Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wouldn't you love to have your own Liahona?

Wouldn't it be amazing to have your own personal Liahona? 

The cool thing is, you can. And here are some quotes that explain how. 

President Kimball – Conscience is a Liahona for us 

“You must realize that you have something like the...Liahona, in your own system. ...which we call the conscience” (Conf. Report, Oct. 1976).

Elder David A. Bednar – The Holy Ghost is a Liahona for us

“The pointers in the Liahona operated ‘according to the faith and diligence and heed’ (1 Nephi 16:28) of the travelers and failed to work when family members were contentious, rude, slothful, or forgetful (see 1 Nephi 18:12; Alma 37:41, 43). ...The primary purposes of the Liahona were to provide both direction and instruction during a long and demanding journey. The director was a physical instrument that served as an outward indicator of their inner spiritual standing before God...

“Each of us in this day has been given a spiritual compass that can direct and instruct us during our moral journey...‘The Holy Ghost...will show unto you all things what ye should do.’ (2 Nephi 32:5). The Holy Ghost operates in our lives precisely as the Liahona did for Lehi and his family, according to our faith and diligence and heed.

“We invite the Holy Ghost into our lives through meaningful personal and family prayer, feasting upon the words of Christ, diligent and exacting obedience, faithfulness and honoring of covenants, and through virtue, humility, and service. And we steadfastly should avoid things that are immodest, coarse, crude, sinful, or evil that cause us to withdraw ourselves from the Holy Ghost” (“That We May Always Have His Spirit to Be with Us,” Ensign, May 2006, 30-31).  

Alma 37:44-46  
The words of Christ are a Liahona for us 

Robert E. Wells – Book of Mormon is a Liahona for us

“One fascinating peculiarity of the Liahona was that not only did its pointers guide them in the wilderness but ‘a new writing, which was plain to be read’ appeared on the pointers to give them ‘understanding concerning the ways of the Lord; and it was written and changed from time to time, according to their faith, diligence’ and heed (1 Nephi 16:29). Very little is said about this phenomenon. In fact, I can find no further reference to this changeable writing. As I read the Book of Mormon, however, something strange seems to happen to me.  Passages of scriptures that I have read many times in one light seem to change – and suddenly there is a new meaning to that old and familiar scripture. I like to think that the Book of Mormon is truly like the Liahona of old. Not only does it point us in the way of the Lord and to the Lord...but if we are interested enough to read it again and again, from cover to cover, there are times when a ‘new writing’ – plain to be read – seems to appear” (Doctrines of the Book of Mormon, 1991 Sperry Symposium, 13).

President Monson - Patriarchal blessing is a Liahona for us

“The same Lord who provided a Liahona for Lehi provides for you and for me today a rare and valuable gift to give direction to our lives, to mark the hazards to our safety, and to chart the way, even safe passage – not to a promised land, but to our heavenly home.  The gift to which I refer is known as your patriarchal blessing” (Ensign, Nov. 1986, 65). 

More about the Holy Ghost as our Personal Liahona 

President James E. Faust – Spiritual dead spots  

“Cellular phones are used for much of the communication in our time. Occasionally, however, we find dead spots where the signal coming to a cell phone fails. This can happen when the cell phone user is in a tunnel or a canyon or when there is other interference. So it is with divine communication. The still, small voice, though still and small, is very powerful. It ‘whispereth through and pierceth all things’ [D&C 85:6]. . . . Perhaps something in our lives prevents us from hearing the message because we are ‘past feeling’ [1 Nephi 17:45]. We often put ourselves in spiritual dead spots—places and situations that block out divine messages. Some of these dead spots include anger, pornography, transgression, selfishness, and other situations that offend the Spirit” (Ensign, May 2004, 67).

President Boyd K. Packer – Holy Ghost speaks with a voice we feel

“The Holy Ghost speaks with a voice that you feel more than you hear. It is described as a ‘still small voice’ [D&C 85:6]. And while we speak of ‘listening’ to the whisperings of the Spirit, most often one describes a spiritual prompting by saying, ‘I had a feeling. . . .’
Revelation comes as words we feel more than hear. Nephi told his wayward brothers, who were visited by an angel, ‘Ye were past feeling, that ye could not feel his words.’ [1 Nephi 17:45; italics added]” (Ensign, Nov. 1994, 60).

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin – We live beneath our privileges with the Holy Ghost 

“I fear that some members of the Lord’s Church ‘live far beneath our privileges’ with regard to the gift of the Holy Ghost. Some are distracted by the things of the world that block out the influence of the Holy Ghost, preventing them from recognizing spiritual promptings. This is a noisy and busy world that we live in. Remember that being busy is not necessarily being spiritual. If we are not careful, the things of this world can crowd out the things of the Spirit. 

“Some are spiritually deadened and past feeling because of their choices to commit sin. Others simply hover in spiritual complacency with no desire to rise above themselves and commune with the Infinite. If they would open their hearts to the refining influence of this unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, a glorious new spiritual dimension would come to light. Their eyes would gaze upon a vista scarcely imaginable. They could know for themselves things of the Spirit that are choice, precious, and capable of enlarging the soul, expanding the mind, and filling the heart with inexpressible joy” (Ensign, May 2003).

Keith B. McMullin – Holy Ghost has the most powerful affect 

“That which is received of [the Holy Ghost] has a more powerful effect upon the soul than anything else received in any other way.” (Ensign, May 1996, 9).

Julie B. Beck – Holy Ghost gives personal revelation, most important skill

“The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life” (Ensign, May 2010). 

Click here for a printable of the Why, How, and What of Personal Revelation.

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