My Soul Hungered – Enos 1:3-4

3 Behold, I went to hunt beasts in the forests; and the words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life, and the joy of the saints, sunk deep into my heart.
4 And my soul hungered; and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens.
(Enos 1:3-4)

Moroni promised that God will reveal the truth to us if we will pray “with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ” (Moroni 10:4-5). In the passage above, Enos describes a time when he prayed that way. He tells us that his father’s words “sunk deep into [his] heart” and that his “soul hungered.” His sincere desire to receive an answer is evidenced by the length of his prayer: all day and into the night. And he did receive the answer he sought.

Enos’s experience reminds me of the experience shared by Clayton Christensen, a professor at the Harvard Business School. Many years ago, when he was a student at Oxford University, he decided that he needed to know whether the Book of Mormon was the word of God:

I had read the Book of Mormon, until that point, seven times in my life, and in each of the seven times I had gotten to the end of the book and had knelt in prayer and had asked God to tell me if it was true, and I had gotten no answer. And I realized, as I thought through why I hadn’t gotten an answer, that each of the previous seven times, I had read it on an assignment, either from my parents or a BYU instructor or my mission president or a seminary teacher, and my objective was to finish the book. But this time I just desperately needed to know for myself if the Book of Mormon was true. To that point in my life I had sustained myself on a belief in many of the doctrines of the church and in the trust of my parents because I knew they knew it was true, and I trusted my parents. But finally when I arrived at Oxford, for the first time in my life I just desperately needed to know if it was true (“Decisions for Which I’ve Been Grateful,” BYU Idaho Devotional, June 8, 2004).

Acting on this desire, Clayton decided to dedicate one hour every evening to studying the Book of Mormon and praying to know if it was true. His answer didn’t come immediately, but after a number of days, he received a clear answer to his prayer.

Today, I will follow the examples of Enos and Clayton Christensen and pray with real intent. I won’t be able to pray all day or even for an hour, but I will remember that the depth and sincerity of my desire, coupled with my faith in Jesus Christ, will enable me to receive the answers I seek.

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