President Joseph Fielding Smith gave this admonition:Don't be deceived by those teaching rebellion, claiming that the Church now lacks the Spirit. Pay more attention in your sacrament meetings, in your scripture study, in reading Preach My Gospel (the guide for missionary work), and in your listening to LDS Conference. Pay more experience to your own experiences as you obey the commandments and do your duty in serving others and praying for their welfare. We live in an age of miracles--don't miss the excitement.
“Today we are troubled by evil-designing persons who [endeavor] … to destroy the testimonies of members of the Church, and many … are in danger because of lack of understanding and because they have not sought the guidance of the Spirit. … It is a commandment from the Lord that members … be diligent … and study … the fundamental truths of the gospel. … Every baptized person [can] have an abiding testimony. … but [it] … will grow dim and eventually disappear [without] … study, obedience, and diligent seeking to know and understand the truth” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1963, p. 22).
Here are some resources from recent LDS Conferences to consider:
- "The Spirit of Revelation" - Elder David A. Bednar
- "That We May Always Have His Spirit to Be with Us" - - Elder David A. Bednar
- "Teaching After the Manner of the Spirit" - Matthew O. Richardson
- "Teaching with the Power and Authority of God" - David M. McConkie
- "Drawing Closer to God" - Elder Terence M. Vinson (I like the miracle of the rain told here)
As a quorum member, as a home teacher, and as a missionary, you cannot help people repair spiritual damage unless your own faith is vibrant. That means far more than reading the scriptures regularly and praying over them. The prayer in the moment and quick glances in the scriptures are not preparation enough. The reassurance of what you will need comes with this counsel from the 84th section of the Doctrine and Covenants: “Neither take ye thought beforehand what ye shall say; but treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man.”
That promise can be claimed only if we “treasure up” the words of life and do it continually.