- The Saints of God have always been under covenant to nourish each other spiritually, especially those tender in the gospel. We are blessed to live in a time when a great increase in that capacity to nourish new members of the Church must and therefore will be poured out upon the faithful Saints.
In order to nourish others, we need to have the Holy Ghost be our support.
- What we want with all our hearts will determine in large degree whether we can claim our right to the companionship of the Holy Ghost, without which there can be no spiritual nourishing. We can begin today to try to see those we are to nourish as our Heavenly Father sees them and so feel some of what He feels for them.
Many or scared or nervous about trying to reach out to others. They fear that their knowledge or testimony is not adequate to support to help others. This is why the Holy Ghost is so vital to us. Because without it, we are limited in what we can accomplish.
- It is wise to fear that our own skills are inadequate to meet the charge we have to nourish the faith of others. Our own abilities, however great, will not be enough. But that realistic view of our limitations creates a humility which can lead to dependence on the Spirit and thus to power.
We can learn from the examples of children and emulate what why do. Sometimes children can be our greatest examples of how to touch someone's soul.
- A child can do the things which will give us power to nourish the faith of others. Children could invite a recent convert to come with them to a meeting. Children could smile and greet a new member coming into a chapel or into a class. So can we. And as surely as we do, the Holy Ghost will be our companion. The fear of not knowing what to say and of being rejected will be taken from us. The newcomer will not appear to be a stranger to us. And the Holy Ghost will begin nourishing them even before we have spoken of gospel truths.
We don't need a specific calling to be an instrument in God's hands. We only need the help of the spirit to bring light to someone else.
- It does not require a calling more than being a member to nourish by reaching out in kindness. Every word we speak can strengthen or weaken faith. We need help from the Spirit to speak the words which will nourish and which will strengthen.
President Eyring points out that we can prepare for these opportunities and the spirit will be invited to be our helper when we study the scriptures and pray.
- There are two great keys to inviting the Spirit to guide what words we speak as we feed others. They are the daily study of the scriptures and the prayer of faith.
Concerning daily scripture study he says:
- The Holy Ghost will guide what we say if we study and ponder the scriptures every day. The words of the scriptures invite the Holy Spirit.
- We treasure the word of God not only by reading the words of the scriptures but by studying them. We may be nourished more by pondering a few words, allowing the Holy Ghost to make them treasures to us, than to pass quickly and superficially over whole chapters of scripture.
Concerning prayer he says:
- If we do not ask in prayer, He will rarely come, and without our petition He is not likely to linger. Heartfelt, constant pleading for the companionship of the Holy Ghost, with the pure intent to nourish our Father’s children, will surely bring blessings to us and to those we love and serve.
We are able to touch other peoples hearts when our own hearts have been touched by the promptings of the spirit. We will then be able to assist others to come unto Christ.
- It takes a childlike heart to feel the promptings of the Spirit, to surrender to those commands, and to obey. That is what it takes to be nourished by the good word of God.
We can be instruments in the Lord's hands to strengthen new converts and those coming back to the church.
- You and I can and will by small means be part of a great work. We will study and pray and serve to qualify for the companionship of the Holy Ghost. We will then be allowed to see the new members as precious, beloved children of our Heavenly Father, and we will be led to nourish them with love, with opportunity to serve, and with the good word of God.
- We can by simple obedience help the Lord to take the lambs, His lambs, into His hands and take them in His arms home to their Father and our Father. I know that God will pour out the powers of heaven upon us as we join in preserving that sacred harvest of souls.
We all have the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life if we seek to know what the Lord would have us say and do. Our ability to help others is limited by our human nature. But our ability is expanded when we seek the spirit, study the scriptures, pray for guidance, and act on the prompting we receive. We all have responsibilities to nourish those around us. It is my hope that we will all seek to know what the Lord needs from us, and prepare adequately to rise to the responsibility the Lord has for us.