by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
(This article comes from a new missionary website. Please visit www.gospelideals.org)
God is the eternal Heavenly Father of our spirits, and He has sent us to earth to gain physical bodies and to help us grow in wisdom and faith as we strive to do His will and grow closer to Him. While receiving our bodies is, generally the easy part of God’s plan, the growing and striving is often difficult, especially because we have forgotten our lives before we came to this earth. The good news is Heavenly Father has not left us alone in our journey. He has blessed us with the scriptures, the words of ancient and modern prophets, and with the ability to communicate with Him through prayer and the influence of the Holy Ghost.
“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” (John 14:8)
In biblical times, Moses communicated with Godthrough a burning bush at the top of a holy mountain. Isaac’s son, Joseph,received truths from God through his dreams. And Paul, on his way to Damascus, heard Christ’s voice from heaven asking him why he was persecuting the saints. While these notable experiences with God greatly blessed and changed these men’s lives, the greatest gift each received was the quiet witness of the Holy Ghost that spoke to their spirits in ways that both strengthened and enlightened them. If it were not so, Moses could not have nurtured and led the Israelites in the wilderness for so many years, Joseph would not have had the peace and wisdom that can only come from God as he suffered pain, ignominy, and deprivation at the hands of wicked people, and Paul would not have been able to both stand against his opposition and to continue to preach Christ’s words in spite of persecution.
Men and women also experience God through the Holy Ghost in modern times. Most notably, when Joseph Smith was fourteen years old, he saw and spoke with God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, after praying to know which church he should join. This wonderful experience with God initiated the restoration of the fullness of Jesus Christ’s gospel. But just as those early prophets did, Joseph Smith continued to serve God and to communicate with Him in prayer throughout the remainder of his days.
I, too, have experienced God through prayer and through the influence of the Holy Ghost. Some of those experiences have been miracles, such as the time when I, overwhelmingly burdened by bitterness and anger, cried out to God for help and immediately had that burden lifted so I literally could not feel it any longer. I knew thenand nowthat Christ was carrying my burden for me while I worked through that trial.
But that miracle has not been my only experience with Him. I have heard and felt His voice inside my heart reveal answers to my prayers, direct me to serve others in specific ways, and to see His ever-present hand in my life. I also daily feel His influence as I study the scriptures, pray to Him, and seek to do His will. That unspeakable blessing guides my life, comforts me when trials come, and makes me hunger and thirst after His righteousness.
God loves us. I know this. And I know He will and does communicate with us when we seek Him. We can experience God in our lives.
“For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round.” (1 Nephi 10:9)
About “What Mormons Believe”
Did you know that media leads have become one the largest sources of missionary contacts? Do you want to become an Internet missionary? Gospel Ideals International and Meridian Magazine have teamed up to publish “What Mormons Believe” each week. We have a team of volunteer LDS writers who lend their talents to write articles on gospel subjects. When Internet searchers read one of our articles and choose to learn more, we point them to Mormon.org. Every week, “What Mormons Believe” features a missionary article from an LDS writer and lists other articles that we have recently published. For example, this week we published these articles:
Collectively, these articles will form a huge library of gospel subjects to introduce people to the Church. Please visit our site: www.gospelideals.org. Take a look at “Mormon Beliefs and FAQ” and the ARTICLES sections. Here are some ways you can be an Internet missionary:
- Subscribe www.gospelideals.org
- Email www.gospelideals.org
- Use Google+
- Non-members. If you have a non-member friend, send them an article that would help answer their question.
- Write. If you have writing or editing skills (or other talents), contact our managing editor, Tristi Pinkston: firstname.lastname@example.org
Become part of the Internet missionary movement!
Larry Barkdull, president
About the Author
was raised in Rexburg, Idaho. She studied writing at Ricks College, Weber State University, and Utah State University and now travels with her husband throughout the United States and Europe in search of fascinating settings and intriguing characters. She is the author of , and The Heroes of the Highest Order early reader series. She is an author for Gospel Ideals. Visit Ronda’s site .