Have You Followed Prophetic Counsel, and Scheduled Your ‘Personal Council’ Yet?

When President Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave the first talk of the Saturday session, he posed the question: “When it comes to spiritual truth, how can we know that we are on the right path?” He then proceeded to encourage us to do a little self-evaluation by asking ourselves some simple, but telling (if answered honestly) questions. President Uchtdorf wasn’t the only Apostle who was gently prodding us to interview ourselves. Elder Robert D. Hales suggested we hold a ‘personal council’.

Let’s look at those questions we’re supposed to ask ourselves. Print them off; put them on your mirror or refrigerator. Download them to your phone. Use them for Family Home Evening. Ponder them and pray about them. Use them as a basis for your next Church talk.

These are all direct quotes from their talks.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “It Works Wonderfully!

When it comes to spiritual truth, how can we know that we are on the right path? One way is by asking the right questions—the kind that help us ponder our progress and evaluate how things are working for us. Questions like:

“Does my life have meaning?”

“Do I believe in God?”

“Do I believe that God knows and loves me?”

“Do I believe that God hears and answers my prayers?”

“Am I truly happy?”

“Are my efforts leading me to the highest spiritual goals and values in life?”

…I wonder if we as Church members might also benefit from asking ourselves from time to time: “Is my experience in the Church working for me? Is it bringing me closer to Christ? Is it blessing me and my family with peace and joy as promised in the gospel?”**

**If your answer is ‘NO’ to these, read President Uchtdorf’s talk for help!

Elder Robert D. Hales, “Meeting the Challenges of Today’s World

You are responsible to think about the consequences of every choice you make. Ask yourself, “If I make this choice, what is the worst thing that could happen?”

…Ask yourself: “What areas of my life do I want to strengthen so that I can strengthen others? Where do I want to be a year from now? two years from now? What choices do I need to make to get there?”

…You may want to conduct what I’ll call a “personal council.” After praying, spend some time alone. Think about what is ahead. Ask yourself: “What areas of my life do I want to strengthen so that I can strengthen others? Where do I want to be a year from now? two years from now? What choices do I need to make to get there?”


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