This past Wednesday, President Russell M. Nelson released a new video in preparation for the bicentennial anniversary of the First Vision, which will be the focal point and emphasis of this spring’s General Conference. You can view our full coverage of the video here on LDS Daily.
In the video, President Nelson discusses the significance of the statement “Hear Him” that appears throughout many poignant moments not only in Church history but in religious history as a whole. President Nelson emphasizes that during this day in age in which we live, He is asking each of us to hear His Son, Jesus Christ. In a world with so many distractions and influences demanding our attention, we can easily get lost in the noise and our ability to “Hear Him” can become diminished. President Nelson urged all of us to consider ways in which we “Hear Him” and in preparation for this coming General Conference, to begin implementing those behaviors to strengthen our connection with our loving Father in Heaven. Although we all hear the voice of the Lord in our own individual ways, here are some ideas and thoughts on ways that we can “Hear Him” and follow the admonition of President Nelson.
Daily Scripture Study
“Going to the scriptures to learn what to do can make all the difference. When I have come to a crisis in my life, I have gone to the scriptures looking for specific help. The Lord seemed to anticipate all of my problems and needs, and He put help in the scriptures–if only I seek it.” Henry B. Eyring
One of the best ways we can better understand our Father in Heaven and His Son Jesus Christ is by studying the words of His prophets. Through our daily scripture study, we are better able to strengthen that connection with Him, and we can feel better spiritual receptivity as we seek to “Hear Him.”
“We are taught that Heavenly Father knows and loves each of us His children. As one of His precious daughters, you have access to His assurance and guidance through the power of prayer.” Ann M. Dibb
There’s no denying the fact that our Father in Heaven wants to hear from us. We have heard many times throughout the scriptures and from Apostles and Prophets that our Father in Heaven has given us the gift of prayer so we can have a very personal relationship with Him. As we pray sincerely, and seek to sincerely open our hearts to Him in prayer, we can better “Hear Him” in every aspect of our life.
Attending the Temple and Performing Family History Work
“If you are unhappy, if you are feeling weary, troubled, or disillusioned, may I ask you to try something? Instead of dwelling on your troubles, focus instead on creating something remarkable, something of eternal significance. Nurture a testimony, strengthen a relationship, write a family history, go to the temple, serve.” Mary Ellen Smoot
We are so blessed to live in a time when temples quite literally dot the Earth. Especially with those of us who live within the United States, we have access to beautiful temples that allow us to feel of the Lord’s love, and perform sacred and saving ordinances for those that have passed on. Spending time in the Lord’s house invites His Spirit to more fully enter our lives, and remind us of the eternal nature of all things, strengthening our connection with our loving Father in Heaven.
“We must live as true followers of the Christ, with charity toward all, returning good for evil, teaching by example the ways of the Lord, and accomplishing the vast service He has outlined for us.” Gordon B. Hinckley
Because of our divine lineage, there is something within us that lights up when we serve one another. Showing kindness to others, offering a helping hand, and seeking to be kind individuals invites the Spirit to more fully enter our lives, and increases our ability to “Hear Him” and feel of the Lord’s love more fully in our lives.
With these ideas and many more, as we prepare for the bicentennial anniversary of the First Vision, we can strengthen and deepen our relationship with our Father in Heaven, and will we be able to more clearly “Hear Him” in our daily lives. What are some ways you are trying to take President Nelson’s challenge, and #HearHim?
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Devin is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he studied English and Business Management. He is a writer, photographer, movie-fanatic, and a lover of street tacos. He served his mission in Tokyo, Japan.