Monday, June 8, 2015

Neil L. Andersen on spiritual home storage

Elder Neil L. Andersen (1951- ) served as a Seventy beginning in 1993, and was called to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in 2009 (the most recent member called).
"While there are many experiences like the one we are having today, full of spiritual power and confirmation, there are also days when we feel inadequate and unprepared, when doubt and confusion enter our spirits, when we have difficulty finding our spiritual footing. Part of our victory as disciples of Christ is what we do when these feelings come....
"Brothers and sisters, we each have moments of spiritual power, moments of inspiration and revelation. We must sink them deep into the chambers of our souls. As we do, we prepare our spiritual home storage for moments of personal difficulty. Jesus said, 'Settle this in your hearts, that ye will do the things which I shall teach, and command you' (Luke 14:28, JST)....
"Challenges, difficulties, questions, doubts—these are part of our mortality. But we are not alone. As disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have enormous spiritual reservoirs of light and truth available to us. Fear and faith cannot coexist in our hearts at the same time. In our days of difficulty, we choose the road of faith. Jesus said, 'Be not afraid, only believe' (Mark 5:36).
"Through the years we take these important spiritual steps over and over again. We begin to see that 'he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day' (D&C 50:24). Our questions and doubts are resolved or become less concerning to us. Our faith becomes simple and pure. We come to know what we already knew."
- Neil L. Andersen, "You Know Enough," Ensign, Nov. 2008, pp. 13-14
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Elder Andersen introduces a useful analogy: the idea of "spiritual home storage" when we attempt to "stockpile" the strength that comes from our personal moments of inspiration.

Elder Andersen's witness is that "As disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have enormous spiritual reservoirs of light and truth available to us." The lesson is to draw from those reservoirs in order to create our own "stores" from which to draw in times of need when we encounter "challenges, difficulties, questions, doubts." Wise advice.

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