I have discovered a powerful pattern in my life. I ask God questions and He gives me answers. If I obey those answers which are often in the form of assignments, then He will give me more. Line upon line, precept upon precept, assignment after assignment, He has led me down an exciting path of self discovery, self improvement and understanding of the trajectory I am to pursue in order to solidify my course back into his presence. He has become my personal mentor. I have literally been mentored by my Master, my God and King, my Heavenly Father. He has poured out His promptings, directives, assignments, corrections, reprimands and blessings. The more quickly I obey and comply, the more abundantly the flow of revelation and mysteries of the kingdom attached to assignments and requests for greater discipleship, obedience, sacrifice and proving myself willing to give all to know Him, to follow Him and to be worthy of His presence.
In the course of receiving these various assignments, I have waivered, and continue to waiver, greatly in my ability to maintain the highest level of discipleship and obedience to the elevated sphere of existence that He has shown me to be the goal. Though my desire remains steady and consistent, my follow-through ebbs and flows over the course of time and I have often disappointed myself with my lack of ability to remain at a peak of discipleship and compliance with His commands for my obedience. When I have given into my addictions and longing for the vices and comforts of the natural man, His promised blessings withdraw, the Spirit recedes and I am left on my own until I can again make the required sacrifices and show forth my desire to follow Him and obey at all costs.
Even these times of struggle have been instructive and have been a necessary part of the process to understanding the path of discipleship. His assignments cause me to rise to greater heights and demand more of myself than I would require of my own choosing. In those moments of stretching to reach His request, I have often fallen short several times before finding the way to accomplish the task revealed and then to bask in the joy of the promised accompanying blessing. His predictable mentoring pattern is always the same. First ask, then receive; obey, then enjoy the promised blessings. His blessings prove the sacrifice well worth the reward and I have been greatly rewarded. I wish the same rewards and blessings for you!
My purpose in writing this text is to share my journey and to testify of the pattern of being mentored by the Master. To put these experiences and information in print has been revealed to me to be one of my many assignments, despite my lack of writing experience or eloquence. My greatest hope is that I might create something of value in confirming to my children, grandchildren and all future posterity that revelation is real. You can ask God questions and He will answer your prayers. He will show you what you should do, what you need to change, what you need to forsake, what you need to become in order to be worthy of exaltation. My goal is to leave a legacy of faith through my experiences and discoveries that will help guide sincere seekers to know the pattern to follow to obtain a personal audience with the Lord.
In sharing these personal experiences, it is hard to avoid presenting myself as the spiritual hero of each occasion. I hope the reader will come to know my heart and trust that the intent of the effort is sharing my testimony and extending an invitation to my posterity to similarly seek a divine connection, rather than any attempt at promoting myself.
I hope this blog will be shared by recommendation among those who have similar desires and goals as mine. Though these posts may be read by many or few, I write them to be mainly read by my posterity. As I sit to write and work out my thoughts into words, I write with the vision of my current 7 children as adults being my main audience of readers. I hope to share with each of you the things of my soul that are happening to me now when you are of a similar age and having similar life experiences. Will you please experiment with the process of mentoring with your maker and discover what He has to teach you?
A mentor is a wise and trusted counselor or teacher; one who helps people to improve their lives; somebody who provides advice and support to people who wish to elevate their existence, helping them to make decisions, solve problems and achieve goals. This is the relationship I have with my Heavenly Father. He is my all-knowing, trusted master, confidant, personal friend and omniscient educator. I believe that His promises are sure, and when he tells us to come unto Him and be perfected in Him, it is a literal request. As we come to Him, He will assist us in the process of perfection one task at a time, and when we have proven ourselves willing to obey, consecrate and sacrifice all for him, He will send the Second Comforter, His son Jesus Christ, to bring us into his presence as promised by Joseph Smith.