A Common Weakness

The failure to ask questions is a spiritual weakness.

In the Book of Mormon after Jesus had spoken to the people he said,

“I perceive that ye are weak, that ye cannot understand all my words which I am commanded of the Father to speak unto you at this time. Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again.” 3 Nephi 17:2-3

What does it mean to “understand?” According to the etymology of the word it means to investagate, examine, and scrutinize. The people were not asking questions, the kind that would open the door to more knowledge. All of us only learn from the Spirit according to what we seek, ask, knock, and are willing to understand – and that rarely comes from books.

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10 Responses to A Common Weakness

  1. Karla says:

    I love this! It reminds me of when Laman and Lemuel were sitting around complaining because they did not understand their father’s vision. “And it came to pass that I beheld my brethren, and they were disputing one with another concerning the things which my father had spoken unto them.”
    3 For he truly spake many great things unto them, which were hard to be understood, {save a man should inquire of the Lord;} and they being hard in their hearts, therefore they did not look unto the Lord as they ought.”
    They did not look unto the Lord, they didn’t ask, therefore they were weak.
    Nephi tells them to have faith and ask, believing, and asking:
    11 Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said?–If ye will not harden your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you.
    And it is exactly what happened to Nephi, because he exercised faith and went to the Lord with questions:
    1 For it came to pass after I had desired to know the things that my father had seen, and believing that the Lord was able to make them known unto me, as I sat pondering in mine heart I was caught away in the Spirit of the Lord, yea, into an exceedingly high mountain, which I never had before seen, and upon which I never had before set my foot.

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  2. J B says:

    To ask is to believe. When there is lack of belief often it is because we are not asking. I love the exchange from what became the inquisitive woman at the well. She was willing to believe which her belief prompted questions which brought answers which motivated change! The religious status quo at that time more than not were overly self assured / lacking the attribute to be easily entreated etc because in their eyes they had arrived… to actually see with their eyes or hear with their ears or understand with their heart would have brought healing and conversion. Too often we trifle with the word of God / don’t believe the promises there in contained and cease asking questions as a result. The reasons of why we do this today parallel the reasons why they did it anciently. Yes?

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  3. Donald says:

    What kinds of questions should one ask?

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  4. I find that when I prayerfully ponder the Spirit points me in the direction of what to ask. I write down my questions and go from there, but I always come to the Lord with questions.

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  5. Peter Taylor says:

    Not asking questions truly is a weakness, a false belief that I have held on for too long, thinking that scriptural osmosis is enough. I love this site, truths shared here resonate with my whole being – thanks everyone, especially PR, for sharing. The truths shared on this site have been answers to my prayers, mentoring me through this process of how to rekindle the flame of glory that resides within my soul, and to lay hold on the blessings promised to me in my patriarchal blessing.

    I think of Nephi’s brotherly probing of his unbelieving siblings, who couldn’t understand how the Lord would reveal such to anyone, especially them. 1 Nephi 15:3, “Have ye inquired of the Lord?” If that question were directed towards me, I believe I would have to say that I have sadly severely neglected asking the Lord, thinking that if He wanted to reveal something to me, that he would smack me upside the head. What a sad statement, as I’m learning how anxious and willing the Lord is to share with us. I need to repent for not seeking to, as Pres Nelson says, be taught directly by the Lord, the source of all truth.

    Oh how I desire to recall the light and knowledge given to me before I came to this earth… not to consume it on my lusts, but to let these truths enlighten my soul so that I can radiate this light… and help bring souls to Christ, and to be become a valuable player on his His team as he consummates the effort during the thousand years of peace, which hopefully is right around the corner!

    Gosh, now that I am pondering, there are so many questions that I have! I am determined to go to my prayer closet tomorrow early AM with a sincere desire to listen to what the Lord would have me ask; and then ask with faith to seek new revelation, with the determination to act on it!

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  6. Nate says:

    I remember reading on your blog that the angels of heaven envy our ability to exercise faith creatively and uniquely…. what did you mean exactly?
    Cains unique offering of vegetables wasnt honored by the Lord… what creative acts of faith are honored by the Lord and what isnt?

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  7. It means that we are able to live unique lives of sacrifice. When we do things in faith in Christ’s name, it is considered an epic experience in the Heavens. Sometimes people do such amazing sacrifices for the Lord that the angels stand in amazement and envy the opportunity to do the same.

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  8. teleokolob says:

    This statement is puzzling to me: “When we do things in faith in Christ’s name, it is considered an epic experience in the Heavens.” I’d always supposed they could do likewise; no?
    Or is it more a matter that there, it will be expected, while here, in a veiled, less-than-the-dust state, where it’s not expected to be the norm, (carnality seems to be the standard expectation on a telestial world), it actually is impressive to rise above our nature?

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  9. Like a rare jewel, faith in the temporal realm is a rare occurance. It requires a mind and heart beyond this world. Faith in itself is the most important attribute of the heavenly realm and can only be developed and refined by our experiences here. Our acts of great faith inspire the angels and they study our lives. When I say faith it is more than belief or indurance. Im talking about events that transpire because we seek after the Lord, receive revelation, and act upon it with great courage.

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  10. MRR says:

    PR wrote: “When we do things in faith in Christ’s name, it is considered an epic experience in the Heavens”

    QUESTION: Is it epic in the Angels’ opinion because to do things in faith in Christ’s name is so difficult—- due to the obvious pull of the natural man? Why is it epic?

    Why is it such a big deal that they would study our lives? [From the struggle comes all that is beautiful in the eternities. Nothing is more beautiful than a unique life in Christ. PR]

    Honestly? You know what I wish for PR? I wish there were some sort of a ***YOU ARE BEING CELESTIALLY EPIC*** meter that I could tap into and see how epic my life rates right now, how it has rated in the past and what I need to do to redline that meter in the very near future. [We all have the seeds of greatness within us. The more we open ourselves to the Lord in faith, the more we reach those level of “epicness.” As we move through the Everlasting Covenant the potential to do so increases exponentially. PR]

    I have a super competitive personality that would do well with such a meter.

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