Looking for Inspiration

Reading: “Finding Strength in Challenging Times,” Elder Allan F. Packer of the Seventy, April 2009 General Conference, Saturday Morning Session

One of the themes I found in the last general conference was an encouragment to use difficult times as an inspiration to remember what truly matters, and to renew our commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  In this talk by Elder Packer he encourages us to seek spiritual inspiration more actively in our lives.  He says:

When the winds blow and the rains pour, they blow and pour on all. Those who have built their foundations on bedrock rather than sand survive the storms. There is a way to build on bedrock by developing a deep personal conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ and knowing how to receive inspiration. We must know—and know that we know. We must stand spiritually and temporally independent of all worldly creatures.

Elder Packer then discusses several ways we can work to gain a deep conversion to the gospel.  These incluse:

  • Have a desire to gain a deeper conversion
  • Experiment to see if God will keep his promises
  • Study and learn
  • Learn how answers come through inspiration
  • Watch for spiritual inspiration
  • Pray for a testimony
  • Apply doctrine in our lives

One of the ways I work for a deeper conversion to the gospel is by writing in this blog.  Writing about gospel topics and applying them to my life helps me not only learn the gospel more deeply but also gain a witness of its truthfulness.

Today I am going to pray for help in gaining deeper conversion.  As Elder Packer pointed out, the scriptures say “Ask and ye shall receive.”  I don’t expect any kind of miracles, but maybe I will be blessed with some insight or direction.

How do you work for a deeper conversion to the gospel?  What have you done in the past that has helped deepen your testimony? What can you do right now?


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