Today as I suffered from an intense migraine, I came across an app to help people meditate. I downloaded it because I have had a headache every day this week and difficulty sleeping. I figure it might be good to add to my scripture reading habit, a habit of “peace, be still.” Besides, what better thing to have during the thanksgiving season, than to take a moment (like 10 minutes) to just BE, and pay attention to the good that IS NOW. The app is called “Headspace”. Check it out.
I have learned over the past 2+ years how important it is for me to spend time each day feeding my spirit. It gives me strength to face challenges, it helps me to understand my trials better, it helps me to be more aware of my connection to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and feel promptings and guidance for the things they would have me do. Sometimes it even keeps me from doing stupid stuff (wonder of wonders).
(Read and Follow the Directions)
I find that as I spend daily time reading the Book of Mormon (I think this would apply also to the Bible, but I have felt it more specifically with the Book of Mormon) and thinking about how its words apply to me, I am more able to quickly recognize when I am hearing or reading something that is false – especially if the thing is teaching something that would put my testimony of Jesus Christ’s Gospel at risk. I feel promptings from the Holy Ghost that I am walking into spiritual quicksand and that I should not linger in a place where such peril lies.
I have found that I cannot ignore these promptings and cautions and then turn and expect to easily feel the comfort of of the same Holy Ghost when distress befalls me. We can’t pick and choose the benefits of the gift of the Holy Ghost. If I want the blessings of comfort and peace of mind, I also need to pay heed to the warnings and cautions that he gives me.
There is a personal lesson for you in Mary’s story. Each of you young men, young women, and children can have the same feelings she had. When you read the Book of Mormon and pray with a desire to know it is true, you too can receive the same impression in your heart that Mary received. You may also find that as you stand and bear witness of the Book of Mormon, you will feel the same spirit of confirmation. The Holy Ghost will speak to your heart. You can also feel this same spirit of confirmation when you hear others share their testimonies of the Book of Mormon. Each of these spiritual witnesses can lead to the Book of Mormon becoming the keystone of your testimony.