Saturday, July 12, 2008

Feeling the Spirit Once a Day ...

... keeps the temptations away.

As discussed in a previous post, one of my MTC teachers (Asa Neilson) taught us that we should always strive to be happy and to feel the Spirit at least once a day. That was one of the most valuable lessons I learned in the whole two months I spent in the training center.

I figure this is a good place to keep a hold of those experiences I try to have every day.

One of the many great things about the Information Age is the incredibly easy access to virtually limitless information. Blogs are a wonderful way to share and communicate some of that information. One of the blogs I regulary read is Jeff Linday's Mormanity.

Today Jeff posted a story from a convert (named Jim) who faced intense pressure from his pastor when he was investigating the Church. One of the main points that Jim made was how his pastor told him that he could not rely on his feelings to know the truth. The pastor told him that when the missionaries tell him that the burning in his heart is the Holy Ghost, it actually is the devil! At that moment, Jim was inspired to share Luke 24:13-16, 28-32 with his pastor:

13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.

14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.

16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
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28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.

29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the
day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.

30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

Jim's experience is very edifying. The rest of the story is very uplifting too ... I encourage you to hop over to Mormanity to read the rest.