Sept 8, 2015 1 Kings 1-11 by Diane Adair
1 Kings 1-11
We find, even among those who have embraced the Gospel hearts of unbelief. How many of you, my brethren and sisters, are seeking for these gifts that God has promised to bestow? How many of you, when you bow before your Heavenly Father in your family circle or in your secret places, contend for these gifts to be bestowed upon you? How many of you ask the Father, in the name of Jesus, to manifest Himself to you through these powers and these gifts? Or do you go along day by day like a door turning on its hinges, without having any feeling on the subject, without exercising any faith whatever; content to be baptized and be members of the Church, and to rest there, thinking that your salvation is secure because you have done this? I say to you, in the name of the Lord, as one of His servants, that you have need to repent of this. You have need to repent of your hardness of heart, of your indifference, and of your carelessness. There is not that diligence, there is not that faith, there is not that seeking for the power of God that there should be among a people who have received the precious promises we have…. I say to you that it is our duty to avail ourselves of the privileges which God has placed within our reach….
I feel to bear testimony to you, my brethren and sisters, … that God is the same today as He was yesterday; that God is willing to bestow these gifts upon His children…. If any of us are imperfect, it is our duty to pray for the gift that will make us perfect. Have I imperfections? I am full of them. What is my duty? To pray to God to give me the gifts that will correct these imperfections. If I am an angry man, it is my duty to pray for charity, which suffereth long and is kind. Am I an envious man? It is my duty to seek for charity, which envieth not. So with all the gifts of the Gospel. They are intended for this purpose. No man ought to say, “Oh, I cannot help this; it is my nature.” He is not justified in it, for the reason that God has promised to give strength to correct these things, and to give gifts that will eradicate them. If a man lack wisdom, it is his duty to ask God for wisdom. The same with everything else. That is the design of God concerning His Church. He wants His Saints to be perfected in the truth. For this purpose He gives these gifts, and bestows them upon those who seek after them, in order that they may be a perfect people upon the face of the earth, notwithstanding their many weaknesses, because God has promised to give the gifts that are necessary for their perfection. –We Are to Seek the Gifts of the Spirit Which Will Correct Our Imperfections, George Q Cannon, First Presidency (Millennial Star, 23 Apr. 1894, 260)
Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing, and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;
And now, my brethren, I desire that ye shall plant this word in your hearts, and as it beginneth to swell even so nourish it by your faith. And behold, it will become a tree, springing up in you unto everlasting life. And then may God grant unto you that your burdens may be light, through the joy of his Son. And even all this can ye do if ye will. Amen.
“We need a spiritual practice in order to cultivate that awareness in our self. With a persisting spiritual practice, all folded into every day living, one’s life takes on a new quality. Many of the fallen world’s sorrows diminish. Burdens lighten and peace deepens.” page 42-43, The God Seed: Probing the Mystery of Spiritual Development by M. Catherine Thomas, M. Catherine Thomas, BYU Religion Professor
“Let us make the temple, with temple worship, temple covenants, and temple marriage our ultimate earthly goal and the supreme mortal experience.” President Hunter, “A Temple Motivated People” Feb 1995
“In the renewal of our temple covenants we can be nurtured and encouraged by connecting the present with the past and the future. If we are deprived of these renewing opportunities over a sustained period of time, however, present cares can blur the past and cloud the future,” “If Thou Endure It Well,” p 112 Neal A Maxwell
Climbing the Shark’s Fin, The New York Times, Aug 11, 2015