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Following the promptings of the Holy Ghost is the most important skill a Latter-day Saint can learn in order to achieve salvation. Joseph Smith said, “Salvation cannot come without revelation; it is in vain for anyone to minister without it.”
How good are you at recognizing promptings from God? Give this quiz a shot and see how you do! And don’t worry if it gets confusing – we’ve provided lots of helpful hints so that you can cast away doubt and hear God’s voice!
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You’re finished! Listening to the Spirit can be hard! Keep improving, and one day you might go to Heaven, even though chances are you probably won’t! Good luck!
You get a prompting to take a 16 year old second wife without telling your first wife. Who told you to do this?
You’re right! You listened to the Holy Ghost.
Wrong. You are easily deceived.
HINT: President Hinckley said: “That’s the test, when all is said and done. Does it persuade one to do good, to rise, to stand tall, to do the right thing, to be kind, to be generous? Then it is of the Spirit of God.”
People accuse you of marrying multiple women. You feel that you should get together with some friends that also have multiple wives and issue public statement stating that you do not practice polygamy. Later, someone publishes incriminating information about you in a newspaper. Even though much of this information is true, you disagree with the author’s approach and worry it will disturb the peace. You feel prompted to destroy the printing press in an effort to suppress the information from getting out. Who told you to do this?
Right! You are following God!
You do not know how to recognize the Spirit!
D&C 121:37 – “When we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man.”
A black man comes to you and asks to receive the priesthood. The thought enters your mind that blacks are an inferior race and they aren’t ready to have the priesthood. You decided to ban all blacks from the priesthood and temple ordinances and look down on or excommunicate your followers who think you are wrong. Who told you to do this?
That’s right! You are doing God’s will!
You have been confused by Satan!
As you pray for inspiration, you should also confirm your feelings. For example, compare your decisions with the scriptures and the teachings of the prophets. Be certain that the feelings are consistent with the assignment you have; for example, you will not receive revelation to tell a local bishop how he should perform in his calling, or that a prophet is racist.
You study the scriptures and determine that you want to follow Jesus Christ completely. You read his instructions in multiple place to drink wine with the sacrament. You find no revelation that says we should stop using wine and decide to follow these scriptures. Who is telling you to do this?
You’re right, but he is wrong, and you aren’t following the Spirit
Nope. Satan is.
3 Nephi 18:8,13 – And it came to pass that when he said these words, he commanded his disciples that they should take of the wine of the cup and drink of it, and that they should also give unto the multitude that they might drink of it…But whoso among you shall do more or less than these are not built upon my rock, but are built upon a sandy foundation; and when the rain descends, and the floods come, and the winds blow, and beat upon them, they shall fall, and the gates of hell are ready open to receive them.
Your friend at school comes up to and asks you about an episode of South Park he saw. In it, Joseph Smith used a rock in a hat to get the words to the Book of Mormon from God. You have never learned this at Church, and you get an icky feeling when he was talking about it. What does that icky feeling mean?
Right! You are really good at recognizing Satan!
Nope! Don’t believe anti-Mormon lies!
Remember, the Spirit replaces darkness with light! God is not the author of confusion!
You have a friend that decided to become a Urantian. When you ask him why, he says that he discovered The Urantia Book, which is an additional witness to the Bible that teaches about God and Jesus. When he prayed to know if it was from God, he felt good and peaceful inside. He felt an overwhelming sense of love and then knew that The Urantia Book was true. You go online and find lots of sketchy history and serious concerns with this book and try to show him that he has been deceived. He gently informs you that those are anti-Urantian lies and that ultimately it was God that told him The Urantia Book was true, and patiently explains he couldn’t deny the good influence and peace it has brought into his life, and that a spiritual witness is more valid than a logical one. Who told him The Urantia Book was true?
No, because this witness doesn’t testify of the truth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so it is of Satan or a psychological phenomenon.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.