General Conference Book Club Week 19: Elder Scott and President Packer

To ensure we get through all the talks before the next General Conference (which, by the way, is in SEVEN weeks!), I decided to double up some of the messages.  These two seemed like a good pairing to study together, with a common theme of receiving spiritual answers and direction.

Elder Richard G. Scott gave a talk in the Saturday morning session called To Acquire Spiritual Guidance,” where he teaches that guidance will be gained “by careful practice, through the application of correct principles, and by being sensitive to the feelings that come.”

In President Boyd K. Packer’s talk from the Saturday afternoon session, Prayer and Promptings,” he asserts that both these communications are still available to all of God’s children.  He says, “You can know the things you need to know. Pray that you will learn to receive that inspiration and remain worthy to receive it.”

I’m looking forward to studying the two talks together and finding the common threads.  Simply the fact that two talks on a very similar topic were given in Conference on the same day is an alert that it was a principle worth addressing.  What do you think the “action items” for these talks are?  What are these brethren both trying to encourage us to do more/do better?

You can find both the audio and video versions of these talks here.


2 thoughts on “General Conference Book Club Week 19: Elder Scott and President Packer

  1. Action items:
    *Struggle to learn how to be led by the Spirit
    *Consistent striving to recognize & follow promptings of the Spirit
    *Gain experience & success in following Spirit
    *Pray to receive inspiration
    *Keep mind clean & free from clutter of the world

    I think both of them were trying to remind us that this is something you continually work on throughout your life. Sometimes promptings come easily and quickly and sometimes we have to really work for them.

  2. So this is a week late, but I read and wanted to come back and comment.

    I love how Elder Scott emphasizes the PROCESS of seeking and receiving revelation. It’s rare to get a clear step by step of how to find and hear the spirit, but he does that here. I think that writing things down is a powerful step, and part of the reason I started blogging. As I begin to organize my thoughts, I get deeper insight into the principles involved.

    I also learned that much of the responsibility for revelation lies with me, not with those who teach or instruct me. Whether they are knowledgeable or prepared is irrelevant. I can find inspiration whenever I sincerely seek it.

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