My husband works from home, which I love with all my little heart. Eating lunch with him during the day is super fun. It’s very nice to go snowboarding while the baby sleeps. see below =)
And, nothing can beat the commute- leave the office, walk across the family room and ta-da! you are in the kitchen for dinner.
My boys are great messengers! Sometimes when the boys need something to do, I send them to his office with a plate of something good to eat. Sometimes I really need to know where I can find AAA batteries, so I ask them to go ask him. When I’m trying to plan when we will eat dinner, they love to go ask him what time he can finish work today.
I really could just go ask him myself. Or, if I wanted to use the convenience of technology, I could just text him. #textingpeopleinthesamehouseisfun
So, why would I send the children?
A few reasons.
- increased interaction- I love when they can see their dad. I think quality time is great but quantity time is under-rated.
- the task makes them feel important- “mama trusts me!”
- children rise to the occasion- a child given an ‘important’ task has an opportunity to shine
- they feel more a part of the family when they are included in the ‘work’ of family life
- service! who doesn’t feel great after dropping up a plate of sliced fruit
This might seem like a small thing….but- (I’m sure you are quoting this following verse in your head already!)
…by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. Alma 37:6
God also uses this teach-through-messengers method. One example is prophets. Another example is ward council. A leader gives out an assignment, asking the messenger to return the next week to the meeting and report what they accomplished.
Today I sent Henry, age 3, to ask his father what time he would be done with his meetings so I could have dinner ready then. Henry was gone kind of a long time. Finally he came back into the kitchen and said, importantly, “Papa said he would be done at forty o’clock.”
okay, so sometimes it doesn’t work so well. #threeyearoldmessengerintraining
Regardless of how imperfect we humans are, the principles remain true. =)
Prophets testify of Jesus Christ—of His divinity and of His earthly mission and ministry. When we sustain prophets and other leaders…[it] gives us, as members of the Lord’s Church, confidence and faith as we strive to keep the scriptural injunction to heed the Lord’s voice as it comes through the voice of His servants the prophets.
When we believe the Prophets really are the messengers from our Father in Heaven– the choices we make, the things we think about and the way we treat people will all be in accordance with the teachings of the Savior Jesus Christ.
Thanks for reading and studying with me today!
S: (Prayer/Ask) Why does God place prophets as His messengers to the children of man? How can we also be messengers for God?
- I love how Sister Carol McConkie teaches about prophets with the Old Testament story of the Widow of Zarephath:
From a single mother struggling to survive a season of famine, we learn what it means to sustain a prophet. The Lord instructed the prophet Elijah to go to Zarephath, where he would find a widow woman whom God had commanded to sustain him. As Elijah approached the city, he saw her gathering sticks. He called to her, “Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.”
“And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her [again], and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
“And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”
Elijah responded, “Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.”
Imagine for a moment the difficulty of what the prophet was asking a starving mother to do. Certainly, God Himself could have provided food for His faithful servant. But, acting in the name of the Lord, Elijah did as directed, which was to ask a beloved daughter of God to sacrifice that which she had in order to sustain the prophet.
But Elijah also promised a blessing for obedience: “For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail.” The Lord gave the widow the opportunity to choose to believe and obey the words of the prophet.
In a world threatened by a famine of righteousness and spiritual starvation, we have been commanded to sustain the prophet. As we give heed to, uphold, and affirm prophetic word, we witness that we have the faith to humbly submit to the will, the wisdom, and the timing of the Lord.
We heed prophetic word even when it may seem unreasonable, inconvenient, and uncomfortable. According to the world’s standards, following the prophet may be unpopular, politically incorrect, or socially unacceptable. But following the prophet is always right. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
The Lord honors and favors those who will heed prophetic direction. For the widow of Zarephath, obedience to Elijah saved her life and ultimately the life of her son. As the prophet had promised, “she, and he, and her house, did eat many days … according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.”
The Lord “will feed those who trust Him.” The words of the prophets are like manna to our souls. When we partake, we are blessed, protected, and preserved both temporally and spiritually. When we feast upon their words, we learn how to come unto Christ and live.
- Have you ever looked at this fabulous site the Church has? Each of the 15 living Apostles and Prophets has a 2 to 5 minute video with their testimony of the Savior. Pick one or two and listen to the testimony of the Special Witness of Christ.
- Read the following from Elder Eyring‘s talk on revelation from October General Conference. As you read think about how his words close the triangle of God-messengers-us.
That wonderful process of revelation begins, ends, and continues as we receive personal revelation. Let’s take the great Nephi, son of Lehi, as our example. His father had a dream. Others in Nephi’s family viewed Lehi’s dream as evidence of mental confusion. The dream included a command from God for Lehi’s sons to run the terrible risk of returning to Jerusalem for the plates which contained the word of God so that they could take them on their journey to the promised land.
We often quote Nephi’s brave declaration when his father asked them to go back to Jerusalem. You know the words: “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded.”2
When Lehi heard Nephi speak those words, the scripture says that “he was exceedingly glad.”3 He was glad because he knew that Nephi had been blessed with confirming revelation that his father’s dream was a true communication from God. Nephi did not say, “I will go and do what my father told me to do.” Rather he said, “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded.”
From your experience in your own families, you also know why Lehi was “exceedingly glad.” His joy came from knowing that Nephi had received confirming revelation.
- What other examples come to mind of the teach-through-messenger method?
- Imagine if God took out “the middle man” (the prophets) and just did the work Himself. What do you think would be lost?
- Think of a time in your life that you felt the words of another person were just what God wanted you to hear. Has anyone ever told you that you were this messenger for them?
R: (Write) your thoughts, what you learned, impressions you received, and anything else in your scripture journal (include your thoughts on the study session question: Why does God place prophets as His messengers to the children of man? How can we also be messengers for God?) Also consider writing down the following:
- Look at the great prophet scripture in Amos 3:7. Re-write it in a positive form into your journal. (note: change the word nothing to everything and finish the promise.)
Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
- In your study journal, draw a triangle. At each point write God, Messenger, Me. Write a word on each side of the triangle that defines the communication between the two points. (I love this image of open communication, faith and trust!!!)
- Have you ever written a thank you letter to an apostle or prophet? Write a short note to one of the Apostles to say thank you for the work they are doing.
E: (Prayer/Thank)- thank God for what you’ve learned and ask if there is anymore.
The Challenge: Find someone today with whom you can share your testimony of Prophets of God. It doesn’t have to be the ‘fast and testimony meeting’ testimony- simple and short is great. It can be to someone who already knows about prophets– just find a way to say out loud that you know the Prophets really are messengers from God.
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