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Simple Principles: The Power of God

In order to work, a flashlight needs a power source.   For most flashlights, the power source required is a battery.  If the flashlight has a battery that doesn’t work, it will provide no light.  If the flashlight has a weak battery, it may provide a little light, but the amount of light produced will be very limited.  However, if a flashlight has a strong battery – one that is fully charged – it will give light equal to its capacity.

 

Each one of us is like a flashlight.  There are certain things that we must do that will enable us to share the power and light within us to those around us.  As we engage in activities that strengthen our relationship with God, we recharge our spiritual battery.  Thus, the power that we have within us is God’s power.  When we use His power respectfully, we are a light to all who will see.

 

Every one of Heavenly Father’s children has access to His power.  It can be felt and experienced every day as we strive to live according to His commandments and the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

 

Heavenly Father’s power for men, the Priesthood, enables them to fulfill their divine missions here on the earth.  The Priesthood is available to all men who are worthy of it.  When a man is worthy of his Priesthood power, he is able to do all things that Heavenly Father requires of him in his roles as a friend, brother, father, church leader, etc.

 

Women have access to God’s power to assist them in fulfilling their divine missions as well.  “[F]or there are many gifts, and to every man [and woman] is given a gift by the Spirit of God” (Doctrine and Covenants 46:11).  These gifts are available to all of God’s children.  Such gifts include, but are not limited to, speaking in tongues, prophesying, and healing.  Regardless of gender, if an individual is worthy of God’s power, they have the right to ask for the appropriate gifts to utilize that power within the bounds of their divine life missions, to shine their light in the lives of others.  “He [or she] that asketh in the Spirit asketh according to the will
of God; wherefore it is done even as he [or she] asketh” (Doctrine and Covenants 46:30).

 

Within the first meetings of the organization of the Relief Society, President Joseph Smith taught that we should heed “the commission given to the ancient apostles ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature’ (Mark 16:15). — no matter who believeth; these  signs, such as healing the sick, casting out devils, etc. should follow all that believe whether male or female.  He asked the Society if they could not see by this sweeping stroke, that  wherein they are ordained, it is the privilege of those set apart to administer in that authority which is conferred on them— and if the sisters should have faith to heal the sick, let all hold their tongues, and let every thing roll on” (Nauvoo RS Minute Book, p.36).  Our faith grants us access to God’s power.

 

As we each honor our roles as divine sons and daughters of God, we gain greater power and light in our lives.  “[A]nd he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.” (Doctrine and Covenants 50:24)  May we all seek to develop our relationship with our Father in Heaven, that we may have greater faith, greater power for good, and greater love for God and all of His children.

 

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