Sunday, November 20, 2011

Living a Consecrated Life

Every 6 months Mormons gather worldwide
to hear from the latter day prophets and apostles.
You may think that sounds crazy,
but trust me, if you were to peek in,
you would be astounded.
Astounded like you were at the feet
of Moses or Noah or Peter, James, or Paul.

For me, every time, the experience is life changing.
This last session in October was especially so.
I wrote down a list of personal questions
that I have been seeking God for answers about
and then I prayerfully listened 
for communication from God
through His messenger The Holy Ghost.

1-How can I know my purpose or mission in life?
2- How will having my own personal goals make me happier?
3-How can I become more physically/mentally healthier? To what level should I commit myself?
4-Why has it been so hard for me to find a job?
5-What about more kids? I want to be done and I want to know now.
6-How long should I wait to finish my education?
7-How can I get more disciplined and make living the gospel priority #1?
8-What do I need to change as a wife and a mother?

I got a whole composition book
of notes
on personal guidelines
for my life.

I hope to share some.

Ian S. Ardern gave a particularly helpful talk.
It was entitled A Time to Prepare

Listen to this:
Mastering the techniques needed to
reach our goals includes becoming
the master manager of our time.
Our greatest happiness comes as we tune into the Lord and to those things which bring a lasting reward....Take those things that rob us of our precious time and determine to be their master, rather than allowing them through their addictive nature to be the master of us.

He also said: "Grind distractions to dust."

This talk answered a whole slew of my questions.
From this talk I made myself some new goals
that would assist me in showing God
by the way I use my time
that He is my first priority.

1-Quit wasting time on the computer and looking for validation online.
2-Make a goal to run a 5k.
3-Pray and study every day.
4-Follow the promptings of the spirit on a daily basis.

I've been using my time much more wisely, and I feel a million times happier.
Living a consecrated life isn't a sacrifice, it's one of God's very best blessings.
He looks after each of us individually and speaks to us.
He knows what we need.
I have found that seeking out the Lord in my life
always leads to greater personal satisfaction.


Sharlene, Mom, Grammy said...

This post is beautifully expressed. So glad you found so many answers. I hope your new goals will bring you much happiness and contentment.

Danielle said...

I love this post. I too find that I am the happiest when I do those things that matter most first--scriptures, prayer, exercise, etc. When I make time for these things, everything else seems to fall in place better, and I find myself being much more productive and patient. I look forward to hearing how all of your goal making goes. :)