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Losing hope here!
By taintedlove
7/10/2011 6:25:23 PM
Its starting to get annoying. Im praying more, listening to gc talks, going to church (except today, not feeling well), and im doing better with my addiction.... its been 9 days.... but i have never NEVER felt the spirit. Whilst praying ive sat or layed and tried to "listen". I get nothing!

Im lost. I feel like nothing im doing is right. This proves how tainted i am. Even in the telestial kingdom the spirit is supposed to dwell or visit there.... am i doomed for outer darkness?

Im really questioning things right now!

What am I supposed to feel?

Comments:

grrrrr.    
"Have any of you been through this? I hear others feeling the spirit? Why the shabedeedah havent i. Ifeel like sitting at a desk and beating my head on it lol. Maybe just maybe id feel a little something.... fyi joke! Still i want to feel the spirit. I do. I shouldnt feel despair when i pray."
posted at 18:31:28 on July 10, 2011 by taintedlove
Read my blog    
"TaintedLove, you are not alone. Read my blog that is titled, "Spiritual Shrew Instead of Giant" (or something like that). SOOO many have the same challenges; including my husband. (((HUGS)))

http://www.ldsar.org/ViewBlog.aspx?EntryId=13165"
posted at 20:39:04 on July 10, 2011 by ConfidenceIn
problem is....    
"Ive never felt it i dont think..."
posted at 00:37:15 on July 11, 2011 by taintedlove
Tell your father in heaven that!    
"When I have doubted my ability to feel and hear the spirit, i have prayed that my Heavenly Father would send me the Spirit right then so that I might know how it felt. Tell him you want to know so that you will be able to follow his will for you but that you are confused and that you do not feel like you have ever had it. Pray specifically."
posted at 08:32:03 on July 11, 2011 by Hero
Recovery....    
"For me, recovery included so much more than prayer. While prayer is one of the MAIN ingredients, I found that I could not feel the spirit until I brought the cravings and lust under control. This came through working the steps, study and therapy. I've never doubted my HF's ability to heal me, but the scriptures tell us that we must do our part. When I was willing to be honest with loved ones, trust my HF and work the steps the gears started turning, and I started to feel the spirit again."
posted at 10:55:05 on July 11, 2011 by chefdalet
The difference! Chef!    
"You said you could feel the spirit again. T.Love feels like she has never felt the spirit. I agree we have to be engaged in our recovery. I believe from what T.Love has posted that she is trying with all she knows how right now. That is all that is required. That we do all we can do, and what is all for one is not necessarily all for another.

Just my opinion and experience."
posted at 16:35:16 on July 11, 2011 by Hero
hero    
"Is right. Its bot the fact thats ive lost the feel of the spirit... I dont believe ive ever felt it. And yes im seriously working on my actions. And seeking God. But i cant feel anything but frustration and despair!. Its annoying"
posted at 19:03:38 on July 11, 2011 by taintedlove
hero    
"Is right. Its bot the fact thats ive lost the feel of the spirit... I dont believe ive ever felt it. And yes im seriously working on my actions. And seeking God. But i cant feel anything but frustration and despair!. Its annoying"
posted at 19:09:33 on July 11, 2011 by taintedlove
Cast Satan out!    
"First things first! Tell old horny head to get the behind me Satan! Use you Saviors name. He won't leave easily. But if you use our masters name Satan has to leave. You have to have faith and a testimony of your Savior. Ask for a priesthood blessing to help you. You have powerful tools at your disposal if used righteously."
posted at 19:41:58 on July 11, 2011 by Hero
how I have been able to feel the spirit    
"2 ways that work for me..

1. Express gratitude to the Lord. I struggled identifying the spirit when I was younger. In fact I couldnt feel the spirit after praying about the book of mormon. It wasnt until I humbled myself and understood moroni 10:3 "... remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men... and ponder it in your hearts" As I pondered this wonderful planet we have to live on and this perfect biosphere - I started to feel gratitude towards a loving God. At that point, I was ready to feel the spirit. Then I asked and received an answer.

2. I have had success with praying with gratitude in my heart and humbly asking Heavenly Father " Are you there? do you know me? Do you love me?" What parent wouldnt answer a child if asked in humilty. It would break my heart if my child asked me in humility if I loved them.

Also remember that everyone feels the spirit a little differently. Gal 5:22.. " the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith. "

I personally don't receive a "burning in the bosum". I tend to feel at peace with the world and myself. I also tend to have more faith and less fear."
posted at 23:15:21 on July 11, 2011 by Hurtallover
Hurtallover,    
"I LOVED how you put it...

"I personally don't receive a "burning in the bosum". I tend to feel at peace with the world and myself. I also tend to have more faith and less fear"

That is exactly how it has been for me, taintedlove. I get a little annoyed when I hear so much how people are feeling the Spirit. Well, nice for you but I don't feel it so keep it to yourself! :P Isn't that sacred? Why not just keep it to yourself?

I began to recognize that once in awhile, during a tumultuous time in my life or a period of emotional pain, a feeling of peace would come over me. These experiences were very rare but I recognized it as God. We all feel God differently and some not at all. Some experience God through other people. Don't feel bad about it. I suspect the anti-depressants I take numb me out to certain spiritual feelings, too. I'm not about to stop taking them, though. I already know where that leads. Anyway, you're not alone."
posted at 23:25:50 on July 11, 2011 by Anonymous


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