Easter Sunday was a ‘defining moment’ in my life

I remember listening to hear what guidance President Russell M. Nelson might give in the Sunday morning session of the 2018 April general conference. It didn’t take long before he provided his first piece of prophetic counsel that morning. It was quickly followed by another and another — and another.

I was writing as fast as I could but couldn’t keep up. I managed to record several precious nuggets, but by the time he finished his talk I was left with two thoughts. First, I was going to make that Easter Sunday a “defining moment” in my life. Second, I was going to access the transcript of his talk as soon as it was available to identify everything he asked me to do.

The Lord conveyed more than a dozen messages through his prophet in that one talk alone. I created what I call a “PLTFR Journal” to help me remember much of the talk.

Kurt Manwaring’s “PLTFR Journal.” The acronym helps him remember the prophet’s counsel to “pray,” “listen,” record his “thoughts” and “feelings,” and “repeat” the process.

P: “’Pray’ in the name of Jesus Christ about your concerns, your fears, your weaknesses — yes, the very longings of your heart.”

L: “Listen!”

T: “Write the ‘thoughts’ that come to your mind.”

F: “Record your ‘feelings’ and follow through.”

R: “Repeat.”

“As you repeat this process day after day, month after month, year after year, you will ‘grow into the principle of revelation,’” said President Nelson.

I have begun to see this promise fulfilled in my life and am anxious to learn more at the 2018 October general conference.

This originally appeared in the Deseret News and LDS Church News in October 2018. 

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