It seemed, at first, that “improvisation” is what today was about.
At work, my “host” who would help me present a webinar to the customers couldn’t make it. I had to quickly adjust and handle both the roles of host (running the behind-the-scenes technical side and moderation of the comments) and presenter. All at once, before a live studio audience.
Later that day, I walked into a training room and discovered that the projector wasn’t projecting. After fiddling with that for some time, I adjusted my plan and used a program to share my screen with the others in the group.
At home, I put my handyman skills to use and replaced a dead bolt and door knob. It should have been easy (the box said so!). I found again that I had to adjust and improvise until I could discover how it really worked and why it was not fitting. Eventually I got it installed.
I was feeling confident in my own abilities by the end of the day.
And then this evening, I opened to the first verse in this chain below. I read it, and then looked up the rest of the verses by following cross-references listed in the footnotes. It sounded like the Lord was trying to teach me something tonight – that even though improvisation has a place, don’t always be be too quick to always rely on my own self and improvisation…
From Nephi: “If ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do.” (Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 32:5)
The words of Jesus: “And blessed are the Gentiles, because of their belief in me, in and of the Holy Ghost, which witnesses unto them of me and of the Father.” (Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 16:6)
From Moroni: “But he that believeth these things which I have spoken, him will I visit with the manifestations of my Spirit, and he shall know and bear record. For because of my Spirit he shall know that these things are true; for it persuadeth men to do good.” (Book of Mormon | Ether 4:11)
Speaking to missionaries: “And it shall be given thee from the time thou shalt go, until the time thou shalt return, what thou shalt do.” (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 28:15)
And finally, what was Noah preaching before the flood? “Believe and repent of your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, even as our fathers, and ye shall receive the Holy Ghost, that ye may have all things made manifest.” (Pearl of Great Price | Moses 8:24)