Monday, September 14, 2015

Keeping Our Living Water-Well Full

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have felt alarmed and worried of many once strong faithful people dying spiritually.

The Lord is hastening His work and.... so is Satan

Now is not the time to give in to internet intellectualism on gospel doctrine .

It is the time for humble sincere faith, of knocking, seeking, and finding by going to the correct sources.
I loved a talk given by Elder Russell M. Ballard given at Utah South Regional Conference on September 13, 2015 in which he compared our testimonies to that of a Sequoia Tree. 
Sequoia Trees
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Elder Ballard warned of practices and influences that could separate an individual from the Spirit. He shared a story about a grove of sequoia trees on the BYU campus. "Tall, resilient and able to resist damage from bugs, fungi and forest fires, it came as a surprise when one of the large sequoias on campus suddenly died last year. Surprisingly, an arborist found that the tree died from lack of water."

He continued, “To me this is a perfect analogy of what happens when stalwart Church members, the 'very elect,' who for all appearances seem to stand tall and erect in faith, die spiritually.”

"To keep members from spiritually dying from a lack of living water, we need to maintain essential, daily habits that “keep us rooted, grounded, and connected to Christ. These habits include daily prayer, fasting, studying the scriptures and the words of the living prophets, keeping the Sabbath day holy, partaking of the sacrament, worshiping in the temple often and reaching out to the needy, poor and lonely"

“When someone stops doing these simple but essential things,” Elder Ballard said, “they cut themselves from the 'well of living water' and allow Satan to muddle their thinking.”

 “Individuals who don't stay focused on the simple doctrine and gospel of Christ will eventually listen to false teachers and self-declared prophets and adopt worldly philosophies.”
Something to think about!!  Let's keep our living water well full!