Notes for talk on Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge
I am speaking on this topic on February 28th, 2010. I plan to jot down notes here, and if any of you have anything to add then feel free to chime in!
Specs from Bishopric member who gave the assignment:
Speaking - 20 minutes
November 1993 Elder Scott
Previous: D&C 11:12 - humility
Verily, verily, I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy; And then shall ye know, or by this shall you know, all things whatsoever you desire of me, which are pertaining unto things of righteousness, in faith believing in me that you shall receive.
Wonderful promise of the Lord. That through the Spirit, whatever we desire righteously, we shall receive.
The Desires of Our Hearts
By Elder Dallin H. Oaks
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
John 17:3 (http://scriptures.lds.org/en/john/17) - And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
D&C 130:18-19 (http://scriptures.lds.org/en/dc/130/18-19#18) - Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection. And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.
D&C 93:12-13, 28, 36 (http://scriptures.lds.org/en/dc/93) - grace to grace, knoweth all things, glory of God is intelligence
2 Timothy 3:7 - Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth
Moroni 10:3-5 - And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things
D&C 131:6 - It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance
3 Nephi 27:27 (http://scriptures.lds.org/en/3_ne/27) - What manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am
D&C 9:7-8 (http://scriptures.lds.org/en/dc/9/7-14#7) - Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me. But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.
1 Cor 2:11, 14 (http://scriptures.lds.org/en/1_cor/2) - For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
D&C 84:43-47 (http://scriptures.lds.org/en/dc/84) - And I now give unto you a commandment to beware concerning yourselves, to give diligent heed to the words of eternal life. For you shall live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God. For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light, and whatsoever is light is Spirit, even the Spirit of Jesus Christ. And the Spirit giveth light to every man that cometh into the world; and the Spirit enlighteneth every man through the world, that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit. And every one that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit cometh unto God, even the Father.
Ether 12:6 (http://scriptures.lds.org/en/ether/12) - And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.
Alma 32:27 (http://scriptures.lds.org/en/alma/32) - But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
Mosiah 3:19 -
2 Ne 9:29 - To be learned is good if we hearken to the counsels of God
You and Jacob:
Tree of knowledge of good and evil
Know > Do > Are
Search for principles
Light - bulb in dark room (ignorance, disbelief), bulb in black ink (transgression), laser (repentance)
Word -> seed
Keep a "spiritual" journal
Set spiritual goals
Milk vs. meat (need scripture)
You and Jacob:
Why do we want spiritual knowledge?
What is spiritual knowledge?
How do we acquire spiritual knowledge?
Desire/Seek the Word
Civil war - refusal to act on reconnaissance: Longstreet used disreputable spie system, Lee waited too long for Stuart
Bridge too far
Newborn having milk then soft foods then finger foods then table foods then corn then baby corn
Brother Macinanti's six shooters
Elder Scott's story of the humble Mexico City instructor and fancy teacher
Any ways to tie this topic to the Olympics?
Hard, continuous work. Years of training.
Know what to do, practice, becomes automatic.
Color: (funny or interesting stories to keep attention and that can act as lead-ins)
Staying up late, watching the Olympics (Ice dancing?)
Writing the talk using Google Wave