Today we are going to talk about a way that the Lord tells us to expect personal revelation and how to move in the right direction, so staying on our topic of asking, seeking and knocking. On Wednesdays we will be using direction from women in the gospel. I will be referencing a talk today given by Aileen H. Clyde in the 1994 October Conference. I love looking back over past talks and learning from women that have come before us. So much knowledge to be learned from.
As we talked about yesterday, the knocking part is how we are going to receive our answers from the Lord. And my example today is going to involve Ribbon jello, and a scripture found in Isaiah 28:10,and 2 Nephi 28:30. Both of these scriptures talk about a process about the way the Lord teaches us.
So before I talk about that I am going to talk about Ribbon Jello also known as rainbow jello. Now we as members of the LDS church are quite well known for our green jello recipe that can be found at most get togethers or funerals. It’s very easy to make and delicious which is why it’s so popular in the meals that we supply to those in need or just for fun celebrations. But ribbon jello, on the other hand, is quite a bit more difficult to make but equally delicious. And let me just tell you, it makes a really cool presentation! It looks absolutely amazing when it is finished (I think I’ve only made it a couple of times when the kids were little because, well, it’s a process!).
I am totally going to link a recipe in the show notes just in case you want to try it! So here is the basic process. If you’ve ever made jello, you know that it is pretty darn easy. Just get a little package of jello and dissolve in boiling water, once dissolved add cold water (my mom always said the speedy way was to add ice instead of cold water) until a gelatin starts to form. Then you put it in your desired dish and then let it set up in the fridge until firm but jiggly. Usually about 30 min. Wah lah jello!
Well in rainbow jello, you do this same process several times in several flavors of different colors, that’s how you make the rainbow. But there is a slight catch: there is a delicious layer that is white in between each colored layer and that is what makes it so delicious and beautiful to look at. So by the time you finish your layers it has taken hummm maybe around 9 or so hours. Now you understand why I’ve only made it twice in my life, lol. It is quite the process!
So how does this relate to receiving answers from the Lord? Well, first off it’s a process. Like we’ve already talked about briefly, there are certain steps that you need to follow in order to get your desired outcome or answer from the Lord.
The reason that I liked Sister Clyde’s talk is because she shared what I am going to share with you, but also related it to charity and we all know how much us sisters in the gospel love to take meals (and desserts) to take to those in need. So it’s fun that she made this comparison.
So here is the secret (not so secret) way that we usually receive answers from the Lord.
“For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom” (2 Ne. 28:30).
In Sister Clyde’s talk she says “Charity develops in us as we see ourselves moving in our lives from a “what’s in it for me” kind of love to the love of family and friends and, blessedly, beyond that to an awareness of our Lord’s unconditional love for us that tells us of our divine kinship with one another and with him. Such love, or charity, does not spring whole and steady in most lives, but it can come as we learn and grow and reach for ways to know God’s love.”
I love that so much! Because it basically explains how we can develop the ability to receive personal revelation or answers to our questions from the Lord in a way that is easier to digest.
It is a process! And we shouldn’t expect to receive all of our answers or counsel from the Lord in one visit. It will come line upon line, just like our rainbow jello. It’s learning through the process that the Lord is more than willing to share with us all the secrets of the universe and to all the little details in our lives.
So my challenge to you today is to remember that it’s totally a process. And even though sometimes the answers don’t seem to come in a timely manner, or on our time. They will definitely come BECAUSE, the Lord wants more than anything to give us all that we need and require to live a most joyous life. Maybe you can even try the rainbow jello recipe and if you do be sure to take a photo because you will want that one for years to come. And I would love to see it!
That’s all for today my friends. Have a great one, and we’ll do this all again tomorrow!