Principle 11 – Counsel With the Lord in All Thy Doings

While studying for this chapter I found some quote that spoke about the future, and how business leaders and innovators look to the future.

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” — Søren Kierkegaard

“A person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” — Earl Nightingale

“Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.” — Dean Acheson

“My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.” — Anonymous

Again I am reminded of the talk by Henry B. Eyring (As A Child).  When we are able to change our prayers to ask for His will we will begin to see things a little bit differently.  When we are able to bring in the first few principles, and properly position and place ourselves and what we are capable of will we know we must pray for His direction and His will.  At times, we dictate our will onto him in our prayers, asking for assurance that it is okay to proceed a certain way. When we don’t feel direction and confirmation, we need to know the importance of adjusting our mindset to have His will shown unto us.

“Conscious contact with God”

Living the Gospel is an intentional act.  We must make the decision each day, each hour to live the Gospel.  To follow in the direction, revelation, and commandments that we have been given.  

How would you presently describe your relationship with Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost?  Are you at a place where you feel like you can have conscious contact with them? Where you can counsel with them?  Counseling relies on two-way conversations and feedback in both directions. Do we presently live our lives in a manner that allows us to have this intimate relationship with them so we may properly receive revelation for ourselves and those we take care of?

We NEED religious experience

Whether they be big or small, we need to have spiritually moving experiences present in our lives.  These experiences will continue to move us closer to our Father in Heaven. We work to put ourselves in the place where we can ask, “Lord, what will thou have me to do?”  In these moments, we strive to have with us the Light of Christ AND the Holy Ghost. 

“Fortunate are those who are being filled with both”

What is the difference between the two?  Study out one from the other, and the greater gift the Holy Ghost is.  The gift that requires something of us. Requires more of us, that “Conscious contact with God”

3 Nephi 19:9 And they did pray for that which they most desired; and they desired that the aHoly Ghost should be given unto them.

What do you most desire?  Are you praying for it, daily?  Also important, is what you desire most a righteous desire?  What benefit do you, and those around you receive from that which you desire most?

We yoke ourselves to that which we desire most.  Being “yoked” is a working relationship between two animals that is very personal, close, and intimate.  These two animals KNOW each other’s movements, attitudes, and actions. What are we then yoking ourselves to?  When we yoke ourselves to sin or addiction we are teaming up with the adversary. Again, living the Gospel is intentional.  We must choose every day, every hour to make the choices that bring us closer to eternal life. We must choose to yoke ourselves to the Savior.  We must also know that doing so will NOT be a walk in the park. He tells us in the New Testament that “HIS burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30)  Living the Gospel is a burden, but we learn who we truly are in the opportunities for growth.

Bring it back to diapers

How many times have you considered diapers to be a yoke of burden?  The cycle of shame is real, and there are times I don’t want to look myself in the mirror when wearing.  (Last night was one of those times). We must constantly evaluate what the role of diapers are in our lives, and what we allow them to be.  Do they weigh us down, and burden us with additional problems and stresses? Do we tell ourselves half truths because we like how they feel?  I took this class to work on figuring out some of these questions.  

The answer will be different for each and everyone of us.  What diapers do for each and everyone of us is different. The role I allow them to play is not the same that any other ABDL.  I struggle less, but I still struggle. They feel like a burden at times. Only you can find the answer for you. I continue to pray to know for myself, and I encourage you to do the same.  Pray on your own, and pray with your spouse. Involve them in the process, and continue to communicate with them. Open, honest communication is the key. We often say that we are brutally honest with each other.  Sometimes that is VERY hard to handle, but we both know that there will be times each of us has to listen to hard things. It only deepens my love for my wife.

Be open, be honest, be you!

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