(Should I share personal experience?)
[An example like that…]
This is where our emotions interfere, and that is another obstacle to tacklealtogether. It is the Saint who has mastered the principle
“keeping His eye single to the glory of God”
will not suffer from this dilemma.
Only when we can say with confidence “my will is thine” will we not
have this problem.So with our emotions and other such impurities of purpose, whether or not we know they are there, It isone thing to invite the Spirit into our hearts, and yet quite another to recognize what it is saying, or evenacknowledge the prompting. Elder Scott reminds us that even Oliver Cowdery needed to be told he hadhad a spiritual experience at all (ironically by the Lord through Joseph Smith).Doctrine & Covenants 6:14-15 state:
Blessed art thou for what thou hast done; for thou hast inquired of me, and behold, as often as thouhast inquired thou hast received instruction of my Spirit. If it had not been so, thou wouldst not havecome to the place where thou art at this time.Behold, thou knowest that thou hast inquired of me and I did enlighten thy mind; and now I tell theethese things that thou mayest know that thou hast been enlightened by the Spirit of truth.
Interestingly, not only did Oliver Cowdery receive a prompting without recognizing it, but he
even acted on It
without realizing it
This brings me to some insight that I have gained over the years, insight that I believe was mostfundamental throughout my mission. Often times the source of our inspiration is not given directlythrough the Spirit.
It’s from our own minds and spirits. There is a plac
e in our heart of hearts where we
already know the answers. For a lot of us, that’s where our testimony comes from. We have a lot of
knowledge of eternal matters already
we lived a long time in the preexistence. Of course, the veil hasdropped and obscured much of this, but it still there. The Spirit may have to nudge us, remind us, orperhaps part the veil a little ways in order for us to access to that part of our spirits, but it has alwaysremained with us. Even those without the gift of the Comforter have that light of Christ mentioned inthe Doctrine and Covenants.
As a favorite seminary teacher of mine put it: “You know, you just don’t know you know.” I think
after we’ve received revelation or inspiration in this way, as Oliver
Cowdery had. Perhapsbecause we are accessing such knowledge from inside ourselves it seems to be more discreet andconfusing
as it “new knowledge” may be
, but the Lord is not going to blatantly give us any answers thatwe have the capability of reaching for ourselves. It would do us no good to get these free handouts,
because if we can’t learn for ourselves how to tap into our own spiritual resources, I don’t think we
could ever become the people we are capable of becoming.And so there is yet another reason to keep our minds clean, as well as our bodies. It was interesting tonote that Elder Scott mentions actual physical cleanliness and hygiene, as well as exercise, as principlesupon which to receive revelation. This may seem irrelevant, but I
k so. In this mortal life, our