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January 6, 2021 - Increase In Purity

Refining our ability to recognize the whisperings of the Holy Ghost and increasing our capacity to receive revelation requires worthiness. Worthiness does not require perfection, but it requires that we strive for increased purity.
When we couple increased purity and obedience with fasting, diligent seeking, study of the scriptures and the words of living prophets, and temple and family history work, the heavens will open. The Lord, in turn, will fulfill His promise: 'I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind'

President Russell M. Nelson, "Grow into the Principle of Revelation", Liahona, January 2021

Over the past few years, it seems, that the world is vastly increasing in wickedness. And it will only increase more, but exponentially. It is a must to be prepared. Not just temporally, but spiritually as well, even more so than temporally.

It's difficult for me because I'm still somewhat sheltered from the wickedness. Kind of like going through life in a bubble. There is a bit getting through but not smashing me down. That sheltered life won't always be the case though. My faith and testimony will most certainly be tested. All of ours will. Maybe, for some reading this, it is already being tested.

I have definite anxiety about being ready.

But I shouldn't stress over being ready. If I have oil in my lamp, I will be fine. Maybe, I'm concerned that I don't have sufficient oil in my lamp and that's the source of my anxiety, not the happenings around me. Or, a bit of both.

In any case, I know that as long as I'm actively filling that lamp, I will have sufficient to make it to the next level, where I can begin the long, long, long process of becoming perfect. But, my priority right now, is making it to that next level, despite what happens around me.

If I am living worthy enough to have the spirit with me, then I am actively filling my lamp. As Elder Bednar says, if there is something keeping the spirit from me, stop doing that something. Then move on to the next something to work on.

A long, arduous process for sure, but worth it.

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