Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Listen Closely

Today at district meeting, the weekly meeting where missionaries in an area get together to discuss missionary work and help uplift one another, district leader Elder Williams set up a rather instructive object lesson. He selected Elder Ravia to be the main participant and directed him to exit the room for a brief moment. He placed a post-it note with a picture of a "golden investigator" that he had previously drawn underneath the trashbin and instructed all in the room, me being the exception, to shout at Elder Ravia and misguide him as to the golden investigator's whereabouts. I, acting as the Spirit, was told to be a soft voice that constantly guided him to the treasure. When Elder Ravia commenced, he was beat upon by a tumult of noise. Elders Harper, Christensen, Williams, Weiland, Reed, Thueson, and Russell all shouted false information while I did my best to talk with "a bstill voice of perfect mildness, as if it had been a whisper." Elder Ravia eventually listened to the right voice and found his prize. When evaluating, Elder Ravia said that he heard the "still, small voice" but was distracted from listening to it by the many other voices in the room. So it is with the Spirit in our lives. In 2 Nephi 32:5, a perfect recipe for success and happiness is laid forth as we learn that the Spirit will show unto us all things what we should do. All we need to do to receive the blessings of the Lord is to shut out all the exterior, degrading voices and  then listen closely. The Spirit's voice will lead us to all truth.

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