"Glory and Power, Be Unto the Lamb for Ever"

by Debi Hales

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto [me]” (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22).

As I read these verses, these are the questions I pondered:

  • Am I distracted from serving Jesus Christ with my heart, might, mind, and strength? (See Doctrine and Covenants 4:2.)
  • Am I relying on His protection even through my suffering?
  • Am I willing to repent and enter into a covenant relationship with Him?
  • Am I making room for Him as He searches my desires, thoughts, and heart?
  • Am I watchful and do I strengthen those around me that I might walk with Him in a covenant relationship?
  • Am I keeping His word so that He can write His name upon me?
  • Am I lukewarm, or do I open the door to let Him in, to sup with Him and He with me, that I may sit with Him and the Father?

What I heard the Spirit say to me was that the Lord is aware of me and my works. He wants me to live with Him again and has provided a covenant relationship to make that possible. I want to serve Him with everything I have. I trust in His protection. I will repent and keep the covenants I have made with Him. I watch and strengthen those around me. I keep His word and take His name upon me. I always open the door to let Him in.

The first time Wilford Woodruff heard missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ preaching the restored gospel, he recorded in his journal: “I opened my eyes to see my ears to hear my heart to understand,”1 and the Spirit spoke to him bearing testimony of the truth of what they taught. We are all promised that same blessing.

Debi Hales lives in Blackfoot, Idaho. She has been involved with the Wilford Woodruff Papers Foundation since it was created. Debi is an avid reader of history and truth. She loves to think and read deeply and have lively discussions with like-minded people.


  1. Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, p. 11, The Wilford Woodruff Papers, wilfordwoodruffpapers.org/journal.