Two weeks ago my husband and I studied Elder James Martino’s talk, “Turn to Him and Answers Will Come.” It is a wonderful talk from the October 2015 General Conference, and is probably one of my favorites…so far. This last week I studied President Uchtdorf’s talk, “It Works Wonderfully” another amazing talk. After reading and studying both of these talks, I felt the need to take a look at my life and evaluate it and take a personal or spiritual inventory of sorts. What am I really strong at? What things do I need to do better? What are some changes that could increase the Spirit in my life? Is there anything in my life that could be preventing me from having His spirit with me?
In Elder Martino’s talk he talked about Laman, Lemuel, and Nephi. All 3 of these men were born and raised by ‘goodly’ parents. Yet, they turned out so differently. Elder Martino points out that Laman and Lemuel’s “choices allowed them access to potentially faith-building experiences. They left their home and their riches. They suffered through wanderings in the wilderness. They eventually helped build the boat, and they agreed to journey to an unknown land. But did these actions build their faith? Nephi’s faith was made strong, but Laman and Lemuel grew more cynical and angry. These brothers even saw and heard an angel, but alas, they continued to doubt.“
And then we read Nephi’s question to his brothers in the Book of Mormon…
“How is it that ye do not keep the commandments of the Lord? How is it that ye will perish, because of the hardness of your hearts?
“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 [will] be made known unto you.”
My husband and I were able to discuss this talk together, and he asked the question…’Are we really like Nephi or are we more like Laman & Lemuel?’
Most of the times I just assumed I was more like Nephi, but when I really thought about it, I wasn’t so sure. We talked about the differences in our lives and Laman & Lemuel’s. We might not be asked to give up our home, land, and riches and go live in the wilderness for years. We probably will never be asked to build a boat and travel across the ocean to a strange land. BUT we are asked to do and NOT do many things. When we are asked to do something, do we complain and murmur just like Laman & Lemuel? Or do we say to our Heavenly Father, “I will go and do the thing that the Lord hath commanded.”
One thing my husband and I discusses was the TV shows we like to watch. In our home we don’t have cable or satellite, but we do have Netflix and Hulu. We just started watching a TV series that we really like. After discussing this talk we had to ask ourselves…
Is that TV show really a good show? Would we watch it in front of our children? Does it bring the Spirit into our home?
We’re not being asked to build a boat, but are we willing to give up worldly things like TV? Why is it so hard!?! I shared an experience with my husband that I had. Over Thanksgiving we decided to go to the movies. My Mom happened to be in town for the holiday, so she took the kids to see a movie, and my husband and I went to a movie that I really wanted to go see. I had read the books, and was so excited to see the final movie in the series. But as we walked out of the theater, after watching said movie, the 13th Article of Faith popped into my head…particularly this part:
“If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”
Was the movie we just watched virtuous, lovely or of good report? I quickly pushed the thought out of my head…because I knew what the answer was. I didn’t tell my husband about the thought either because I knew he wasn’t too thrilled about the movie choice. It wasn’t until a week or so later that I shared this thought/experience with him.
After we discussed many things like this, I brought up the idea of a ‘Self-Evaluation’. A way to look at our lives and see where we need to improve.
In Elder Uchtdorf’s talk, “It Works Wonderfully!”, he shared this:
“When it comes to spiritual truth, how can we know that we are on the right path?
One way is by asking the right questions—the kind that help us ponder our progress and evaluate how things are working for us.”
And one of my FAVORITE quotes from Elder Uchtdorf’s talk says,
“Sometimes we feel discouraged because we are not “more” of something—more spiritual, respected, intelligent, healthy, rich, friendly, or capable. Naturally, there is nothing wrong with wanting to improve. God created us to grow and progress. But remember, our weaknesses can help us to be humble and turn us to Christ, who will “make weak things become strong.” Satan, on the other hand, uses our weaknesses to the point that we are discouraged from even trying.
I learned in my life that we don’t need to be “more” of anything to start to become the person God intended us to become.
God will take you as you are at this very moment and begin to work with you. All you need is a willing heart, a desire to believe, and trust in the Lord.”
After reading both of these talks, I decided I really needed to do a self-evaluation…take a personal/spiritual inventory of myself, and start right where I’m at, and see how I can become a Nephi!
Take a Personal Inventory!
Do you feel the need to take a Personal Inventory? Today I am sharing a great printable to help you do just that! Here’s what to do.
1.) Print out my Personal Inventory Sheet.
2.) Read each statement and answer truthfully.
3.) Add up the score from each column. And then add up each of those to find out your TOTAL score.
4.) Lastly, write down a way that you can improve.
If you have a total score of 180, then you’re doing really well. But let’s be honest…I don’t think any of us will be scoring that. 🙂
I hope you enjoy my Personal Inventory, and take the time to do a self-evaluation. This would make a great FHE lesson, Relief Society lesson, a Sabbath Day activity, or to use for YM/YW. I would love to hear if you use it, so come back and leave me a comment.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!