Learning is Eternal
Diligently Preparing for Spiritual Learning
Part 4 of a 5 Part Series
By President Henry B. Eyring
BYU Speeches September 04, 1988
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By the Mouths of My Disciples
- "I know of a few of the reasons why the Lord requires us to listen to mortal servants. One of the reasons is that you and I need a check on our own inspiration occasionally. We can be mistaken. We at times, even with real intent and with faith and with careful prayer, may come to wrong conclusions. Listening to others can provide correction. It can promote more careful consideration. I hope you will always remember that there is safety in counsel.
- ... First section of the Doctrine and Covenants, verse 23, says "That the fullness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world, and before kings and rulers." "So why should a Sunday School teacher who seems to us weak and simple and less experienced be called by inspiration to teach us? ... it requires humility on our part. It requires a humble heart to believe that you can be taught by someone who apparently knows a good deal less than you do, and perhaps seems less likely to get revelation."
- "God has said that if we are going to make it home again, we must not only hear his voice privately by our own effort, but also through the voice of his servants who, when they speak by the power of the Spirit, speak as if it were his voice."
- "Be attentive, write notes ... hear the voice of God in the words of a child."
The Guidance of the Spirit
"... have the Spirit confirm to us the truth of the words of our leaders or teacher..."
President Romney provided these instructions:
If you want to obtain and keep the guidance of the Spirit, you can do so by following this simple four-point program.
One, pray. Pray diligently. Pray with each other. Pray in public in the proper places ...
Learn to talk to the Lord; call upon his name in great faith and confidence.
Second, study and learn the gospel.
Third, live righteously; repent of your sins by confessing them and forsaking them. Then conform to the teachings of the gospel.
Fourth, give service in the Church.
If you will do these things, you will get the guidance of the Holy Spirit and you will go through this world successfully, regardless of what the people of the world say or do.
- Pray Diligently ... ask for a blessing on those who will teach your next Sunday.
- Study & Learn ... learn something now about what you will listen to next Sunday.
- Live Righteously ... repent of your sins by confessing them and forsaking them. ...make a commitment to act on those promptings you receive when listening to your teachers and leaders.
- Serve in the Church ... It can work in the next class or executive meeting you attend in the Church when some very mortal person is in front of you. Rather than thinking. "Well, let's see whether this teacher or leader can convince me" or "How good are they going to be today?" you could think another way. You could say to yourself, "What is it they are trying to accomplish?" Then you could ask yourself quietly, "What can I do to help?"
- The Giving of a Gift ... Seeking the Spirit can bring your blessings. Seeking to bring it down on someone else brings it to you, but it also adds to the joy of gift-giving. ... give a gift to your teacher or your leader. It is done by the way you pray, by the way you study, by the way you have a contrite heart, and by the way you add your service to theirs. You make it more likely that they will feel the power of the Holy Ghost in their service.
"When the Speaker Begins, I Listen" "... I can learn something from anybody. They have had experiences I haven't had."
But that every man might speak in the name of God the Lord, even the Savior of the world;
That faith also might increase in the earth;
That mine everlasting covenant might be established;
That the fullness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world, and before kings and rulers. [D&C 1:20-23]
What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same. [D&C 1:38]
"I pray with my whole heart that we may listen together and that we may have the gift of the Holy Ghost, both in our private search for truth and as we sit at the feet of the servants of God wherever we may be."