"We have succeeded fairly well in teaching Latter-day Saints that they should take care of their own material needs and then contribute to the welfare of those who cannot provide for themselves... The principle of self-reliance or personal independence is fundamental to a happy life. In too many places, in too many ways, we are getting away from it.
The substance of what I want to say is this: The same principle - self-reliance - has application to the spiritual and to the emotional. We have been taught to store a year’s supply of food, clothing, and, if possible, fuel - at home. There has been no attempt to set up storerooms in every chapel. We know that in a crunch our members may not be able to get to the chapel for supplies.
Can we not see that the same principle applies to inspiration and revelation, the solving of problems, to counsel, and to guidance? We need to have a source of it stored in every home, not just in the bishop’s office.
If we do not do that, we are quite as threatened spiritually as we should be were we to assume that the Church should supply all material needs. Unless we use care, we are on the verge of doing to ourselves emotionally (and therefore spiritually) what we have been working so hard for generations to avoid materially.
We seem to be developing an epidemic of counselitis which drains spiritual strength from the Church... It is very serious! ... We have become very anxious over the amount of counseling that we seem to need in the Church. Our members are becoming dependent."
"You can no more force the Spirit to respond than you can force a bean to sprout, or an egg to hatch before its time. You can create a climate to foster growth; you can nourish, and protect; but you cannot force or compel: You must await the growth." Boyd K. Packer (Ensign, Jan. 1983, p. 53.)
"Instead of our being commanded in all things, we are given a pattern in all things. The choice to use these safe paths is ours. God help us to follow his patterns and reap the rewards he has in store for the obedient". Elder Marvin J Ashton. ("A Pattern in All Things,” Ensign, Nov 1990, 20)
If meetings "are not strengthening the faith of the sisters, if they are not helping them prepare for the blessings of eternal life, then why are they being held?"
"It is time to get out of the entertainment business and into the business of salvation."
"You will receive the help of the Holy Spirit as you focus on essentials and will be given the courage to forgo the frivolous." Julie B. Beck, “What Latter-day Saint Women Do Best: Stand Strong and Immovable,” Ensign, Nov 2007, 109–12
"Prayer is your personal key to heaven. The lock is on your side of the veil." Boyd K. Packer (Nov 1994 General Conference)
"Everything in your life is affected by your own inner experience. It matters very little what is outside you, for everything outside is a reflection of your state of consciousness. It matters very much what is within you, for everything in the world is colored by this accordingly." James Allen (As A Man Thinketh)
Our current Bishop is the nephew to Elder Bednar (they could also perhaps be about the same age.) Elder Bednar is the youngest brother to Bishop Bednar's father (deceased). Bishop Bednar arranged a golfing PPI for our new Stake President with Elder Bednar. President Strong related part of the interview.
President Strong asked the question about how to tell the difference between a prompting from the Spirit or something that just comes to your mind that you do. Elder Bednar gave these two examples.
1. When he was a young missionary one of his assignments was to take then Elder and Sister Packer to the train station and help them board for the next leg of their journey. He said as the train was about to pull out that he asked President Packer if he had any German money. President Packer replied that he did not so Elder Bednar gave him a 20-mark note that was in his pocket. He didn't think anything of the exchange or remember it until many years later when they met again and President Packer told him the rest of the story: slipping the 20-mark note into his passport to get Sister Packer back on the train (President Packer recently spoke about this here: http://lds.org/liahona/2009/06/the-20-mark-note?lang=eng).
2. When Elder Bednar was Stake President and presiding over a Stake priesthood leadership meeting he noticed a particular Elder's Quorum president walk in an sit down and thought about their sons who were an hour away playing in a championship basketball game. He wrestled with the idea of going to the game, especially because most of the men attending the meeting had traveled great distances. He leaned over and asked his counselor if he could handle the meeting. The counselor replied that he could. Then Elder Bednar proceeded to walk down to the EQ Pres. and asked him to come with him as they would be having a PPI on the way to go and watch their sons play. Elder Bednar felt "guilty" about the situation, until couple of months later when the EQ Pres. called to thank him for the inspiration to go and watch the game that night. His son had been killed in an accident and it was the last time he was able to see him play. (this expereience is also reference here in the Church news)
After giving these examples of inspiration or your own mind Elder Bednar posed the question again and said "it doesn't matter". If we are trying to live the will of the Lord it will be the same. We have the gift of the Holy Ghost and have perhaps for most of our lives (if baptized at 8 years) and we have become accustomed to it, perhaps even take it for granted. It has become so subtle that we often don't even recognize that it is the Spirit.
Boyd K. Packer, "Prayer and Promptings," Ensign, Nov. 2009, 45
“Temple. One other word is equal in importance to a Latter-day Saint. Home. Put the words holy temple and home together, and you have described the house of the Lord!”
Boyd K. Packer, “The Temple, the Priesthood,” Ensign, May 1993, 20–