing how to make a living or how to land on the moon. Preparing for life means building personal integrity, developing a sound sense of values, increasing the capacity and willingness to serve. Education must have its roots in moral principles. If we lose sight of that fact in our attempt to match our educational system against that of the materialists, we shall have lost far more than we could possibly gain."


What is the Holy Ghost’s role in helping us learn the gospel?

Learning by the Holy Ghost

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