Published: Sunday, April 23 2016; 6:25 p.m. DMT
Therefore the lifting of either temporal or spiritual weights, is absolutely necessary to becoming strong and healthy, vivifying both the body and the spirit. All of us need to understand that the rules and laws are pretty much the same for both the body and for the spirit. Yet, far too many neither understand the spiritual or inner man, nor if they do, do not at all spiritually exercise it. Therefore they are left with either a spiritual weakness, and or, their spiritual man is covered with a thick black, darkness, closing it off. Therefore they then become foolish, thinking themselves to be wise. God Forbid. Yet the Lord can awaken His sleeping children through is mercy and grace to give them a jumpstart, and thereby lifting us up again on to the train. Yet we must fully awake and respond.
Once when I was doing really well in living the gospel, and making sure that I was teaching my children the precepts taught to us my our prophets, I looked to my God for His aid and for His assistance. Yea, I was befuddled, for my son, a teenager at the time, was showing a few signs of disrespecting authority, yet, there was more, and I was uncertain how to wrap my mind around it, therefore I could not put words to it. I therefore went to the Lord with extreme confidence and said
“Father I don’t know what really is going on with our son, yet, something is not right and I have no idea either how to explain it, or what to do. I have been strictly obedient in following thine counsel through thy prophet concerning dating standards, dress and other counsel, and now I need thy help.”
D&C 101:7 – 9
They were slow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; therefore, the Lord their God is slow to hearken unto their prayers, to answer them in the day of their trouble. In the day of their peace they esteemed lightly my counsel; but, in the day oftheir trouble, of necessity they feel after me. Verily I say unto you, notwithstanding their sins, my bowels are filled with compassion towards them. I will not utterly cast them off; and in the day of wrath I will remember mercy.
DC 121 45 Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.