Monday, July 29, 2013

A letter from Elder Ferguson to my Brother Tom (his uncle)

Letter From Ryan's Uncle Tom- 
We were reading in 1st Nephi today as a family and were reading about Nephi being led by the spirit. I noticed for the first time a couple of things that I hadn't before. The first being that when Nephi was trying to talk to his brothers about going back to Laban again he said 

2 Therefore let us go up; let us be strong like unto Moses; for he truly spake unto the waters of the Red Sea and they divided hither and thither, and our fathers came through, out of captivity, on dry ground, and the armies of Pharaoh did follow and were drowned in the waters of the Red Sea. (1 Nephi 4:2)

I started to think about the phrase, let us be strong. And how was Moses strong?  His words were strong. When Jesus spoke the winds and the waves obeyed. It was his words that they obeyed. The strength of our words is important. As you speak to your investigators you know you can bring the spirit or push it away by he words you choose to use. Also know that The Lord will give you what to say when you need to say it. 

The second thing is after Nephi says he was led by e spirit not knowing beforehand the things he should do. He goes on to say. 

7 Nevertheless I went forth, (1 Nephi 4:7)

When its right to do something if the spirit tells you what to do you do it no matter the consequences. Think how your life would be different had your parents not followed the spirit multiple times.  

Well, work hard, have fun, and be obedient. 

Love you,
Uncle Tom
Reply to the letter from Ryan:

Thanks, that's great advice. We spent a lot of time talking about that in the MTC. They say that one of the best ways to receive guidance from the spirit is to be obedient. In the MTC we actually gave a lot of priesthood blessings in my district, and one of the other Elders said that while he was giving one, he left out one word he felt he was supposed to say, and he sort of got cut off. I'm really starting to appreciate how we need to follow ALL of the promtings of the spirit, as quickly as we can, as best as we can.
           Elder Ferguson

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