Inquire of the Lord

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(This is an excerpt from 52 Life-Changing Questions from The Book of Mormon by Brad Wilcox and John Hilton III

We need to remember to inquire of the Lord. James Earl Campbell, a patriarch in the midwestern United States, was concerned about a situation that had surfaced. He counseled with the stake president, but they were both baffled. The patriarch had never encountered this type of problem before. In fact, he had never even heard of such a thing.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie had ordained Brother Campbell and invited him to call if he ever needed help. Knowing Elder McConkie’s busy schedule, Brother Campbell hesitated to make the call. But if ever there were a moment when he needed help, this was it. He called, and Elder McConkie greeted him warmly. The Apostle listened attentively and courteously, letting this patriarch explain the situation in great detail. He even asked questions to clarify certain points. Then, when the patriarch had finished, Elder McConkie said, “It looks like you need to take this to God. He will tell you what to do.” The two men said their good-byes.

Brother Campbell recalled, “At first, I was quite disappointed. I had hoped that Elder McConkie would be of more assistance.” Then the man pondered the conversation and realized that Elder McConkie had done him a great service.

Brother Campbell concluded, “This Apostle pointed me toward my Father in Heaven. In my rush to solve the problem I had turned to priesthood leaders and overlooked the ultimate priesthood leader. I knelt in prayer and soon a resolution to my unique problem presented itself.”

(John Hilton III and Brad Wilcox, 52 Life-Changing Questions from the Book of Mormon [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2013], 25–26).

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