4.There is power in the Principle of Alignment. A captain of a ship in a storm was approached and asked if there was any danger. The tempest had been beating upon the vessel for days; she had be driven out of her course; the waves were rolling mountain high; the appearance of things was perilous, and the passengers were fearful. “Captain, is there danger?” asked one.
The captain smiled reassuringly, and replied, “Not one particle, so long as conditions remain as they now are. I have been down below; I have examined the machinery; every wheel is moving as it was ordained to move; every pin is in its place; every man is at his post; everything is working well, and as long as this continues, there is no danger whatever; but, he added, if a single wheel refused to move, if a single pin were out of place, if a man were to rebel and mutiny, there would be danger that we might all go to the bottom of the sea.”
So long as we serve God, and are one with each other the storms that come from without and spend their fury upon us, pass harmlessly over; they only have the effect of driving us together, and making us feel for one another, love one another, and strengthen one another. (Orson F. Whitney, Conference Report, April 1907, p. 113)
5.The Lord does not micromanage His servants. D&C 58:26-29 “For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.” 5.The Lord does not micromanage His servants. D&C 58:26-29 “For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.”
Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward. For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward. But he that doeth not anything until he is commanded, and receiveth a commandment with doubtful heart, and keepeth it with slothfulness, the same is damned.” But he that doeth not anything until he is commanded, and receiveth a commandment with doubtful heart, and keepeth it with slothfulness, the same is damned.”
6.He lets them do their own thing within reason.
7.If you want greater callings in the future, do your present assignment well. Luke 16:10-11 “He that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?”
8.One way to keep your eye single to the glory of God is to keep your eye single to the glory of your spouse.
9.Know the manual. If the spirit tells you to do something different, then at least you know when you are deviating. D&C 46:2 “But notwithstanding those things which are written, it always has been given to the elders of my church from the beginning, and ever shall be, to conduct all meetings as they are directed and guided by the Holy Spirit.”
10.We are to act and not to be acted upon. 2 Nephi 2:14 “for there is a God, and he hath created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon.”
11.Choose a path, and follow it. The Lord will not let us go too far astray. (Elder Richard G. Scott)
12.We are not stewards over people. We are stewards over earthly blessings. D&C 104:13. Parents, Bishops, etc. D&C 104:13 For it is expedient that I, the Lord, should make every man accountable, as a steward over earthly blessings, which I have made and prepared for my creatures.
13. When we try to follow the spirit and it doesn’t work, then as we approach the Lord, His answer may be “What did you learn?”
14.We appreciate the good more after we have experienced the bad. (we appreciate health most when we are sick, etc.) Moses 5:11 And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.
15.When we obey, even if our leaders are wrong, we will still be blessed. “It was not by prerogative to call him in question with regard to any act of his life. He was God’s servant, and not mine. He did not belong to the people but to the lord. And was doing the work of the Lord, and if he should suffer him to lead the people astray, it would be because they ought to be lead astray.” (Brigham Young on Joseph Smith, J.D PP 297-298)
“Some of us suppose that if we were called to a high office in the Church immediately we would be loyal, and would show the dedication necessary. We would step forward and valiantly commit ourselves to this service. But, you can put down in your little black book that if you will not be loyal in the small things you will not be loyal in the large things. If you will not respond to the so-called insignificant or menial tasks which need to be performed in they Church and kingdom,
there will be no opportunity for service in the so-called greater challenges. A man who says he will sustain the President of the Church or General Authorities, but cannot sustain his own bishop is deceiving himself. The man who will not sustain the bishop of his ward and the president of his stake will not sustain the President of the Church.” (Elder Boyd K Packer, to BYU, March 23 1965)
“I remember years ago when I was bishop I had President [Heber J.] Grant talk to our war. After the meeting, I drove him home... When we got to his home I got out of the car and went up on the porch with him. Standing by me, he put his arm over my shoulder and said: “My boy, you always keep your eye on the President of the Church, and if he ever tells you to do anything, and it is wrong, and you do it, then the Lord will bless you for it.” Then with a twinkle in his eye, he said, “But you don’t need to worry. The Lord will never let his mouthpiece lead the people astray.” (Elder Marion G Romney, CR October 1960 p.78)
16.“But if not…” principle. Will we be faithful even when the anticipated blessings don’t come when we want?
17.There is power in following “The Unwritten Order of Things”.
18.The Enabling Power of the Atonement allows us to do things that we would normally not be able to do.
19.It is most often by small and seemingly insignificant things that great things are brought to past.
20.The Lord sometimes answers “No!”, sometimes answers “Yes!”, and sometimes the answer is “How badly do you want to know?”.
21.The Lord often will consider consistent faithful service in small things as more valuable than great obedience in few things. (Wax on, wax off) (Push against the Rock!)
22.If we show gratitude for current blessings, we are most likely to receive additional blessings. D&C 59:7 “Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things.” D&C 59:21 “And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments.”
23.We show gratitude for things as we write them down in our journals.
24.By writing revelation received down, we are showing the Lord that we cherish and value the revelation He has given us, and will most likely continue to give us more.
26.The Lord doesn’t use a floodlight when a flashlight will do.
27.When we ask for wisdom, the Lord gives us problems, which when we overcome, gives us wisdom.
28.There are some things that are too sacred of a nature to reveal. The Lord will hold us responsible if we reveal them, and often will not give us more revelation if we will not hold it that sacred.
29.An impression to the mind is more specific, and an impression to the heart is more general. An impression to the heart, if followed, is fortified by a more specific instruction to the mind. (Elder Richard G. Scott)
30.When a student raises their hand to ask or answer a question, they signify to the Holy Spirit their willingness to learn. (Elder Scott)
31.We will not make a serious mistake without receiving a warning first (Elder Cecil O. Samuelson quoting President Packer)
32.Revelation comes to us in proportion to our preparation.
34.There are four “gifts” that help us know right from wrong: a.The Light of Christ—see B.D. b.The Power of the Holy Ghost c.The Gift of the Holy Ghost d.The Power of Discernment
35.Each comes to us because we are acting, and they come to an ever decreasing number of people. They each magnify what the one before can give. i.e. The first tells between black and white, while the next distinguishes shades, the next distinguishes shades of shades and the last distinguishes minute degrees. We tap into the ability to use these powers as we are obedient to the truth we have.
36.The power of discernment can not only tell an individual of thoughts of another, but also what to teach a certain person or persons.
37. The Law of the Harvest is: What you sow, you reap. The opposite of the Law of the Harvest is Satan’s plan of: Getting something for nothing. This is Satan’s plan. From the Pre-mortal life on this has been his plan.
38.The Law of Justice is: Keep a commandment and receive a blessing. Break a commandment and receive a penalty. The blessings will come in the Lord’s timetable. If they always came immediately, we may be obedient for the wrong reason. Also, the Lord knows when we need them them most.
39.Elder David A. Bednar’s definition of Pride: When something goes wrong, you find someone to blame. When something goes right, you accept the credit. His definition of Humility: When something goes wrong, you accept the blame. When something goes right, you give others the credit.
40. The 180 degree principle: If one is having a hard time with something, he/she should imagine the opposite and see if that would be better. i.e. A wife who struggles with her husband being gone frequently for church service should imagine him not active or involved with any church service. The 180 degree principle helps us gain perspective to our problems
41.Like a river, stay in the middle of the channel not too far to either side and you won’t get off course.
42.Elder Bednar quoted a scripture without citing the reference, and a student asked for the reference. Elder Bednar replied, as I recall, “If I tell you, you’ll never remember it. If you discover it for yourself, you’ll never forget it.”
43.You have got to want the consequences of what you want. (Elder David A. Bednar)
44.Being “Quick to Observe” is a prerequisite to and a preparation for the “Gift of Discernment.”
45.If you think you will never fall, you have just increased the chances that you might. If you think you could fall, you have just increased the chances you might not.
46.The Principle of Non-Distraction. For Deacons—it would be not to distract from the ordinance of the Sacrament, by not attracting attention to themselves by their appearance or demeanor. For a teacher it would be to not attract students as their disciples, but to point them to Christ. Priestcraft vs. Priesthood. “He must increase, but I must decrease.”