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November 6, 2020 - Shhh, Listen Carefully

Pray in the name of Jesus Christ about your concerns, your fears, your weaknesses—yes, the very longings of your heart. And then listen! Write the thoughts that come to your mind. Record your feelings and follow through with actions that you are prompted to take. As you repeat this process day after day, month after month, year after year, you will grow into the principle of revelation.

President Russell M. Nelson, "Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives", General Conference, April 2018

This talk is one of my favorites. This is the talk where he says that we will not spiritually survive in the coming days without personal revelation.

Is the Lord just going to guide us or give us direction without any action on our part? Maybe. That depends on many things, one of which is our family, our stewardship. But most of the time He is waiting for us to put the work in and simply "ask" Him.

I need to work on paying attention to the things the Lord is telling me. He is speaking but most of the time I'm not listening. I need to work on that. I need to focus on that not just everyday but many times during the day.

I have a notebook on my phone through Evernote called Impressions. When I feel or hear something, no matter how minute, and no matter if I think those thoughts are my own or the Lord speaking to me, I stop what I'm doing and record it. I can use voice dictation to record it too. Takes me a few seconds. Then, later, I go back and review my notes. That not only helps me to remember my impressions but it is also helping me to focus a little more.

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