This journal entry was written by Michele at the beginning of her first week studying Act in Doctrine, a new book written by Elder David Bednar.
I know that this book is coming at a perfect time for me because I feel like I need so much guidance in my life right now. I don’t have huge questions about the gospel and I don’t doubt that the Lord has a plan for me, but I have a lot of decisions to make and I want to be sure that I am going in the direction the Lord would have me go. In preparing to read Act in Doctrine, I haven’t been completely sure of what to expect; however, in just reading the preface and a couple pages in the first chapter, already things are clicking in my head. I’m realizing that this book is full of new things for me to learn and also contains things that I need to remember.
Sometimes I forget the importance of certain truths in my life and, in this chapter, I’m quickly being reminded of the importance of the Holy Ghost. In the preface, I learned that it’s rather useless to learn a doctrine if I’m not applying it to my life and acting in a way that shows I have faith in it. But how do I ensure that as I put forth more effort to increase in learning, that not only my mind is affected but that my actions are affected as well?
The very first sentence of chapter one begins to answer that question, “As we seek for the companionship of the Holy Ghost and strive faithfully to fulfill our personal responsibility to ‘increase in learning,’ we more consistently ‘act in doctrine.’” That meant to me that if I am consistently seeking the companionship of the Holy Ghost in my learning, then when I walk away from my desk, the Holy Ghost will stay with me and be there to prompt me on my actions and remind me of the things I’ve learned.
Because the Spirit can influence my actions so effectively, I need to make the companionship of the Holy Ghost a goal. Elder Bednar writes on page two, “As disciples of the Savior, we are not merely striving to know more; rather, we need to consistently do more of what we know is right and become better.” I know that the Holy Ghost is my ultimate teacher. He is the one that will teach me what is right and help me discover what I need to do to become better. As I learn this, He will help me remember it and prompt me to do it, so eventually I can be better and be more like the Savior.