Monday, October 11, 2010

Mind and Heart

Today I have been reading and studying for my institute class that I teach tomorrow night. I ran across something that I really liked and thought I would share...

Doctrine and Covenants 8:2
"Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart."
We are taught of two major ways, among others, in which the Holy Ghost communicates with us, namely, in our mind and in our heart. There is a difference between the two. In a stake presidents training meeting in the fall of 2000, Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve explained that "heart" deals with general feelings and impressions,
whereas "mind" refers to specific thoughts and instruction.

In other words, "heart" is general and "mind" is very specific. He went on to teach us that an impression to the heart, WHEN FOLLOWED, will lead to more specific instruction to the mind.
Elder Scott used Enos, in the Book of Mormon, as an example. He pointed out that in Enos 1:3, tender feelings about the words and instructions from his father, over the years, sunk deep into Enos' heart. Then in Enos 1:4, Enos acted upon those feelings and left his hunting and turned to God in humble prayer. As a result, very specific teachings and instructions came into his mind.
I just loved that thought... I hope that we will ACT upon the feelings that come to our HEART so that more specific direction can come into our minds!
PS As I sat in the front room studying it was an awesome sight/feeling as my 19 year old son, Dallin who is preparing for his mission (leaves Dec. 7), sat in the office watching conference! I am so grateful for the gospel in our home... and for wonderful children who strive to keep the commandments!


Cherie said...

I never thought about it in quite this way. I have always thought of the heart as emotional (and therefore not always leading to rational thought) but I can see how this makes sense from a Gospel perspective.
Great insight!
I too am grateful for the Gospel in our home and for children who often understand these principles much better than I do. They are chosen!

Joy For Your Journey said...

I love this! I have thought a lot about hearts and their role in learning and receiving revelation, but I haven't ever put anything down in specific words (so I guess I haven't acted on my feelings). I appreciate you putting your thoughts down for me to read and ponder as well.

Lisa Loo said...

I'm with Cherie. Lovely insight and a nice way to spend my day--pondering on great things! Your son sounds very special----thanx for sharing!

Scrappy Girl said...

Wonderful thoughts.

Hilary said...

That is an interesting way to think of it...