“I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me.” The words echoed so beautifully from the voices of all in our living room. The Spirit fell upon us as everyone quieted down and reverently prepared to partake of the sacrament. The ordinance itself was rather simple: the bread was passed on a kitchen plate and the water was given in paper cups. However, the Spirit was so very profound. Silence was in the room, but we were all learning together.
After the ordinance was complete, we went around in a circle and shared one positive thing we had learned that week during the crazy. My heart was touched as people shared their thoughts. One person spoke of how thankful they were for a living prophet and how their testimony was stronger than ever of that principle. Another talked about how technology had blessed lives and allowed work to progress. Someone else addressed the power of connection, the importance of ministering, etc.
While everyone learned something different, it was evident to me that the Lord was speaking to each one of us. We were all a living witness to how we had each taken the chance to hear Him this week. The meeting was so spiritually uplifting and warming to the soul. Peace penetrated my heart.
Later in the day, I tuned into a virtual meeting where my bishop and ward members beautifully testified more of the Lord’s love. They spoke of thoughts from Come, Follow Me and their testimonies of how the gospel blessed their lives. Once again, I felt the Spirit testify to me that these individuals had prepared and had heard the voice of God in their lives.
President Nelson recently invited us all to hear the Lord’s voice and learn how God speaks to us. He said:
“My dear friends, today I wish to share with you a special invitation. There are a few wonderful occasions in the scriptures when our Heavenly Father personally introduced His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, with a specific charge to ‘Hear Him!’
Today, this most-important invitation from our loving Heavenly Father to listen to the voice of the Lord and to follow His teachings is extended to us.
In this special year as we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the First Vision, I invite you to think deeply and often about this key question: How do you hear Him? #HearHim.”
As I participated in a very home-centered church, I could see it. I could see it for myself, but also for others. It caused me to reflect more on the prophet Joseph Smith, who also had a home-centered gospel study. It was as he personally sought answers that he was lead to pray and had so many things opened to his mind.
It increased my desire to really take advantage of this gospel study time for myself. Perhaps the Lord has given us so many obstacles so that we could all slow down a little and learn how He speaks to us.
Ashley Dewey is extremely talented at being single. Hobbies include awkward conversations with members of the opposite sex, repelling third dates, talking to boys about their girl problems and to girls about their boy problems. In her spare time she also has a very fulfilling school life, work life, and social life. Besides being a professional single, Ashley is also a BYU graduate with a degree in linguistics (Aka word nerd). She enjoys studying other languages, particularly American Sign Language, and finds most all of them fascinating. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. Ashley works most of the time and has often been accused of being a workaholic. Currently she works full time as a merchandiser and supervisor in a retail store, and part time doing social media work. On her day off she works (really it doesn't feel like work) in the Provo LDS temple. The only kind of work she finds difficulty focusing on is house work. Her favorite activities in her free time are reading, writing, creating social experiments, and spending time with great friends and family. Specific activities with those family and friends include: going to concerts, plays, dance recitals, BYU basketball and football games, and watching sports on television.