Your Sponsor Is Your Companion As You Walk With the Lord--He's Your Real Sponsor--as you come to trust His impressions and words to you. (See Elder Scott's April 2007 talk in conference.)
Good morning. Here's some thoughts sent back to one of my dear sisters in response to her "awakening" (hearing the Spirit of Truth testify a truth to her heart) that she didn't need to send an "appropriate" answer to her sponsor.
WooHoo!! It is so good to hear that the Truth led you to the truth that you don't have to be led by your sponsor, but rather she is your friend on the journey with you. It truly is your own one-on-one journey, most directly with the Lord. It's learning to trust Him in all things--including (and especially) [YOU]. That your heart isn't evil, and doesn't tend to seek evil, but to seek good continually. That was your original nature, before you fell among thieves (other deceived mortals, riveted with lies) and when you begin to believe in it again (the testimony of the Restoration concerning your true nature--that you are the literal offspring of Deity), and begin to pray to the Father in the Name of Christ, and receive the Father's administration to you through His Son Jesus, you can trust your counseling and conversing with Him. You can trust that He will interact with you so continually--through His light and through the Holy Spirit (who only speaks His--Christ's--word, . . . who, in turn, only speaks the Father's words)--that you can begin to count your life as amazing adventure through which you will come to know the goodness and mysteries (the things that were hard to understand.) of God.
Using the scriptures as a further "iron rod" to keep your thinking and personal pondering and likening straight and sure in His Word and Spirit--He will begin to counsel and comfort you as no other person or "voice,' no other source of testimony and guidance can. You've heard, "When the prophet speaks the debate is over." Whoever said that was making a statement that is true as far as it goes, but for the ordained and endowed Saint, it doesn't go far enough. The counsel of other mortals, even prophets and apostles (absolutely certain witnesses--and there many more than the 12 who administrate in SLC) . . . is good as far as it goes, but it is NOT the highest degree of leadership and testimony the prophet Joseph promised us in this newly restored religion based on DIRECT, personal, exquisitely intimate relationship and revelation with the Lord Jesus Christ Himself (and as one with our Father who He represents so perfectly that Abinadi and Benjamin both taught us He could be considered a Father [figure] to us.)
About working with a sponsor or being one
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