Thursday, May 1, 2014

Feeling the Spirit

In the New Testament, there are four books called “The Gospels.” These books are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. All of them give an account of Jesus Christ’s life, his teachings, and their testimonies of Him. Each author describes Christ’s life differently, but they all work together in harmony to form a complete gospel and witness of the Savior Jesus Christ.

Everyone feels and interprets the Spirit differently. This is evident in the writings of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  They wrote their own personal thoughts, feelings, and experiences as they followed the Savior. Although some of their writings are similar, their accounts are unique. All of these apostles were present when Christ gave his Sermon on the Mount and performed miracles. They all heard and saw the same things, but each of them may have gotten something different out the message, which is why their writings are not the same. Just as for this assignment, we all read the same article, but have written different responses to it. I learned about the Spirit, while another student may not have received this same inspiration. This is a true testimony that the Spirit is the ultimate teacher. He knows exactly what we need to hear and when we need to hear it.

In the October 2013 General Conference when President Monson lowered the mission age, I felt the Spirit testify to me that I needed to serve a full time mission. There were a lot of young men and women who received the same answer, but some did not. A close friend of mine received the answer that she was not supposed to serve a mission, but was to do missionary work for the dead in the temple. We received different answers from the same message, but the answers were specifically meant for us. I know that the Spirit is real, that He testifies truth, and that the promptings and answers we receive are personal and especially for ourselves.   

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