This one is very late this week. It’s been a busy, stressful week.
We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
I think I’ve gained an increased testimony of priesthood authority over the last few months. I’ve challenged myself to use the priesthood more openly and courageously. One of the biggest changes I’ve seen is that ideas will often come into my head during lessons at church or gospel discussions, and I’ll feel a distinct impression to share them. At first, I ignored them. I noticed an immediate negative affect in both my ability to recognize the spirit and my ability to receive those impressions. When I started to share them, I saw the reverse.
I look over the past month of doing these posts, and I’m noticing that very little of what I actually write about has a strong connection to the Article of Faith I’m discussing. At the same time, though, I do feel that what has been written was a direct result of following the impression to memorize the Articles of Faith and, in part at least, is a continuation of the impression to be more open and courageous with my faith.
I do believe in inspired leadership and, moreover, I do believe that God inspires leaders. The concepts are distinctly different in their ability to affect my personal testimony of Christ, His Gospel, and the Church.
On a somewhat unrelated note, another benefit that I’ve seen of being more open and courageous is that the Lord grants those who want to know and do with an increased ability to teach and respond to other people. I was speaking with a friend on the topic of teaching, and he said that he can always tell when someone is teaching with the spirit because they strive not to lay down laws and principles but to bear testimony of laws and principles in a way that allows the person being taught to gain their own testimony. As Doctrine and Covenants 50 teaches us, teaching by the spirit edifies both the teacher and the student.
That is how Christ taught, it is how modern-day prophets teach, and it is how we should teach.