Friday, February 1, 2013

Being God-taught 2

I have been thinking a lot lately about this idea of being God-taught. I wrote a post about it before, but I wanted to share my thoughts from recent experiences.

It is essential that in this life, we look to our loving Father in Heaven to guide and direct us. Sometimes I think of this as the Lord saying, "okay here is what is going to happen to you. Here is where you are going to go." I think it is much more than this. 

I have been thinking about my Heavenly Father as my teacher. I go to him in prayer and study my scriptures so that he can teach me how to do my best in this life and how to prepare for eternal life. 

Last night, at institute, we read this scripture:

Doctrine and Covenants 50:10-12

10. And now come, saith the Lord, by the Spirit, unto the elders of his church, and let us reason together that ye may understand;

11. Let us reason even as a man reasoneth one with another face to face
12. Now, when a man reasoneth he is understood of man, because he reasoneth as a man even so will I, the Lord, reason with you that you may understand.

When there are things we struggle with, the Lord will reason with us "even as a man reasoneth one with another face to face." He will teach us if we listen to him. He will show us the way to be happy.

Here is another scripture about being God taught that I really like:
2 Nephi 28:30
30. For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; blesses are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.

There are many times in my life when I have felt that the Lord has been working with me patiently to get me to understand something. Right now, He is teaching me to love people unconditionally. I have a lot more lessons to learn before I can reach this goal, but "line upon line, precept upon precept," I am coming to understand more.

The Lord knows how to do everything perfectly, so when we want to learn a skill or attribute for our lives, He will work with us to do things the way that He would do this, which is the best way. If we strive to apply what we learn, He will teach us more.

I am so grateful that the Lord loves me enough to patiently teach me to live my life on a higher level. As my first graders used to say in their school motto. "Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better and better, BELIEVE IT!" Aren't we all first graders in the Lord's eyes?

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