Monday, February 14, 2011

Having the Spirit....

This is something that was in my Seminary Files...Julie D. just used it in a RS lesson, so thought I'd add it here....Remember...these aren't All or Nothing lists....but sometimes we don't recognize that just feeling calm is evidence of the Lord's Spirit filling our lives.

After reading the negative list, go back a read the first one again because just reading the second list can bring a dark feeling!

When You DO Have the Spirit:

1. You feel happy, calm, and clear-minded.
2. You feel generous.
3. Nobody can offend you.
4. You wouldn't mind everybody seeing what you're doing.
5. You are eager to be with people and want to make them happy.
6. You are glad when other succeed.
7. You are glad to attend your meetings and participate in church activities.
8. You feel like praying.
9. You wish you could keep all the Lord's commandments.
10. You feel "in control". You don't overeat or sleep too much, you don't feel uncontrollably drawn to sensational entertainment, lose your temper, or feel uncontrollable passions or desires.
11. You think about the Savior often and lovingly; you want to know Him better.
12. You feel confident and are glad to believe.

When You DON'T Have The Spirit
1. You feel unhappy, depressed confused and frustrated.
2. You feel possessive, self-centered, or resentful of demands made on you.
3. You are easily offended.
4.You become secretive and evasive.
5. You avoid people, especially members of your family; and you are critical of family members and Church authorities.
6. You envy or resent the successes of others.
7. You don't want to go to church, go home teaching, or take the sacrament. You wish you had another church job or no job at all.
8. You don't want to pray.
9. You find the commandments bothersome, restricting, or senseless.
10. You feel emotions and appetites so strongly that you fear you cannot control them; hate, jealousy, anger, lust, hunger, fatigue.
11. You hardly ever think of the Savior; he seem irrelevant to your life, or worse, part of a confusing system that seems to work against you.
12. You get discouraged easily and wonder if life is really worth it.
Now go back and read the first list.....

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