1 Nephi 20:17
Follow His Chosen Leaders
3 Ne. 11:14
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For Our Spiritual Development and learning
“For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them, and writeth them for the learning and the profit of my children.
“Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard.”2
In addition, during past dispensations and in this last dispensation of the fulness of times, worthy members of the Lord’s Church have been blessed with the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, who aids in our spiritual development and learning.
...Ancient prophets taught this same principle, demonstrating that over time human nature has not changed and that the Lord’s pattern for learning is timeless. Consider this Old Testament proverb: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”11
Isaiah explained, speaking for the Lord, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”12
Nephi added another witness when he proclaimed, “O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever.”13
Faith and trust in the Lord require us to acknowledge that His wisdom is superior to our own. We must also acknowledge that His plan provides the greatest potential for spiritual development and learning.
...Nephi’s example of seeking knowledge included (1) a sincere desire, (2) humility, (3) prayer, (4) trust in the prophet, and an exercise of (5) faith, (6) diligence, and (7) obedience. This method of seeking is in great contrast to my “prying at the plates,” or trying to force an understanding of things meant to be revealed according to the Lord’s timetable and through the power of the Holy Ghost.
We learn as we are taught by the Spirit. Without it we cannot understand the things God would reveal to us. He has sent us prophets and leaders who are under His direction to help us learn the things that will benefit us. We would be wise to study all the scriptures and especially our modern day prophets who have been sent to us in our time to teach us according to the Lord's will and who are accompanied by the Spirit. We would do well to recognize the Spirit and to be humble and obedient.
2-The Spirit of God Like a Fire is Burning
160 The Still Small Voice
177-Teach Me To Walk In the Light