Incline Your Ear

In the 55th chapter of Isaiah, we receive important instructions about listening to messages from God: "Incline your ear, and come unto me," He says, "hear, and your soul shall live" (Isaiah 55:3). Listening requires intentional effort. We need to eliminate distractions and focus our attention on His words. "Seek ye the Lord while he may be found," says... Continue Reading →

Smooth Things

Isaiah reproved the children of Israel for being unwilling to hear hard things. He said they were the type of people who would "say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things." In contrast, they would request the easy stuff: "Speak unto us smooth things, prophecy deceits" (Isaiah... Continue Reading →


When King Benjamin called his people together near the end of his life, he began his sermon by urging them to listen carefully to what he had to say: I have not commanded you to come up hither to trifle with the words which I shall speak, but that you should hearken unto me, and... Continue Reading →

How Can I Be a Better Listener?

Today, I pondered what I can do to be a better listener. Here are some relevant guidelines taught by the Book of Mormon: 1. Recognize your own limitations and prepare yourself to participate fully in the interaction. When Nephi returned to his family's camp after seeing a vision, he found his brothers "disputing one with... Continue Reading →

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