Monday, July 10, 2017

It's Like a Symphony: Finding Your Part

What is your part to play in this symphony called Life?
Have you discovered what Your mission is?  What your purpose is?  There is a "melody" in each one of us.




There is a talk by Sister Wendy Nelson called Becoming the Person You Were Born to Be that I love!  She shares wonderful insights.  Here are a few of my favorite quotes that pertain to this topic.  The whole talk is amazing though-study it!

"When we're desperate to become the people we were born to be, our vision changes.  We wake from the spiritual amnesia the adversary to cleverly administers, and suddenly we see things about ourselves, others and our lives that we've never seen before."

Sounds good, right?  I really don't like the idea of being under spiritual amnesia, or anything else administered by the adversary.  This sentence also reminds me of the lyrics of the song "Glorious" (posted below.) 

"Others around you
Will start to wake up"

Are we asleep? Maybe.  Consider this verse from Moroni.

31 And aawake, and arise from the dust, O Jerusalem; yea, and put on thy beautiful garments, O daughter of bZion; and cstrengthen thy dstakes and enlarge thy borders forever, that thou mayest eno more be confounded, that the covenants of the Eternal Father which he hath made unto thee, O house of Israel, may be fulfilled.

And this verse from the Doctrine and Covenants.
10 Yea, let the cry go forth among all people: Awake and arise and go forth to meet the aBridegroom; behold and lo, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Prepare yourselves for the bgreat day of the Lord.

(Yes!  I want to go meet the Bridegroom!  Isn't it exciting to read that HE really is coming and we will get to go out to meet Him?!)

Okay, so we need to awake and arise.  What's next? 
The same night that Sister Nelson gave the talk listed above, her husband, Elder Russell M Nelson gave a marvelous talk called Becoming True Millenials.  He gives us excellent instruction.


  • "...my first recommendation is to learn for yourselves who you really are. Ask your Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, how He feels about you and your mission here on earth. If you ask with real intent, over time the Spirit will whisper the life-changing truth to you. Record those impressions and review them often, and follow through with exactness.
  • I promise you that when you begin to catch even a glimpse of how your Heavenly Father sees you and what He is counting on you to do for Him, your life will never be the same!"
I add my witness to the truth of this!  Heavenly Father is waiting-waiting for you to reach out and ask Him questions.  He wants to answer them and He promises us over and over in the scriptures that if we ask, He will answer.  

So, ask.  Ask who you are.  Kneel down with a pen and paper and Ask what your mission is.  What your melody is.  What your purpose is.  



"Just keep listening
And pretty soon you'll start
To figure out your part"

 Write down any thoughts or feelings you receive and act on them.   Study your patriarchal blessing if you have it. Study your scriptures.  And then take action.  Take a step forward in faith.

"And you will know how
To let it ring out
As you discover
Who you are"
I have done this. 
 I prayerfully listened to this song, Glorious, by David Archuleta. (Does that seem strange?  Maybe, but this song has always spoken to my soul.  And I know that inspired songs have promised blessings-I feel this song is like a prayer to learn who you are.)  
I knelt down by my bed and prayed to know what my purpose and mission was. I pled with the Lord to tell me what He had for me to do.  I fully intended to do whatever He asked.  
And He knew that and He responded.  

  I had a notebook handy.  As I closed my prayer and listened I started to receive ideas, thoughts, names, impressions and feelings.  I jotted them down quickly as they came and asked if there were more.  A few more ideas came into my mind.  It was an interesting mix of ideas of who I was and people I needed to talk to.  Things I ought to do and things to study more fully.  
I expressed my gratitude for all of the insight and committed to following His counsel.

As I worked my way through that list during the next few weeks and months, I was amazed and grateful to see how the Lord was guiding me, helping me and putting me out of my comfort zone.  I felt to ask for Heavenly help often.  I lost desire for mindless entertainment and felt driven to do all that I could sense unfolding in front of me.  It was truly Glorious!  

"When we're desperate for any gift of the Spirit, that is when we will finally pray with all energy of heart for that gift.  And the great news is that each spiritual gift we receive takes us one more step forward into our true selves."   Sister Wendy Nelson


Glorious
~ David Archuleta. 


There are times when
You might feel aimless
And can't see the places 
Where you belong
But you will find that
There is a purpose
It's been there within you
All along
And when you're near it
You can almost hear it.


It's like a symphony
Just keep listening
And pretty soon you'll start
To figure out your part
Everyone plays a piece
And there are melodies
In each one of us
Oohhh, it's glorious.


And you will know how
To let it ring out
As you discover
Who you are
Others around you
Will start to wake up
To the sounds that are
In their hearts
It's so amazing
What we're all creating.


It's like a symphony
Just keep listening
And pretty soon you'll start
To figure out your part
Everyone plays a piece
And there are melodies
In each one of us
Oohhh, it's glorious.


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