Third Habit of Love, Truth

Dear Missionary
For the past three weeks I’ve been making daily trips to the hospital to visit my husband.  He has been ill with pneumonia and other complications.  During his stay he was able to catch up on his alien and bigfoot shows on television.  He loves to think about things that are possible -things we don’t have much evidence of or can see with our naked eye. It’s amazing to think there is something out there that’s big and real and there are creations and living life -outside our world - outside our reach and above our comprehension. 

The third habit of love is truth.  As a missionary you are seeking out those who are ready to learn and accept the truth.  You and I know the truth, which is…  Who we are, Why we are here, and Where we are going.  There are many people around us that want to know the truth.  They want to know who they really are – where they fit in –in this world, and what’s going to happen to them after they die.

What is truth?  The opposite of truth is deception.  Lying.  Misleading information.  In your missionary attempt to teach the gospel and preach the truth there is one who will be there to block your efforts.  Satan will do anything and everything to prevent Gods children from knowing Him.  You might come across someone seeking the true church and they will find it and want it and believe it but because of their lifestyle or bad habits they are not willing to give up their “sins” in order to have the peace that the gospel brings.

A missionary’s job is not to change anyone or get them to give up what is holding them back –that’s the Holy Ghosts job!  Your job is to be a light in the darkness.  How do you do that?  We know that we are just a conduit for the spirit.  When we are full of peace and contentment - when our hands and hearts are pure – when our thoughts have moved from selfishness to giving – when we accept others and love them for who they are – when we give God the glory and the credit – that’s when the spirit is teachable.

In the Merriam Webster dictionary - truth is defined as sincerity of action, character and utterance.  It’s also described as fidelity to a standard or consistency.   What an honor it is to be called Sister and Elder and to bring the world HIS truth.  I pray that you are feeling His spirit and sharing it with others.  I am grateful for this gospel of Christ and the teachings that have stretched me and helped me grow and become more like our Heavenly Father.

Quotes on the Holy Ghost and revelation Lesson 6 D+C teachers manual

The Holy Ghost communicates thoughts to our minds and feelings in our hearts.
The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead.

He is a revelator who teaches, comforts, warns, strengthens, and guides us.

He uses a still, small voice to communicate to our minds

Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve taught: “These delicate, refined spiritual communications are not seen with our eyes nor heard with our ears. And even though it is described as a voice, it is a voice that one feels more than one hears” (That All May Be Edified [1982], 335)

Gaining a testimony is not an event but a process

The Spirit can enlighten our minds with new ideas or insights, flashes of inspiration, and strong feelings or impressions (see, for example, D&C 128:1). The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that revelation may come as “sudden strokes of ideas” that flow into our minds as “pure intelligence” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 151).

 He brings peace to our minds

 He may cause a burning in the bosom

President Boyd K. Packer explained: “This burning in the bosom is not purely a physical sensation. It is more like a warm light shining within your being” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1994, 77; or Ensign, Nov. 1994, 60).
We usually receive revelation in accordance with our preparation to receive it. As we become more prepared, more is revealed to us.

Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve taught:  “When we seek inspiration to help make decisions, the Lord gives gentle promptings. These require us to think, to exercise faith, to work, to struggle at times, and to act. Seldom does the whole answer to a decisively important matter or complex problem come all at once. More often, it comes a piece at a time, without the end in sight” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1989, 40; or Ensign, Nov. 1989, 32).

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