Short simple thought today:
I turned 5 in the mission today - meaning that I have been out for 5 months. This means for the last 5 months I have been trying to learn and progress to be fluent in Spanish.
I am now serving with an English-speaking companion and the challenges of the Spanish language seem to taunting me and tempting me to doubt. It may be something difficult - to teach and communicate with people in a language that we have very little experience in.
But we go out anyway. And we believe anyway. And we do it anyway.
by the power of the Holy Ghost.
Sometimes we enter a house and the language barrier can feel like a big pile of bricks - and that us trying to communicate is like trying to stick little written messages through the cracks or move these heavy bricks one at a time or even try to just peak around and see eye to eye.
But then we start teaching, and we start talking about eternal truths that our Heavenly Father has taught us and the Holy Ghost testifies in a way that these big awkward intrusive stones dissolve. For you see, the communication of the Holy Ghost doesnt submit to any barriers.
Truth is truth in any language. And when truth is proclaimed, the Holy Ghost attends.
I said that the Holy Ghost doesnt submit to any barriers and I stand by that - but there are some certain barriers that we fix within ourselves that deflect the Spirit from us.
I, of course, speak of sin.
As we sin, as we make wrong choices and seperate ourselves from the Lord, we can set up our own barriers with the Holy Ghost so that we can not feel its simple but powerful influence.
Many times, I believe that our ability to feel the Spirit is in direct relation to how much we desire to feel it.
And that desire, when strong enough, will drive us to make right choices in order to receive more light and truth from our loving Heavenly Father.
For all those who desire to feel of the testifying power of the Holy Ghost - will feel it.
Sometimes that desire requires the action of repentance.
Whatever action it takes, I am willing to do it to feel of that powerful influence in my life, to be the witness of miracles, and the receiver of truth.
For those seekers of intelligence and truth, it seems to me the only logical thing to pursue is how to have the Holy Ghost as a more constant companion in your life.
For those seekers of comfort and peace, it seems to me that the logical thing is to seek for ways to have the Holy Ghost be a more consistent power day by day.
For those seekers of progression and salvation, it seems to me that the logical thing is to take the necessary steps to invite the Holy Ghost to be more present in every moment.
Faith, repentance, baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost - to me - just seems like the only logical thing to do.
For I would do anything to continue to have the Holy Ghost with me - as I witness that it breaks down impossible tasks and barriers day after day.