LESSON ONE - By Heeding the Spirit We Invite Further Direction

"The Lord "doth not dwell in unholy temples," and neither does His Spirit" (Alma 7:21)

Purpose

To help any willing couple to bring and sustain the power of the Spirit in their home.

Doctrine

As we pray earnestly, we will receive an increased influence of the Spirit (Richard G. Scott, "To Acquire Spiritual Guidance")
As we pray earnestly, we will receive an increased influence from the Spirit.
Having the Spirit in our home should be the goal of every Latter-Day couple. When our home is an environment where the Spirit of the Lord dwells we are on the path that leads to eternal life. Many couples want the Spirit in their home, but don't know what to change differently to feel the Spirit's power more frequently. Others may know helpful things to do but lack the motivation. This lesson is designed to help any willing couple to bring and sustain the power of the Spirit in their home.

SECTION ONE

To Acquire Spiritual Guidance - Listen to Richard G Scott's talk

As each impression came, I carefully wrote it down. In the process, I was given precious truths that I greatly needed in order to be a more effective servant of the Lord.

What may appear initially to be a daunting task will be much easier to manage over time as you consistently strive to recognize and follow feelings prompted by the Spirit. Your confidence in the direction you receive from the Holy Ghost will also become stronger. I witness that 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. (italics added)

Subsequently I prayed, reviewing with the Lord what I thought I had been taught by the Spirit. When a feeling of peace came, I thanked Him for the guidance given. I was then impressed to ask, "Was there yet more to be given?" I received further impressions, and the process of writing down the impressions, pondering, and praying for confirmation was repeated. Again I was prompted to ask, "Is there more I should know?" And there was. When that last, most sacred experience was concluded, I had received some of the most precious, specific, personal direction one could hope to obtain in this life. Had I not responded to the first impressions and recorded them, I would not have received the last, most precious guidance.

SECTION TWO


Questions to Ponder:
  • Why is it more important to be confident in how I feel, rather than what I see or hear?
  • What kind of attributes did Elder Scott apply when he sought for and received the "most precious guidance"?
  • Why could it be beneficial to write down my thoughts and feelings on paper?

Questions for Discussion:
  • Steve Covey (author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) says that the best way to strengthen the still small voice is to listen and follow its direction, how will you take the time and effort to listen and act?
  • What is promised to us as we act on the spiritual impressions we receive?