Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Dear Father: A Dialogue between a Daughter and the Father


A fictionalized account of letters from a Daughter,
 seeking the Voice of the Father. 


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Dear Father,
I heard today that I could write you a letter like a prayer, close it in the name of Christ, flip the paper over, write Dear Daughter, hold the pen ready to write, and then receive answers from Thee.  Is this true Father?  Could this be?
I am going to experiment on this idea and see.


Dear Daughter,
Experimenting on the Word is good.  The path you are starting on is a good path.  You do well to ask.


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Dear Father,
Please forgive me for not listening to Thee today.  I should have obeyed that feeling to reach out to my friend earlier.  Please bless her that my procrastination will not harm her.  Please help her and me to grow in the ways of righteousness.


Dear Daughter,
You are forgiven, as often as you earnestly seek for it.  Listen for promptings and have courage.


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Dear Father,
I am grateful for the prompting to listen to a certain conference talk today.  I will do as Thy apostle asks and read every scripture about Christ.  But Father, when will I find time to do this?  How can I do all the good things I desire to do?


Dear Daughter,
You need sleep.  Go to bed each night at 10 pm.  Wake each day at 6 am.  That will give you enough time to study and be with me and enough sleep to care for your body.

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Dear Father,
Please bless my family.  My child is struggling and I don't know where to turn.  Please help guide me.  Send those people into our lives that we need.  Help us to help our child.


Dear Daughter,
Your child is my child too.  I love him as I love you.  Trust that he is in the hollow of my hand and that my ways are not your ways.  All will be well with him.  Continue in the ways of righteousness.

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Dear Father,
Why am I awake? It's 3:48 am.  I really need to sleep.  I've been laying here for a while now, relaxing, trying to drift off to sleep.  I finally realized it's been a while since I sought Thy council.  Is there a reason I am awake now?


Dear Daughter,
You have learned well.  I need to tell you something.  Here are things for you to do this day and week....
You are awake right now because you have not found time to be still during the daytime in a while.   And you are awake because your spirit has missed spending time with me.


Dear Father,
Please forgive me.  I have not taken time to seek Thy counsel during the day time.  I see that I've been busy doing good things but haven't spent time with Thee in deep prayer.  I have missed Thee. Thank you for loving me.


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Dear Father,
As I read the scriptures about Christ that Thou prompted me to read and that a prophet counseled us to read, I read accounts of all of the people who have seen Thy Son while in mortality.  I read of people who are sanctified and purified through the Holy Ghost.  I read of people who saw and walked with Jesus Christ.  I read of incredible faith. I read of visions and great blessings.  A desire is growing in my heart, Father, that I don't dare put into words yet.
I am starting to view the scriptures not as an interesting history of prophets but as instructions for us of blessings we are instructed to seek, to ask for and to receive.  This mindset is hard to explain in words, as all things of the spirit can be.  I find that we don't have words that describe fully the learning we receive by Thy Holy Spirit.


Dear Daughter,
💗💗💗


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Dear Father,
 I love Thee.  I'm grateful for the learning and growth I'm having.  I can see how many ways Thou art shaping my life, turning my feet into certain paths, helping me along little by little.

Forgive me for my weakness.  Please make me whole again and let me find rest in Thee.  Forgive me for not going to the temple this week like I felt a desire to do.  I will pick a day next week and put it on my calendar.
What is next?  What does Thou desire of me now?


Dear Daughter,
You do well to repent and turn to me with full purpose of heart.  You haven't asked the questions you mean to ask, because of fear and unbelief.
Trust.  Fear not but believe.  Ask and it shall be given you.


Dear Father,
Forgive me.  I did forget to ask the question I meant to ask.
*What lack I yet?*


Dear Daughter,
That is the right question.
Seek to hear my voice. Often.
Once you hear it, see that you hearken unto it.
Then, you may seek my face.
Then you may ask for further light and knowledge, the thing you desire most.


Dear Father,
I believe. But...will Thou help my unbelief?  And my fear.
We are counseled to fear not.  Please heal all the fear in me.
We are counseled to believe all things. Please heal all the unbelief in me.


Dear Daughter,
Turn to me with all fear.  In the moment that you feel it, ask and I will heal it.
Turn to me with unbelief.  In the moment that you discover it, ask and I will make it into belief for you.
Learn to Hear My Voice.
Seek to Enter into My Presence.
Doubt Not.  Fear Not.  But Believe.
Be Perfected in Christ.

Seek to Enter into the Presence of the Lord and receive the blessings Thou desires.

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Further Reading:
Russell M. Nelson's Challenge to Read Every Scripture about Christ is issued here, "Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives."




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