I think many of the blessing we receive come because of what we did in the pre-mortal existence…even on the day to day type things.
I don’t think all blessings received here are as directly connected or linked to a specific activity as we sometimes assume. Some blessing come because of our parents, some because of other family members, some because of the prayers of others…on both sides of the veil, some by our actions – keeping a commandment- here, some because of certain activities we did before we got here.
Enjoy it now, it may not always be that way.
Don | Email | Homepage | 01.04.05 – 2:15 pm | #
I try to stick to what has been said by the brethren on this one. Whenever they say that I will get such-and-such a blessing for doing such-and-such commandments, then so be it. For everything else…yeah, good luck. Sometimes the Holy Ghost has confirmed to me that because I’m keeping a certian commandment then I’m getting this certian blessing. However, like you, many commandments and blessings are more ambiguously manifested. I chalk those up to “I’ll find out later.”
Bret | Email | Homepage | 01.05.05 – 10:26 pm | #
For me, the blessings of small daily acts such as scripture reading and praying are generally most obvious over time, or “in the long run” — not on any immediate basis.
I tend to agree with you, Rusty, in that neglecting a specific good act may actually end in receiving blessings, but of course I wouldn’t say the blessings are a direct result. (Then again, I don’t know — would Heavenly Father actively bless us for NOT doing something we should?…) I would also bet that there IS a direct correlation between your greater general happiness since studying the scriptures, though you may not see it because you’re watching the daily correlations rather than the yearly or lifelong ones.
A few years ago an event triggered my sudden decline in scripture study. As each day passed with my either not reading at all or giving it only a half-hearted attempt, I thought, “See? Nothing terrible has happened; Life is still good! I guess I can get by with less time and devotion dedicated to the scriptures.” Of course over time as I considered how I felt spiritually, I knew I was wanting — especially compared to how I felt when my scripture study had been true spiritual feasting. I can’t say now that I’m perfect at studying my scriptures, but I do remember that lesson and how our veering off course often happens slowly, one degree at a time.
Amy | Email | Homepage | 01.07.05 – 11:56 am | #
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