Bishop Anderson explains the importance of identifying and listening to the Holy Ghost

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Mason Cole
Bishop Jared Anderson spoke at devotional on Oct. 23 at the Cannon Activities Center.


“Acting on spiritual promptings is acting on righteous instincts,” said Bishop Jared Anderson, senior enterprise systems developer, at a devotional on Oct. 23.

Amid the hundreds of students and community members reverently gathered, Bishop Anderson explained, “When we question the spirit we question divine intervention.

“The spirit whispers in a still small voice that is just that, still and small. It needs to be paid close attention to in order to be felt.”

He continued, “There will be promptings that push you outside of your comfort zone. Trust in Heavenly Father, the spirit, and yourselves. Show greater faith through courage.” Anderson illustrated this point by referencing the story of Nephi retrieving the brass plates from Laban, as written in First Nephi within the Book of Mormon.

“Nephi did not know why he was asked to do what he did, but he chose courage and was rewarded.” Nephi listened to the Holy Ghost and was obedient. This service to the Lord gave him happiness, related Anderson.

He further explained one of his favorite scriptures, Alma 29:9 which read, “I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.”

Happiness comes from being a servant in the hands of God and from nothing else, Anderson emphasized. The beginning hymn for the event was “Have I Done any Good Today,” furthering the theme of service to others, which in turn is service to the Lord.

The focus, said Anderson, should be to become aware of the spirit, to become “more finely tuned so the Lord can bless others through us,” making the analogy that people are like instruments that sound best when synchronized.

He listed a variety of different resources to become more “in-tune” with our spirituality, specifically citing the powers of fasting, service within the temple, serving in church callings, and repenting of past sins, among other methods.

Later in his talk, Anderson turned the talk to a personal anecdote to better relate his message. He discussed how nearly a decade ago his daughter, Anuhea, had been diagnosed with cancer and underwent chemotherapy treatment to combat it. While having knowledge of the plan and faith in God made a huge difference in their approach to the situation, the sickness was still a very painful process to get through.

There were times when he “couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep- it was even hard to breath.” One aspect that alleviated this pain, Anderson said, “God made our journey better by giving spiritual promptings.”

In response to Anderson’s sharing of experience, Mason Peterson, a junior studying biomedicine from Colorado said, “When you share your personal experiences, it allows your listener to feel the spirit and solidify the testimonies of others.”

Max Moncur, a senior studying finance from California, also considered what he learned from the event. “In times of need we must be prepared, or be spiritually in-tune, to be ready to serve the Lord and others in the capacity needed.”

Bishop Anderson said, “As we act on spiritual promptings, we are better able to recognize them.”


Date Published: 
Thursday, November 1, 2018
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Thursday, November 1, 2018