And I don’t think there’s anything wrong also with when you’re trying to figure out how he talks to you. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with just telling him, hey, I’m trying to figure out how you talk to me. Can you help me figure this out, you know, so that we can connect to you more? I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.
Hey, everyone, welcome back to Saints Unscripted today. We’re going to be talking about something, it’s like a fairly basic question, but also one that can be a little bit complicated sometimes. Yeah, I think we complicate it a little. I think we do. Yeah. And so the general question here that we’re going explore is how can we build a better relationship or even just a relationship with God or with our heavenly parents generally. So obviously, this will be a subjective episode with our opinions and whatnot.
And that’s kind of necessarily the case because there are a lot of different kinds of relationships like. Yeah, like your relationship might be different than mine and depending on how close you are already with God. Right. Like different things might work better for you at this stage in your relationship than other things. Right. And so if you guys have anything that that we miss, that we don’t mention that you think is important. Feel free to share it down in the comments because this is completely subjective and unscripted.
It’s just. Yeah. Whoa. So what do you guys think? That’s.
Well, David, why don’t you tell us what you think since since you are so willing to turn it on us? Well, perhaps I will tell you that perhaps I will as I buy myself time to get my thoughts together. Oh, no. I think I have a couple of pieces of advice. And obviously nobody has, you know, a perfect relationship with God. Everybody wants to improve their relationship with God. But in my experience, I think that I think, like you said, we overcomplicate it sometimes and we tend to like, think that it’s this.
We tend to forget that a lot of the same principles that apply to forming a relationship with, you know, regular people, you see every day, we tend to think that that’s somehow different than forming a relationship with God. I feel like. So obviously, if you want to form a better relationship with God, spend time with them, you know. Yeah, talk to him. Yeah. Practice. It’s pretty straightforward.
Like, you got to get to know someone by talking. Yeah. Seriously, it’s that applies to God as well.
Yeah. And then I think the other principal that has been important for me is learning to understand how God talks back.
That is so important. Absolutely.
So just like understanding like what revelation is, how it comes, how it can come, all the different forms of it, the difference between inspiration and revelation. And once you have a good understanding of that, because sometimes we totally just misunderstand what revelation is or maybe our expectations of revelation are are different than maybe what is generally the reality. So I think as you better understand those principles, your relationship with God can can grow much more easily.
Yeah. And I think that goes back to your first point, which is you have to spend time with God in order to figure out how God talks to you. Really, you just have to spend time in prayer. You have to spend time on your knees really opening up to him and opening yourself up to him. I think it’s it’s sometimes more difficult to be vulnerable than we realize, because how many people in the church, especially just like we thought, we have these phrases that we say when we’re praying that we kind of fall into make it comfortable because we don’t want to I don’t know, maybe we don’t want to be uncomfortable when we’re praying.
So we just kind of fall into these comfort phrases like thank you for this day, please bless that. We’ll have a good night’s sleep, will travel home safe. Like I say these things over and over again. And I don’t think it really quite. That’s not going to connect you with God as much as really expressing what you’re feeling. Yeah, being told that what you want to be. Yeah. Be vulnerable with God.
Yeah, totally. And I think that and like you were saying earlier, it’s really nothing different than like our everyday relationships with people, you know, like you can it’s it’s as easy as just talking with him and just telling him what’s troubling you. Tell him how to tell your day, where exactly he’s your heavenly father. Yeah, he wanted to know. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong also with when you’re trying to figure out how he talks to you.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with just telling him, hey, I’m trying to figure out how you talk to me. Can you help me figure this out, Victor?
Oh. I need your help.
You know, so that we can connect to you more, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that because it’s it can be hard to do that on your own, you know? And then that helps you connect with him.
And the scriptures say constantly to ask if God is always telling us to ask. And he wants you to implore him for four things, even if it’s just like, hey, is there anything that you want to tell me? And then just kind of wait and keep your eyes open, keep your feelings and your heart open.
And yeah, I think that we also there’s a place for the scriptures. Right. And definitely relationship. Totally. And the scriptures are a great way to maybe look back through history and kind of read about. Who God is right, and kind of see some of the the relationships that he had with. Yeah. Like looking at their relationships can help you understand, got a little bit more and help you build your relationship with him.
With me. I have seen the oppression of my people in Egypt.
It helps you understand a little bit maybe how God works and maybe how he doesn’t work. Yeah. So they can kind of help you manage your expectations for, you know, what this relationship is going to be right now. That’s not to say that the scriptures are the only way to understand. Yeah, God, because they’re not. But they’re a great source.
Yeah. They can definitely help. I think it’s also important to remember that you do not have to be a member of the LDS church. You don’t have to be really a member of any sort. You don’t have to belong to any sort of church just because you are still God’s child and he still wants to hear from you regardless. And so any absolutely anybody can speak to him. Right? Anybody can.
I will say, though, that of all of the organs, honestly, I think one of God’s main reasons for restoring his church was to teach us the most efficient means of connecting with him. I think that there are definitely like there’s a spectrum of effectiveness in terms of practices to connect and build a relationship with God, just like in real life.
Yeah, just like in real life. And it’s almost like this is purely a subjective, you know, opinion, because I’ve been in the church and I found it to be incredibly effective at building my relationship with God. I think that one of the reasons he established the church is so that we could get like, by the way, these things are surefire ways, like living the gospel will help you connect the most with God that I have experienced anyway.
I mean, it might be different for other people, but as far as I’m concerned, I feel like the church. But you don’t have to be a member of the church to connect with God. But I do feel like being a member of the church certainly helps. Yeah. And I think that having those principles in those those teachings helps, right? Sure.
And I think that even exploring other faiths, because because we are like we do have kind of a there’s kind of a Latter Day Saints culture. Right. And that might be geography specific, like maybe like Utah Latter-Day Saints culture is different than, you know, India Latter day Saints. Yeah, right. But exploring other faith cultures, I think can expose you to some interesting new ways of thinking about your relationship with God as well. And there’s some value there.
But building off of what you said, it’s also important to remember that there’s no worthiness. I mean, I guess worthiness I don’t want to put it that way, but God doesn’t think like, oh, you made you committed this sin. Don’t don’t talk like he’s not going you’re not allowed to do that. Yeah. Like, obviously you want to be you want to invite the Holy Ghost into your life. Yeah. You want that to be a constant presence.
Yeah. But at the same time, like if you’re trying to reach out to God, he’s not going to give you the silent treatment. Right. Like he’s not going to be like emotionally abusive towards you. That doesn’t mean that he’s going to just respond immediately. Right. All your dreams are going to come true if you vote for me.
All of your wildest dreams come true. And I do think there are times when even though we’re trying to reach out to God, but emotionally we’re not even. But we may think that we are, but we’re not quite receptive. We’re not in a right state of mind or right, you know, state of heart, so to speak, to receive that, to hear him. And so he may not like you may not hear his responses. That doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t be responding if you were in a right mindset.
That makes sense.
Yeah, he’s going to do what’s best for you. And if you a little bit of silence is best for you so you can work things out on your own, then then that’s that’s that.
But that’s all part of learning to trust him. Building the relationship is how you learn to. That’s so true. That’s all part of the game. The relationship between classes. Yeah. All right, guys, we want to hear your opinions. Please let us know how you have built a relationship with your heavenly father or your heavenly parents. Let us let us know some of your tips and tricks so that we can try it out. Make sure to subscribe to the channel if you haven’t yet and have a great day.