“If you love me, stand ready, watching for every communication I will send to you.” (Testimony of St. John Pg. 23)
“Jesus said to him, I am the way, the record of the truth, and the means for eternal lives, worlds without end: no man comes to the Throne of the Father without me. If you follow me, you will come to the Father’s Throne through me and will thereafter be like him forever.” (The Testimony of St John pg. 23)
“He that treasures my teachings, and stands ready, watching for every communication I send him, is he who shows love for me. To those who show love for me, my Father will show love to them, and I love all those, and I will personally minister to them.”
“If a man loves me, he will stand ready, watching for every communication I will send to him; and my Father will also love him, and we will come visit him, and continually abide by his side. Whoever claims to love me but does not stand ready, watching for every communication I will send, indeed does not love me. These teachings are not from me, but come from the Father who sent me.” (The Testimony of St. John Pg. 24)
“Stay connected to me as part of the heavenly family, and I will nourish you. Just as a branch cannot produce fruit if it is not connected to the vine, neither will you be able to bear fruit unless you remain connected with me. I am the vine, and you are the branches. He that stays connected to me, and I to him, will be abundantly fruitful; but without the connection to me you will perish. If a man loses his connection with me, he is merely a withered branch; and men take the withered branches, cut them away and burn them.”
“If you stay connected to me, and my words live in you, you will ask according to my will, and you will be given the ability to accomplish my will. It will please and vindicate my Father if you produce abundant fruit, and that will prove you follow me. Just like the Father has loved me, I have in turn likewise loved you. Therefore, remain connected with me and my love will be with you. If you practice my teachings (see Sermon on the Mount) you will always remain connected with me; just as I have kept my Father’s teachings and have remained connected with him.” (The Testimony of St. John Pg. 24)
“-I, Nephi, was desirous also that I might see, and hear, and know of these things, by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek him, as well in times of old as in the time that he should manifest himself unto the children of men. For he is the same yesterday, today, and forever; and the way is prepared for all men from the foundation of the world, if it so be that they repent and come unto him. For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round.” (I Nephi 10:17-19)
“For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.” (Mosiah 3:19)
“He intends to pour out knowledge upon the heads of the Saints. If we will stop making others accountable for what we learn, and go to Him to receive what He offers, by the power of the Holy Ghost you may know the truth of all things.” (DS Post June 10, 2010)
I can get so distracted by things, even very important things, that I forget the whole point of those important things, and that is, follow the Savior upon the path back to Gods presence. And for that I must be connected to heaven in a very real way!
A proposed covenant or the greatest scripture project the world has ever seen does ME no good if I have a fleeting or weak connection to heaven. However, if I watch for EVERY COMMUNICATION and STAY CONNECTED to heaven as a part of the heavenly family, I will be nourished!
“It is my Father who honors me, the one who you falsely claim is your God. Unlike me, you do not know him. If I were to say, I do not know him, I would be as much of a liar as you are when you falsely claim him as your God. I not only know him, but I watch for his words like a sentinel always awaiting his direction.” (The Testimony of St. John pg.15)
“Wherefore, by the ministering of angels, and by every word which proceeded forth out of the mouth of God, men began to exercise faith in Christ; and thus by faith, they did lay hold upon every good thing; and thus it was until the coming of Christ.” (Moroni 7:25)
So, for me and my simpleton way of seeing, digesting and seeking, I will continue upon the path of following Christ’s example and His teachings at the Sermon on the Mount and Bountiful. However, I plan to refocus my attention to watching for EVERY communication from the Lord as He is my personal guide, and STAYING connected to the True Vine.
It’s not tricky, nor does it require great intellect or the notice of others. It can be done, and very often is, in complete obscurity to those of the world.
“Holy Father, please watch over these like a sentinel. Protect and guard them using your power, so that they may be united as one, as we are united as one.” (The Testimony of St John pg. 27)
“And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall publish peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be.” (I Nephi 13:37)
Your brother in Christ and friend on the path.