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  1. Can church songs and christian rock/music bring the spirit to you? I was listening to LDS radio on Pandora...and I had a warm feeling of happiness because of the lyrics and melody. The song is: Peace in Christ by McKenna Hixson. I'm wondering if there's a scriptural reference to this? I'm wondering if what I felt was from the Holy Spirit?! I'm just curious! Thank you !
  2. ElderH

    Farewell Talk

    I'm giving my farewell talk this Sunday and it would be great to get some ideas on some resources I could use or some things I could talk about. The lord requires your full commitment not just a contribution. Thank you for your help
  3. Hemisphere

    Divine inspiration

    Today’s topic in my talk will be “Personal inspirations- Messages from the Lord.” And believe me, I needed plenty of it for the talk. I apologize beforehand, if I have not received it, boring you =) Joking aside, personal inspiration and revelations do play a significant part in our lives inside the church but it is not exclusively ours as the Lord shares his divine spark, wherever he sees fit to incorporate us and anyone else into his designs. We often tend to forget that a good idea might just be what we prayed for or it is another way for the holy ghost to look out for us. And sometimes a personal message heralds changes, whether it be small or epically on a grand scale. Sometimes we don´t even realize he did. In one example however after the seeds of Christ were brought to Rome, emperor Constantine was marching with his army, and he beheld the sun where he saw a cross of light above it, with a phrase :” In hoc signo vinces.” In this sign, you will conquer. The emperor did not know at first what it meant but in a following night, he had a dream in which our savior explained to him that he should use the sign of the cross against his enemies. So all his soldiers would paint the cross on their shields on the eve before the battle of the Milvian bridge. He achieved victory, which paved the way for the edict of Milan that made Chrisitanity an officially recognized and tolerated religion in the Roman Empire. It was not only a military victory, it was a spiritual one indeed. But I reckon, most of you are more familiar in that regard with Joseph Smith in 1 nephi 8- 12 8 And being thus overcome with the Spirit, he was carried away in a vision, even that he saw the heavens open, and he thought he saw God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels in the attitude of singing and praising their God. 9 And it came to pass that he saw One descending out of the midst of heaven, and he beheld that his luster was above that of the sun at noon-day. 10 And he also saw twelve others following him, and their brightness did exceed that of the stars in the firmament. 11 And they came down and went forth upon the face of the earth; and the first came and stood before my father, and gave unto him a book, and bade him that he should read. 12 And it came to pass that as he read, he was filled with the Spirit of the Lord. Which led to the restoration of the one church on earth. An inspiration that caused multiple ripples throughout the centuries, touching our lives in one way or another. Bible wise we find also people who were inspired to do things. Ranging from Mose to Elijah over to our twelve Apostles in the new testament. Other cultures refer to divine messengers and inspirators as well. Especially in the Greek culture where we find the Muses and their deities as per example Pallas Athena who aids Perseus in his hour of need with the Medusa or Heracles with the Nemeian Lion or Odysseus with his Trojan horse. The examples are legion. We see that inspiration and personal messages from the Lord can take many shapes and forms and sometimes it even asks for sacrifices. But we all know, without sacrifices, there is no victory. Especially over ourselves as complacency is the most diligent of all saboteurs. Personal inspiration does not help you or serve anyone if you choose to ignore it or refuse to exercise agency but even worse at times is, that if it personal inspiration is used when it is frowned upon or even stifled or outright opposed as complacency has gripped some of us and tempt us to be over dogmatic and close our hearts to ideas and revelations that have been carefully laid out for everyone to grasp. and brought to us by the lords chosen vessel John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. We tend to forget that in a world where the Lord takes on a less and less significant meaning. In effect the worldly things surround us and pollute our hearts up to a point how we forgot to listen to the lord even though he shows is things that are important to us. So how much worth has the word of the Lord to us then. We are guilty of unlearning to speak with the Lords, our hearts close and in the wake of this we unwittingly aid the natural man to combat our Lord and savior and his values which we seek to instill into our own hearts and then pass on. How can we do that though, if petty concerns hold us back ? The world has shifted from creation to consuming and we just absorb without reflection. Ideas are killed off or twisted to a point where once a divine spark might have been, it turned to an unliving object in our heart and mind-. Science can be a good example in that regard as people tend to dismiss the hand of the Lord in their work instantly as superstition. but most scientist forget that science is a way to explain God´s miracles and that their achievement are a result through divine inspiration to bring ease to our daily life. Heisenberg, a German chemist said once: the first swallow out of the cup of science is atheism, however at the bottom of the cup you find God." Inspiration can be subtle that gently , like water reaches its destination or it can be like a powerful tailwind that carries you far. But even with a strong wind, a kite has to be lifted up by pulling and running, lest it becomes useless on the ground or even broken. Then they are just missed opportunities that become regrets when we look back in our lives. I believe that my wife Annika which you know to be my personal conduit. My inspriations find a great source through her love. I would also say that it was the greatest inspiration I have been blessed with. Back then when I was still swimming in the shark tank of dating, I joined a plethora of platforms to find my significant other. There was also one obsolete and discfunct obscure church forum that I bothered to sign up once and visit somewhat bi annually. Most of those people online would waste my time by beating around the bush and being dishonest to themselves and to me and there where times where I would disregard messages as spam. Also in the case with a mail from that obscure forum. However, something told me I should open that mail ( I almost never did ) and in following this inspiration the impact to my life was tremendous. I met the love of my life and during our conversations our inspiration lit our hearts up and subsequently we found that we wanted to become husband and wife. And so it came to pass. It may not be on the scale of a roman conquest or the restoration of the church but it sure rocked my world as the Lord intended to and I am glad that I got inspired to read that email, lest I would have missed out on a wonderful person that is far more than I deserve. I consider this the most personal inspiration of my life. I am blessed and thankful. A diabolo, qui est simia dei. Wherever the Lord has a church, the devil has a chapel. Sometimes we receive ideas that are just plain and simple not from the Lord. They tempt you into mischief or into selfish ambitions and Lord knows , I had my fair share of practical jokes and moronic ideas. We can asks ourselves if the ideas that we have, would be pleasing in the eye of the lord and if the answer is no, then we should probably not follow up. Which saves you the trouble of making amends. Brothres and Sisters, an Idea is a powerful thing that comes in shapes and sizes. And they are meant to change your life because the Lord helps us to find our way. We are all but lost. the inspiration and the messages from the Lord are the gentle hands of the shepherd that guides and leads us. And we would do well to heed it and always have care that it is to the greater glory of our lord and to the benefit of our neighbor as we are servants unto the Lord. Proverbs 3 :5-6 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. As a convert you receive the biggest inspiration and message at the same time if you are willing to open your heart for the messages that could mean an extreme life make over. It took an army of seven sisters to ready the soil for the seed of a divine message to start my life over. At first the thought that my life could be incomplete, seemed to be preposterous and it just motivated me to ridicule the sisters and see it more as an intellectual sparring match. (of course it backfired on me... ) the sisters kept coming and their conviction inspired me to give it a shot. It was a major gamechanger and it turned my life around. It inspires me to pass on the tender mercies I have received to others who need it. Brothers and sisters, I testify to you that, if you learn to listen to the voice in your heart and let that divine spark light you up, you can feel the Lords love for you. There is also a certain excitement as well to see how many people you can affect in the long run if you pass on that divine spark. You will discover potential that you didn´t know it is there because the Lord will unlock it for you when the time is right. I testify that his love for us is true.
  4. My dear wife is currently in an inpatient rehab unit in a local hospital. As I was leaving on Saturday evening I was struck with a very strong impression to stop turn around and give her s blessing of comfort and strength. I dropped the cooler bag the leash for her service dog walked up to her laid my hands on her, shared with her some very sacred promises and words of blessing and encouragement from our father in heaven, we shared many tears of joy and love not many words after words. Once I returned home still filling inspired I called my Bishop to see If we could some how make arrangements to get the sacrament brought in for her. Well he approached me and suggested that my son and I go ahead and take it in for her today. After holding the priesthood for 30 plus years this was the 1st time I had the honor of administering the Lords sacrament in this type of setting and then for it to be with my son and for it be for my lovely spouse. I can not but marvel at how the need was seen and how I was allowed to serve my family by exercising my priesthood. Our Heavenly indeed knows us looks out for us and provides for our needs. I am thankful I was sensitive enough to listen to the spirit and was able to serve my family. The last thing Kathy said to me tonight "Thank you for bringing me the sacrament."
  5. Note: Please don't read more into this question than what it is! :) My question: Is it out of the realm of possibility that the average Christian can have visionary and/or revelatory experiences outside of the scope of strictly personal revelation?
  6. mcfuddy

    tough question

    Dear readers, okay i have a really hard time reciving answers. i have a friend who has had conversations with the spirit, where as i dont get anything. and its really hard. each time i really feel like i am going to be answered i really belive that somthing will happen a feeling or someone says somthing perfectly, or even just a scripture screams out the answer and then nothing. and each time its harder and harder to psych my self up. but i do and i do belive that i will get an answer i just need some help. so i am writing this tread to see if i see an inspired reply and i could use some encouragement as well as maybe some advise as to what i should do better or different. ive been to the temple and got a blessing in the past 2 days. i have been reading my scriptures and praying every day. a few months ago i belive i recived my answer. in fact it is the only time i have ever felt like i have gotten an answer while praying and that "feeling" overcame me. problem is i only told a few ppl and they all said that not only was that answer wrong but that i wouldnt have gotten that as an answer. that it was just what i wanted. and i have seriously been wondering if thats true. then while praying it hit me. you've gotten your answer. then the blessing i got is making me re-consider. and i want to do what the lord wants me to do bc i know things will turn out right if i do what he wants me to do. i just need to know what that is bc i have been getting so many mixed signals. and there are some eternal things that i have to decide between. i hope this is enough infprmation. if i need to later i will give more. i am sealing this thread with a prayer and begging for help. -confused
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