President Anderson’s Letter – November 3 2013

Teaching our investigators to “feel” the truth and not try to reason with their own limited knowledge will cause them to embrace the Gospel and be converted to our message of Jesus Christ. As President Packer teaches us:

“But if you learn by reason only, you will never understand the Spirit and how it works—regardless of how much you learn about other things… Your spirit learns in a different way than does your intellect… For ‘there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding,’[ Job 32:8.] and the Spirit of Christ “giveth light to every man that cometh into the world.”[D&C 84:46.] … We are told that ‘angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost.’[2 Ne. 32:3.] We are even told that when we speak by the power of the Holy Ghost, we ‘speak with the tongue [or in the same language] of angels.’[ 2 Ne. 31:13;  2 Ne. 32:2.].   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 Ne. 17:45] (President Boyd K. Packer, October 1994, General Conference) 

As we follow the Spirit, God will put us in the path of those who need his Gospel:

“On our way out the door we prayed that the Lord would show us miracles and use us for His work. The miracles started 2 minutes after leaving our house. We bumped into one of our potential investigators that had been hesitant about giving us the address to his apartment. When he saw us, his face split with a smile, and he slammed on his brakes. We talked to him for a couple minutes about his day and where he works, and then scheduled an appointment with him for the next day after getting his address. 200 yards up the street we stopped and contacted a lady in front of an apartment complex. After sharing a powerful harvest blessing she explained to us that she had just barely left a friend’s house because she had felt prompted to walk towards home, and that she believed that this was why. We testified of our callings as representatives of Christ and our purpose to help everyone to come closer to Christ, and then invited her to be baptized. She said yes i have never been baptized because I came form Cuba just one month ago.” 

As we follow the Spirit, God will connect us with those searching for truth:

“We had been harvesting and weren’t seeing too much success. We stopped and we prayed to ask God where he would have us go and we both got the distinct impression that we needed to go to the street just over from where we were. We walked through an ally to get there and when we came out the other side we saw a house right in front of us. We looked at each other and without even saying anything both made our way to the house. We knocked the door and out came a woman! She was excited to see us and felt the spirit so strongly during the blessing. We invited her to be baptized and she accepted. As we began to teach her, throughout the next few weeks, she was so accepting of everything! She already knew most of the things we talked to her about!! She told us that the day that we knocked her house that she wasn’t going to open the door because she never opens the door for people like us, but when she saw us she said that something tugged at her soul, telling her she had to open the door! I will never forget the smile that was on her face as she came out of the waters of baptism yesterday, clean and on her path to living with God again.” 

When we follow the promptings of the Spirit, God is prompting others to receive us:

“We blessed a family, a single mother, and then people down the street began to be rude. But we didn’t let that stop us, we continued to stay steadfast and then as we were wrapping up our harvest, I felt a prompting to go one house more. We knocked, a woman opens the door and we introduce ourselves and then she stated she was busy cooking. We testified… and she accepted and gladly invited us into her home. We left a powerful blessing and she then told us ‘I told my husband after I was done cooking that I was going to go upstairs to pray, and then you both come knocking on the door’, She was just beyond amazed how God sent us to her at the specific time and day she needed us! The experience was so amazing to me because these past few weeks I’ve been praying specifically to know how to follow the spirit and as I did this woman’s experience became reality 

We invoke the Spirit when we testify who we are and who we represent. The Spirit then takes charge. If we allow it to, it will reveal truths to those we testify of Christ as Elder McConkie teaches:

“When men are quickened by the power of the Spirit, then the Lord can reveal his truths to them in whatever way he chooses.” (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, October 1978, General Conference)



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