Grateful to God
By sjanderson1
7/10/2015 2:13:30 PM
I am grateful for my sobriety, and the changes that have taken place in my life in the last two nearly three weeks. I am feeling better in a lot of ways. There is a part of me that still wants to wreck things and wreak havoc etc.

The question I have is in regards to this weeks lesson from President Benson. I was reading the lesson and it talked about the Spirit telling you in your feelings what you should do (not an exact quote). That being said I don't trust my feelings and as a result I find myself second guessing, is this the Spirit etc. Now I have gotten over mostly the obstacle of "was this inspired of God" or not. Meaning that I don't care as much if God told me to do something nice or if I thought of it ... I used to get hung up on that issue. My problem is that I am facing a difficult situation with my wife. She wants (at least on the outside) to sell our house and move away. The problem that I have is that I don't have another job, have no prospects and have been looking for other developments for over a year. I understand we are supposed to make decisions together, to seek God's will etc so I understand that in a lot of ways the Spirit is not able to be in our lives because there is some contention at times. That being said when there isn't contention even, I don't know what to do. The only thing I fall back on is I have a job today, a home today and I can do the next right thing which is try to provide something for my family. I wanted to have a different career, something with more rewarding challenges etc, but at nearly 40 and with not a lot of prospects I have had to resign myself to what I DO have, which is a great deal, a great supportive job and a safe country to live in. I guess what I am trying to express is my concern about trusting my feelings .. as a compulsive broken person. Anyway I guess what I am looking for is validation and for insight if anyone has it on how to deal with receiving revelation and being a person with challenges.


"When it comes to your feelings and discernment, there is something important to remember that is best expressed by Elder George Q. Cannon. He probably is the most quoted GA regarding discernment.

“I noticed when I was very young in the Church, that men who were greatly gifted of the Lord and had many manifestations, were the men who apostatized; with the exception of the Prophet Joseph Smith, nearly everyone was overthrown. I suppose the reason of it was that they were lifted up in pride and allowed the adversary to take advantage of them. I would like well enough to see these gifts and blessings multiplied among us and upon us, that as a people we should have dreams and visions and manifestations of the Spirit; but there is one thing that we have all got to be very careful about, and that is this: I have seen Elders in my experience that when they got their own spirit moved very much they imagined that it was the Spirit of God, and it was difficult in some instances to tell the difference between the suggestions of their own spirit and the voice of the spirit of God. This is a gift of itself, to be able to distinguish that which suggests itself to our own hearts and that which comes from God. And we are misled sometimes by our own feeling, because of our inability to distinguish between the voice of the Spirit of God and the suggestions of our own spirit.” (JD 22:104)

The problem you might have is that your own background and pride might make you misread what you are actually feeling. I don’t know your background, but from the addicts I’ve talked to and worked with, this is a serious problem. Our own world experience and secular education can make us look to the arm of the flesh for answers.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. (Isaiah 55:8)"
posted at 08:47:56 on July 11, 2015 by Anonymous
"It's great to see that you're doing well and feeling better. David Bednar recently did a face to face broadcast with his wife for the youth. I'm sure you can still find the replay on Anyway this isn't an exact quote either but he said, it doesn't matter if the voice you hear is you mothers telling you not to do something or to do something. ALL good things come from God. Another talk I just read : Hopefully that helps. My husband seems to struggle with the same thing. We send each other talks to listen to daily, and this is one I sent him for today. As for me, I feel really blessed because I love my communion with God and his willingness to reply. He is so personal and kind. Things that I do to strengthen my communication with Heavenly Father are, trying to act upon every prompting I get. I think when we do this he trusts us more. Did you think to pray? Yes, every time I even think of prayer I say one. At times it's quick and simple but I try making Heavenly Father a part of my day as much as possible. Just do your best. It's good enough!"
posted at 12:21:45 on July 21, 2015 by Humbled32
Peace and assurance    
"Hey Anderson,

This is my .02...when it comes to big changes like you are talking about is that the Lord always let's you know FOR SURE. Most especially you will have peace when you have your answer.

The answer doesn't always make sense to your logical mind but it does make sense to your emotional/spiritual mind.

I guess what I am saying is that if you don't feel peace and assurance about a change then I wouldn't make that change."
posted at 14:17:52 on July 21, 2015 by maddy

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"Freedom from your transgression will come through sincere faith, true repentance, willing obedience, and the giving of self. Why the giving of self? Because selfishness is at the root of your problem. Where selfishness and transgression flourish, the Spirit of the Lord can’t enter your life to bless you. To succeed, you must conquer your selfishness. When your beacon is focused on self, it does little more than blind your vision. When turned outward through acts of kindness and love, it will light your path to happiness and peace. "

— Richard G. Scott

General Conference May 1990