#19 How can you tell if it is your own idea or a prompting from the Spirit?


The question I am asked most often is, “how can I tell if it is the Spirit or my own thoughts?” In this episode I share the answer the Lord has given me for this very question. I love the quote by Elder Holland “May you be vigilant in tending the flock of God.” If you want to serve God’s children He will help you and use for good. May each of you know that Christ will lift and support you is my prayer.


“Be anxiously engaged in a good cause” (D&C 58:27)

“if you desire, you shall be the means of doing much good in this generation.” D&C 11:8

Let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed. (D&C 123:17)

“Must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place [we] shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate [our] performance unto [our good]” (2 Nephi 32:9)

The voice is not necessarily audible. The spirit of revelation comes by divine confirmation. “I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart” (D&C 8:2).

“You recognize the promptings of the Spirit by the fruits of the Spirit—that which enlighteneth, that which buildeth up, that which is positive and affirmative and uplifting and leads us to better thoughts and better words and better deeds is of the Spirit of God.” President Hinckley


Elder Hollands talk – Cast not away your confidence (one of my FAVORITES)


Agency or Inspiration by Elder Mcconkie 


Elder Packer Personal Revelation 


President Faust – Personal Epiphanies

We believe the Spirit of God can come to all men and women. This is in distinction to the gift of the Holy Ghost. Administrations of the Holy Ghost are limited without receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that “there is a difference between the Holy Ghost and the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Teachings, p. 199).

Many outside the Church have received revelation from the Holy Ghost, convincing them of the truth of the gospel. It is through this power that sincere investigators after the truth acquire a testimony of the Book of Mormon and the principles of the gospel before baptism.


Spiritual Experiences BYU Talk 

Not long ago I was conversing with one of my married daughters. We were talking about a spiritual experience given to one of our forebears and she said to me, “How is it that the pioneers seemed to have so many spiritual experiences and we have so few? Shouldn’t we have the same kind of experiences they had?”

Perhaps you’ve puzzled over the same kind of question. Most of us do at some time or another in our lives. This morning I want to bear witness to the reality, the availability, and the purpose and place of spiritual experience in our lives. I do this with the aim of strengthening others and myself, and for no other purpose.


From the talk – Living Right Now

We do understand neither waiting to be told all things nor doing everything on our own leads to happiness. Those who wait for absolute inspiration find themselves paralyzed, sometimes susceptible to deception from uninspired sources. Those who never seek Heavenly Father’s inspiration sometimes get what they thought they wanted. You know the expression: “Be careful what you ask for.

As we make our best choices and follow guiding promptings in a consistent effort to live right now, we unlock the Lord’s promises in our lives.

Human choices are inevitably incomplete and incorrect, and they often have unintended, or even sometimes destructive consequences.


Interesting BYU Talk Discernment for the Journeying from Babylon to Athens to Zion

on in order to build to Zion we need to turn away from the world and serve each other.

That begs the key question: How can we establish Zion while dwelling in Babylon? We can do it, in effect, by sanctifying the nooks and crannies of Babylon that are nearest to us—our own bodies and minds, our families and homes, our wards and neighborhoods.


Elder Bednar the Spirit of Revelation 




Bill Hart – Shoulder Taps from God


Nas Daily – 4 People who changed their lives


Becky Edwards – Why it matters to Follow Promptings



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