We often ask the question do you trust The Lord? Recently I had the chance to reverse the question and ask does The Lord trust me?

I am currently serving in a bishopric and one of the responsibilities of the bishopric is to find people to speak in church. The way our bishopric has decided to handle this matter is to take turns by month finding speakers. The last month that it was my responsibility to find speakers I did a very poor job of giving the speakers a good advance notice when they would be speaking. I waited till the last minute and sometimes even a minute after that.

Fast forward to this month where it is again my turn to find speakers for the church sacrament services. This month has five Sundays which in theory means I should have to find speakers for at least three or four different Sundays. Turns out on the first Sunday we were able to attend the Gilbert Temple dedication so we didn’t need speakers the second Sunday was fast Sunday to replace the first Sunday missed, the third Sunday is High Council Sunday so I was asked to find a speaker for his companion and the fifth Sunday will once again be Fast Sunday because of General Conference.

Long Story short on a month where I should have to find upwards of 8-10 speakers I only had to find 1.

What other ways does the Lord trust or not trust me?

This may be a silly example it has made me think, in what other ways does the Lord trust or not trust me?

Does he trust me to open my mouth and talk to the person looking for truth?

Does he trust me put someone in need in my path that I might be the answer to their prayers?

Does he trust me with spiritual promptings that I will act on them?

Elder Scott has often taught the principal this way

First, I will share a principle that, if understood and consistently applied, will bring enormous blessings throughout your life.

I will consistently strive to learn by what I hear, see, and feel.

I will write down the important things I learn, and I will do them.shutterstock_114133564

You can learn vitally important things by what you hear and see and, especially, by what you feel, as prompted by the Holy Ghost. Most individuals limit their learning primarily to what they hear or what they read. Be wise. Develop the skill of learning by what you see and particularly by what the Holy Ghost prompts you to feel. Consciously seek to learn by what you see and feel, and your capacity to do so will expand through consistent practice. Ask in faith for such help. Live to be worthy of it. Seek to recognize it. Write down in a secure place the important things you learn from the Spirit. You will find that as you write down precious impressions, often more will come. Also the knowledge you gain will be available throughout your life. Always, day or night, wherever you are, whatever you are doing, seek to recognize and respond to the direction of the Spirit. Express gratitude for the help received and obey it. This practice will reinforce your capacity to learn by the Spirit. It will permit the Lord to guide your life and to enrich the use of every other capacity latent in your being. – Link

It requires effort and practice to consistently learn by what you see and feel. – Link

Obedience to His commandments and a life that demonstrates that He can trust you. – Link

You will find that as you write down precious impressions, often more will come. – Link


I believe the principal he is teaching is that as we learn to follow the spirit the Lord he will trust us with more and more opportunities to serve him.