Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Five Keys

A long time ago, I was sitting in Elder’s Quorum class, barely staying awake, when the teacher diverged from his lesson plan to elaborate on something of his own gospel. I say, “his own gospel” not because it was false doctrine (far from it, in fact), but because it was his own thoughts and observations, that he had formulated over years of trying to live the gospel.

My ears instantly went up.

He was an older guy, and I recognized this as one of those moments where someone with some real age-seasoned wisdom was about to lay it on me. I took notes.

The more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve seen the value in the things he said.

He said that the five keys to personal spirituality are:

  1. Prayer
  2. Scripture study
  3. Fasting
  4. Tithing


  1. Service

In the last year or so, I’ve watched a number of people I know fall away or weaken in their faith. I don’t want that to happen to me. I have, at times, in my life, been more (and less) in tune with my Father in Heaven than I am now. And I want to strengthen that. Especially in the last six months, I’ve made some good efforts in these areas.

Anyway, I thought I’d add my own thoughts in a series of blog postings about these five things. Come along for the ride.

Mark Hansen


  1. The great keys-

    Especially the last one, exemplifies what I know about you-

    You are a fantastic example-

    And it shows.

  2. Service really just seems to be the major key to everything. I do not know one person that gives lots of service and is miserable. It's one that I need to work on so much more. The rest too, but service is the one I tend to neglect most. Perhaps that's why I'm now on the enrichment committee, lol.



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