Sunday, May 10, 2009
Before the Church was organized, the Lord wanted the early members to understand the voice of the Spirit. In a revelation given through the Prophet Joseph Smith to his brother Hyrum, the Lord said,
D&C 11:12-14 12 And now, verily, verily, I say unto thee, put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good--yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit. 13 Verily, verily, I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy; 14 And then shall ye know, or by this shall you know, all things whatsoever you desire of me, which are pertaining unto things of righteousness, in faith believing in me that you shall receive.
This Spirit is in all men and is working continually. However, many do not "trust in that Spirit" and so go off the track which leads them to life eternal. Note that the Spirit teaches four things,
1. to do good
2. to do justly
3. to walk humbly
4. to judge righteously
This Spirit will never help us to win worldly praises or to vaunt ourselves up in pride or materialism. When we are trying to achieve these things we are telling that Spirit that we do not want to be bothered while we are trying to aggrandize ourselves and the Spirit is grieved. This Spirit only helps us to be humble followers of Christ. It will reinforce provident living, modest dress and grooming, and deportment that reflects humility, meekness, and lowliness of heart.
Just as the Lord requires two witnesses for the truth, there are two parts of the body which witness that the Spirit is there - you will know in your mind and your soul will be filled with joy, or as D&C 8:2 puts it, you will know in your mind and heart.
Through trusting "that Spirit" one can learn all things pertaining to righteousness.
Each of us must take a close look at ourselves and our personal motives and our deep desires to make sure we are in harmony with "that Spirit."