This same spirit


I learned a lot this weekend about how the Spirit works, or at least how I should watch for the Spirit talking to me. It came through a conversation, a decision, and a blessing, but it also came from D&C 8:2-3:

Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.

Now, behold, this is the spirit of revelation; behold, this is the spirit by which Moses brought the children of Israel through the Red Sea on dry ground.

What makes us know that some idea is from God, or is pleasing to God, is when it feels right in both our minds and in our hearts. That is the great test. I had never, ever seen it so clearly as I did this weekend.

But that is exactly how it feels when we make a big family decision. We talk and talk and talk until one pathway seems to make the most sense. Then we talk about its weakness. Once we’ve decided it makes the most sense to both of us, and also that it feels fine (we have no lingering warning feelings), we pray about it together. During that prayer, the Spirit speaks peace to us and our hearts are united since we both felt the same Spirit.

The process of a group decision is being willing to talk and pray and talk and talk until minds and hearts are united. That makes so much sense!

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