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Gramps,

Lately I have been ultra sensitive to learning about yoga and its potential for leaning people towards mysticism, chakras, inner spirits etc. It just has never sat right with me and massages with incense etc. I really wish the Church would put something out on it because a simple search on google shows many Christians believe it is a Hindu converting mechanism as in yoga positions are false God worship.

Dan

 

Answer

 

Often revelation received for our personal guidance is felt so strongly that we think everyone else needs the exact same detailed instructions and guidance we do. And because of this we may think that the church should teach everyone what the Spirit is trying to teach us personally. This is a fairly common mistake.

Now there are some things that are truly universal for every person, like the need for faith, repentance, the ordinances of the Gospel, the Atonement, the need to feast upon the scriptures, and the need to pray always… to name a few. The Church teaches these guiding principles.

Beyond that every soul is unique, every soul is going to have its own strengths, its own weakness, its own challenges, its own needs. The Lord understands this and He is the master teacher. If we will let Him, He will give us exactly the guidance and direction we need to face our challenges, overcome our weakness, and develop our strengths. However we should not presume that our “customized learning plan” is what the Lord has in mind for our brothers and sisters. We should trust that the Lord knows what He is doing and we should not seek to counsel the Lord (or His appointed leaders) on what is best for others. Instead we should trust the Lord that He will reveal to us what we need to know personally, that He will reveal to others what they need to know personally, and that He will reveal to His leaders what the Church needs to know generally.

 

Gramps

 

 

 

 

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