“The great plan of happiness revealed to prophets is the plan for a happy family.
It is the love story between husband and wife, parents and children, that renews itself through the ages” (Boyd K. Packer).

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Receiving Personal Revelation

Way back in October I had the privilege of going to Vacaville to hear Sister Julie Beck, Relief Society General President, speak to the women in our region.  She started her talk by inviting women to come up and share questions that they had for her.  It was interesting to note that every single person talked about a person challenge that they were dealing with and then wondered what to do about it.  Then Sister Beck spoke.  What she said was basically to do what you need to do to receive personal revelation.  THAT's where the answers will be found - from the Lord himself.

Yesterday as I was preparing my lesson on listening to the Holy Ghost, I found a talk by Sister Beck given in conference last April that was all about receiving inspiration from the Lord.  I wondered if when she was speaking to us in October she was thinking, "didn't anyone listen to what I was saying six months ago??"  Because she could have just given that talk all over again and sat down.  Or even just said - go read your May Ensign.

In the Conference talk she shares some wonderful thoughts.

**The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life.
**A revelation in the book of Joel states that in the last days, sons and daughters of God will prophesy and the Lord will pour out His Spirit upon His servants and His handmaids. 10 President Spencer W. Kimball echoed this prophecy when he said:
“Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world (in whom there is often such an inner sense of spirituality) will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world. …
“Thus it will be that female exemplars of the Church will be a significant force in both the numerical and spiritual growth of the Church in the last days.” 11 

**The Lord depends on His daughters to do their part to strengthen the homes of Zion and build His kingdom on the earth. As they seek and qualify for personal revelation, the Lord will pour out His Spirit upon His handmaids in these latter days.

It was good for me to read this because I have been needing to remember to seek this personal revelation and inspiration for myself. 

I've been reading a book by Sir Ken Robinson entitled "The Element".  It's all about finding your passion.  It made me feel like a complete loser as a home-school mom.  I feel like I'm failing so miserably in helping my children find and develop their talents.  Lately I've felt like school is boring, they're not learning anything.  They're just doing busy work to make me feel like we've accomplished something that day that somewhat resembles education.

One of the key problems I've been having is that I feel totally out of my comfort zone with my second and third children.  They learn so completely different from how I learn and teach.  They are physical, tactile kinesthetic people.  I am a bookworm.  I abhor mess.  Physical, tactile learning is usually messy.  We are different.  Knowing this didn't do much to make me feel better.

But after reading Sister Beck's talk I was reminded that the Lord sent these Spirits to our family - he's going to help me raise them. 

Talking to Josh also helped.  He reminded me that public school is no more suited to their learning styles than I feel I am.  With the added negative in that they won't even try to be suited to their learning styles - school would expect the children to conform to their teaching style.

These thoughts are giving me renewed hope and motivation to seek out, through the Lord's inspiration, ideas for how to best help my children learn.  I need to humble myself and learn to rely more on the Lord, and less on the internet.  This is something that will take more thinking about and working on, but acknowledging it is the first step.

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