Led and Sustained
November 2015

“Led and Sustained,” New Era, November 2015

Led and Sustained

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You Are Not Alone in the Work

“Any calling we receive in the Lord’s kingdom requires more than our human judgment and our personal powers. Those calls require help from the Lord, which will come. Even the new deacon will learn that is true, and he will go on learning over the years. …

“As you move from one priesthood service to another, you will see the Lord is in the work with you. …

“… The Lord’s servants are inspired to know the Lord’s will. … The prophet, as the president of the priesthood, is inspired of God to watch over and care for the Lord’s servants and to call them.

“Whatever your calling in the priesthood, you may have at times felt Heavenly Father was unaware of you. You can pray to know His will, and with the honest desire to do whatever He asks you to do, you will receive an answer. …

“It is my prayer that every priesthood holder will reach out in faith to rescue every soul for whom he is responsible. God will add His power to His servant’s efforts. Hearts of people will be touched to make the choices that will bring them along the gospel path toward happiness and away from sorrow.”

The Holy Ghost as Your Companion

“My purpose today is to increase your desire and your determination to claim the gift promised to each of us after we were baptized. During our confirmation we heard these words: ‘Receive the Holy Ghost.’ From that moment, our lives changed forever.

“We can, if we live worthy of it, have the blessing of the Spirit to be with us, not only now and then … but always. …

“To always have the Spirit with us is to have the guidance and direction of the Holy Ghost in our daily lives. We can, for instance, be warned by the Spirit to resist the temptation to do evil.

“… If we partake of the sacrament in faith, the Holy Ghost will then be able to protect us and those we love from the temptations that come with increasing intensity and frequency. …

“… The Holy Ghost … also gives us the power to discern truth from falsehood. The truth that matters most is verified only by revelation from God. …

“As you obey, the impressions from the Spirit will come more frequently, becoming closer and closer to constant companionship. Your power to choose the right will increase.”