5 And he said unto them: Behold, I, Samuel, a Lamanite, do speak the words of the Lord which he doth put into my heart; and behold he hath put it into my heart to say unto this people that the sword of justice hangeth over this people; and four hundred years pass not away save the sword of justice falleth upon this people.
6 Yea, heavy destruction awaiteth this people, and it surely cometh unto this people, and nothing can save this people save it be repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ, who surely shall come into the world, and shall suffer many things and shall be slain for his people.
7 And behold, an angel of the Lord hath declared it unto me, and he did bring glad tidings to my soul. And behold, I was sent unto you to declare it unto you also, that ye might have glad tidings; but behold ye would not receive me.
After being rejected and sent home by the residents of Zarahemla, Samuel was directed by the Lord to “return again, and prophesy unto the people whatsoever things should come into his heart” (Helaman 13:3). He didn’t yet know what he would say, but he was commanded to go, trusting that he would know what he should say when it was time. He had originally brought a message of “glad tidings” which he had received from an angel of God. But now, after being rejected and driven out, he was inspired by the Lord to deliver a more stern message: if they did not repent, they would be destroyed.
Last April, Elder Ronald A. Rasband encouraged us to listen more carefully to the inspiration we each receive through the Holy Ghost:
President Monson has taught, “As we pursue the journey of life, let us learn the language of the Spirit.” The Spirit speaks words that we feel. These feelings are gentle, a nudge to act, to do something, to say something, to respond in a certain way. If we are casual or complacent in our worship, drawn off and desensitized by worldly pursuits, we find ourselves diminished in our ability to feel (“Let the Holy Spirit Guide,” General Conference, April 2017).
Elder Rasband encouraged us to be “spiritual first responders” by acting on the first prompting we receive from the Spirit:
We must be confident in our first promptings. Sometimes we rationalize; we wonder if we are feeling a spiritual impression or if it is just our own thoughts. When we begin to second-guess, even third-guess, our feelings—and we all have—we are dismissing the Spirit; we are questioning divine counsel. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that if you will listen to the first promptings, you will get it right nine times out of ten (Ibid.).
Today, I will listen to the voice of the Spirit of the Lord. I will pay attention to my feelings and strive to detect when God is telling me to do or say something. When I receive a spiritual impression, I will act upon it immediately, instead of second- or third-guessing my feelings, so that I don’t miss out on the service Heavenly Father wants me to perform.