Inspiration and power are the fruits of spirituality

Inspiration is to know the will of the Lord. Power is the capability to accomplish that inspired will. (See D&C 43:15-16.) Such power comes from God after we have done “all we can do.” (2 Ne. 25:23.)

Richard G. Scott, “The Plan for Happiness and Exaltation,” Ensign, Nov. 1981, 11

Spirituality yields two fruits. The first in inspiration to know what to do. The second is power, or the capacity to do it. These two capacities come together. That’s why Nephi could say, ‘I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded’ (1 Nephi 3:7). He knew the spiritual laws upon which inspiration and power are based. Yes, God answers prayer and gives us spiritual direction when we live obediently and exercise the required faith in Him.

Richard G. Scott,”To Acquire Spiritual Guidance,” Ensign, Nov. 2009, 7

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Then shall greater things be manifest

Reflecting on what I wrote yesterday, it is clear that growth in spiritual knowledge – knowing the mysteries, the “greater things,” – is conditioned not only on our heart, but also on the exercise of our faith in that which we have already received:

And when they shall have received this, which is expedient that they should have first, to try their faith, and if it shall so be that they shall believe these things

then shall the greater things be made manifest unto them.

And if it so be that they will not believe these things,

then shall the greater things be withheld from them, unto their condemnation. (3 Nephi 26: 9-10)

Jesus taught this principle in Matthew 13. He told the disciples, “it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven (see the prior post), but to them it is not given.” He spoke in parables so as to hide from those who had no faith the treasures of His gospel. To those who understood because their hearts were open, “to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.”

Put simply, the more you believe, the more you will know.

In many ways, the trial of our faith is whether or not we will heed the instructions and revelations we have received into order that we might continue to receive the Lord’s guidance and help for that which lies ahead.

Unlocking the Lord’s power in our lives

In discussing these principles with you today I have had one desire: that somehow in the mind and heart of each of us there might be generated, as though we were talking to ourselves, this sort of conviction: “I am truly and deeply loved of the Lord. He will do all in his power for my happiness. The key to unlock that power is in myself. While others will counsel, suggest, exhort, and urge, the Lord has given me the responsibility and the agency to make the basic decisions for my happiness and eternal progress. As I read and ponder the scriptures daily and with sincere faith earnestly seek my Father in prayer, peace will envelop my being. This, coupled with full obedience to the commandments of God and selfless service to and genuine concern for others, will purge fear from my heart and condition me to receive and to interpret the divine aid given to mark my path with clarity. No friend, bishop, stake president, or General Authority can do this for me. It is my divine right to do it for myself. I will be at peace; I will be happy; I will have a rewarding, productive, meaningful life.”

Elder Richard G. Scott, “Truth,” BYU Devotional, 13 June, 1978

Our burdens are not barriers; they help us practice virtues

I appreciated both the lessons and the similarities in these two quotes:

Challenge comes as testing from a wise, knowing Father to give experience, that we may be seasoned, mature, and grow in understanding and application of His truths. When you are worthy, a challenge becomes a contribution to growth, not a barrier to it.
Elder Richard G. Scott, “To Be Healed,” Ensign, May 1994, 7

Burdens provide opportunities to practice virtues that contribute to eventual perfection. They invite us to yield “to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and [put] off the natural man and [become] a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and [become] as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon [us], even as a child doth submit to his father.” Thus burdens become blessings, though often such blessings are well disguised and may require time, effort, and faith to accept and understand.
Elder L. Whitney Clayton, “That Your Burdens May Be Light,” October General Conference, 2009