I once knew a person who had a special experience with the Lord, they heard His voice, saw Him standing near them, but they could not see past the light surrounding Him. They were so disappointed they could not see His face. The vision was very powerful, filled with great light and love and was an anchor to their testimony. They knew it was real, but asked, “Why could I not see Him?” I responded, “Did you ask to hold His hand?”
Often the Lord gives us spiritual witnesses in degrees according to our faith. But, what does that mean? How much faith is required? Am I not doing all that is asked? The definition I use for “great faith” is seeking revelation and acting upon it. We go through a process of ascending one hill at a time until we reach the summit.
Are you seeking to know Him, and love Him to a greater degree than ever before? What are your motives? Is it to be His servant or to gratify a curiosity? Are you patient in this journey trusting in Him? You know, most will give up and needlessly wait until the next life before they come to Him. What are you doing now to prepare to meet Him?
The Lord has taught us His Gospel, which we refer to as the Doctrine of Christ. He has described to us the path that leads to Eternal Life. We read in the Book of Mormon about this path as it is described by many of the prophets and then given to us in great detail in 3 Nephi, chapters 11-12.
But then, as we grow in our faith we seek to know Him more intimately, and the promise is that we shall find Him.
The first time I went beyond the vision and had the full experience with my Lord it was overwhelming, yet profoundly gentle. As I approached Him I did not walk up and face Him directly. I came and bowed myself down and held His hands, I touched His feet, and then I rose up and embraced Him. I looked toward his face and saw the side of it. He was taller than me. He had a soft smile. I then stood before Him in all His radiance! It was a gradual progression of intimacy. This has been the process from the beginning. We grow in the relationship, line upon line, until we can know Him, and ask our questions, and receive the needed blessings. This is the destiny of every person who will receive Eternal Life, and then it feels like its just the beginning!