19 And ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood; yea, your sacrifices and your burnt offerings shall be done away, for I will accept none of your sacrifices and your burnt offerings.
20 And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost, even as the Lamanites, because of their faith in me at the time of their conversion, were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and they knew it not.
(3 Nephi 9:19-20)
In order to receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, we must offer “a broken heart and a contrite spirit” to the Savior. We need to ensure that our hearts are pliable and adaptable in order to allow the Spirit to work with us. As Sister Neill F. Marriott taught in General Conference last weekend:
Paradoxically, in order to have a healed and faithful heart, we must first allow it to break before the Lord…. The result of sacrificing our heart, or our will, to the Lord is that we receive the spiritual guidance we need (“Yielding Our Hearts to God,” General Conference, October 2015).
Sister Marriott taught us to pray for forgiveness of our sins when we partake of the sacrament. Then, she suggested that we ask the question, “Father, is there more?” When our desire is to submit our will completely to His, we can receive the guidance we need in order to achieve our potential.
This weekend, as I prepare to attend church and partake of the sacrament, I will pray to know what I need to repent of. I will offer to my Heavenly Father a broken heart and a contrite spirit so that He can help me to progress and overcome my weaknesses.
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