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How we are to know the will of the Lord in specific cases

Yesterday I was asked some sincere questions about how we are to know the will of the Lord in specific cases. It's a seemingly simple question, but I could not wade through the volumes of information God had taught me on the topic. This morning I inquired of the Lord, asking him how I am supposed to answer this type of question in less than a book.

He immediately replied:

"Heed and diligence. A person cannot know me better than they do if they do not first obey what they already know about me. It is both dishonest and ineffectual to seek to know more about me before deciding to obey all that I command. I have given man the power to obey all my commandments. While learning more about me is a process, obeying me is a choice. Effort in seeking to learn more about me will yield the greatest progress in a person who has already chosen to obey all that I have and all that I will command. If someone asks you this, tell them to first repent and obey everything they already know but do not do, and then they will find what they seek."


9 And now Alma began to expound these things unto him, saying: It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart only according to the portion of his word which he doth grant unto the children of men, according to the heed and diligence which they give unto him.

10 And therefore, he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word; and he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until he know them in full.

11 And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word until they know nothing concerning his mysteries; and then they are taken captive by the devil, and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell. (Alma 12)


It's interesting to watch my young kids complete a multi-step task, like building a model airplane. One child is not particularly meticulous. He reliably skips steps or is sloppy in performing them. Sure enough, 20 steps down the line, he comes to me for help because "it's not working." Reliably, we trace the problem down to skipping or sloppily performing one of the first steps.

The first step in the gospel is hearing the testimony of someone who knows him better than you do. The second step is deciding to obey all God has commanded that you know about, and everything you will later learn. For some reason, it is very hard to find a Christian who has performed this step.

It is so crucial that it is the substance of the baptismal covenant. 

The Holy Ghost will tell you all things that you should do. You won't have that channel if you haven't already repented by completely reconciling to what he has already told you. It's something that is continuous. I am writing this post right now instead of doing what I was going to do, because he told me to do it. We must do his will to the best of our knowledge at all times and in all places, even unto death, no exceptions.