If you had a chance to sit and talk to God one-on-one uninterrupted, what would you ask Him? What would you want to talk about?
Several recent chats with some church members have indicated some desired conversations with God. For example: I miss my loved ones. How are they doing in the Spirit World? And, why am I afflicted with this health problem again? And, I’m worried about making the wrong decision at a critical juncture of my life, what should I do? And, do I have to settle? And, does it really matter if I keep this covenant?
As I’ve gone teaching with the missionaries, I hear some different questions to start a conversation with God. Was there really a life before this one? Am I a child of God? Why is priesthood authority so important? What is the nature of the Godhead?
Today in my scripture study, I went with Moses to the mountain. God taught Moses amazing things and left Moses to ponder what he’d learned. Satan came, tempting Moses to worship him. One of my favorite lines from Moses 1 is when Moses replies to Satan’s combat by saying, “I will not cease to call upon God, I have other things to inquire of Him.”
Moses called upon God and his next question started a glorious conversation. “Tell me, I pray thee, why these things are so, and by what thou madest them?” Then, Moses talked with the Lord face to face. And He answered Moses’ questions—creations without number; created and known, all encompassing. His “work and glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.”
Conversations with God can happen everywhere! On a mountain, in the car (I’m always praying about/for traffic ☺), while folding laundry, and even at Stake Conference (a multi congregation church meeting.)
A verse that inspires questions for me is from John 17. In His prayer, Jesus asked Heavenly Father “keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.” I have at least 20 questions from this verse, in context, that I’ve been thinking about and studying about over the past few months.
During Stake Conference last Sunday, something a speaker said brought one of my questions to mind. I suddenly saw an image in my mind (I’m a visual learner). I saw the beginnings of an answer. I drew it. My mind came alive and I began to be taught, step by step, an answer to my question.
Another speaker mentioned a scripture which would have never sparked the mental stimulation if I hadn’t been thinking in this context—IE: I would never have looked up that scripture while studying this subject. But it blew me away as it became a confirmation of what I was drawing and led me to another step. The following speakers each shared at least one scripture that led my learning into deeper insight. I couldn’t tell you what all of their topics were, but each speaker’s scriptural references are all over my illustrations. As I sat there wanting to learn and listen, I went to my own mountain and had a conversation with God.
And this is how I know that if I–who am of no particularly spectacular level of righteousness or spirituality–can ask question after question after question and get answers, that everyone can. He answers the eternally significant questions. And He answers curious, piecing the puzzle together questions. At the right time for me, and according my level of faith and understanding, answers to my questions come.
I know that God wants to answer us, will answer us, and especially loves to have conversations with us. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
What do you want to know? Will you ask Him?
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have moved 64 times and have not tired of experiencing this beautiful earth! I love the people, languages, histories/anthropologies, & especially religious cultures of the world. My life long passion is the study & searching out of religious symbolism, specifically related to ancient & modern temples. My husband Anthony and I love our bulldog Stig, adventures, traveling, movies, motorcycling, and time with friends and family.