Dr. Jane Lassetter, associate professor of the BYU College of Nursing recently spoke at BYU Women’s Conference about the relationship between covenant keeping and personal revelation.
Lassetter began her remarks with the story of Alma found in Mosiah 18. After Alma was converted, he began to teach the things he had learned from Abinadi. While teaching at the waters of Mormon he asked:
If this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you? (Mosiah 18: 10)
This scripture goes on to say:
And now when the people had heard these words, they clapped their hands for joy, and exclaimed: This is the desire of our hearts. (Mosiah 18:11)
“When was the last time you clapped your hands for joy?” Lassetter asked. “We should clap our hands for joy that we are able to make and keep sacred covenants; covenants that lead us back to our Father in Heaven and make us eligible for the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost.”
Lassetter cited instances in her life when she has felt this joy from keeping her covenants; times when keeping her covenants and following the commandments have allowed her to receive personal revelation and guidance from the Holy Ghost.
One such instance involved a potential relationship. Not too long ago, Lassetter received a call from a man she had known for many years. She knew he was an active member of the church and heard he had just recently divorced. The two went to lunch and this man disclosed that his divorce was not yet finalized. Lassetter felt uncomfortable with this but, when asked if she would be willing to go on another date with him, agreed.
Lassetter knew that she did not feel okay dating a man in this situation. She wanted to make sure that, in moving forward in such an important process with such eternal consequences, she was clearly within the Lord’s “safety zone.”
“I knew I could not compromise the Lord’s standards and expect the Holy Ghost to guide me in this hugely important matter,” she remarked.
Lassetter decided she would not go on another date with this man, and she wrote him a note explaining her decision, knowing that it would end any possibility of a relationship.
This sacrifice, while difficult, brought many blessings. Shortly after making this decision, Lassetter received a prompting to start work on her portfolio for her rank and status review at BYU, a review which would determine whether she had made sufficient progress to gain the status of full professor.
Lassetter’s portfolio was not due until September, and, as it was only February, she had a great deal of time left to work on it. Regardless, she started to work on her portfolio, finishing the bulk of the project by early April.
Shortly after completing this work, Lassetter received many professional opportunities. They were opportunities that, while very exciting, promised to keep her very busy all summer. These opportunities would have been much harder to accept had she had not already completed much of her portfolio in preparation for the Fall.
Lassetter knew she had received this prompting because she had sought to keep her covenants and the commandments of the Lord in all aspects of her life and especially in relation to dating and marriage.
“Because I listened and acted, I can have time this summer to really work on those opportunities that will bless my life and, I hope, the lives of others,” she stated.
Lassetter ended with these words:
Sisters, let us clap our hands for joy and gratitude at the opportunities we have to make and keep sacred covenants and have the accompanying blessing of personal revelation. May we move forward in faith and ever heed His promptings.