Today as I was listening to the scriptures, this one in the Doctrine and Covenants 88 fascinated me and caught my complete attention. I thought and pondered while listening on how marvelous it is that JESUS CHRIST actually created the very earth upon which we stand. He did it, by the power which He has, that the Father has and gave to Him... and not only creating this earth but also the Sun which heats the earth at the perfect distance, lights the earth, gives the very light and environment the earth needs, the earth's perfect rotation and orbit in place yielding seasons and life compatible with the human race. The moon and the stars providing night light, in the right way, in the right time, under the right circumstances. A perfect plan of creation, of salvation, ...and this scripture today for me was fascinating to listen to, as I pondered how infinitely great Jesus Christ actually IS. HE is GOD as is Heavenly Father is God, as is also the Holy Ghost. We have a Supreme Being that created everything within our view, including our very bodies that house our spirits to make our souls. And today on this Christmas day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, coming into the world as the GIFT to all mankind. The LIGHT.
10 And the earth also, and the power thereof, even the earth upon which you stand.
Even the very faithful like Joseph Smith have had periods of time where prayer is difficult and hard to get answers, and even after receiving visions! (such as his trials in Liberty Jail). But some of us quit early after trying for a little bit, sometimes only a couple of minutes and then conclude "God doesn't exist or answer my prayers" because nothing happened. It takes Faith to wait. Faith to have patience on the Lord and truly submit to His will. It takes Faith to believe the answers will come. Stop waiting to actually pray, because of doubt. Stop losing patience through Doubt, doubting first that the answers will ever come.
Its all our choice, but the people of faith always get the result. It just comes on the LORD'S TIME TABLE. We have to know that going in to it.
In this following video we can see the two year transformation of a more stubborn man, who because of his doubts, took an extra long time to get the blessings of the Lord. They eventually came, but were surely delayed because of his incorrect preconceptions about answers to prayers, and how they may take place.
The Hope of God's Light
source for HD video: http://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages/the-hope-of-gods-light
When I was 16 I had a desire to experiment with prayer. The Book of Mormon prophet Alma spoke of faith and the development of it as growing a seed into a sprout, into a plant, into a tree. He taught of nourishing our faith like a plant needs nourishment and water. He encouraged us to try the experiment:
So we have this process. Read Alma's whole discourse here: Alma's FAITH Discourse
Alma compared it all to an experiment. IT IS! When I was 16 I experimented with prayer. People at church were teaching me that I could get answers to prayer, to pray to see if the Book of Mormon is true for instance, just ask God. I wanted to know and I was motivated to try these things. And so I went to wilderness places to find a place alone and pray, seek inspiration. Ask questions, wait patiently for answers. In my room alone as well. At the temple as well. In solitude and sacred places I would try these experiments with prayer until I felt more confident in how the Lord answers prayers by speaking to our minds and our hearts.
Doctrine and Covenants 8:2
Its about learning how to HEAR it. To FEEL it. To exercise faith and BELIEVE you will get this. I have found in the beginning that if I doubt at all or question what I am doing as I kneel in prayer, that answers to not come. I must truly let GO of all the doubt and just believe like a child would. Jesus meant that when He said we must become like humble little children, willing to submit to their father like little kids do.
3 Nephi 11:38
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