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Bishop Dean M. Davies

Worship is essential and central to spiritual life, said Bishop Dean M. Davies, first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric. “It is something we should yearn for, seek out, and strive to experience.”

Speaking Sunday morning on "The Blessings of Worship,” Bishop Davies said one of the most remarkable and tender experiences recorded in holy scripture is the account of the visit of the Savior to people in the Americas following His death and Resurrection.

Earlier this year, he continued, he was visiting a stake in the western United States. As the meeting progressed, he observed various members in the congregation. “The experience they were having that Sunday was something quite extraordinary. They were worshipping.”

Latter-day Saints, he said, are exceptional when it comes to serving in Church callings. “But sometimes we may go about our work routinely, as though we are merely performing a job. Sometimes our attendance at meetings and service in the kingdom may lack the holy element of worship. And without that, we are missing an incomparable spiritual encounter with the infinite — one we are entitled to as children of a loving Heavenly Father.”

When Latter-day Saints worship God, they approach Him with “reverent love, humility, and adoration,” he said. “We acknowledge and accept Him as our sovereign king, the Creator of the universe, our beloved and infinitely loving Father. We respect and revere Him. We submit ourselves to Him. We lift our hearts in mighty prayer, cherish His word, rejoice in His grace, and commit to follow Him with dedicated loyalty.”

Worshipping God is such an essential element in the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ, he continued, “that if we fail to receive Him in our hearts, we will seek for Him in vain in our councils, churches, and temples.”

Spiritual experiences have less to do with what is happening around people and everything to do with what is happening within their hearts, said Bishop Davies. "It is my witness that true worship will transform ordinary Church meetings into extraordinary spiritual feasts. It will enrich our lives, broaden our understanding, and strengthen our testimonies."

Through sincere and heartfelt worship Church members blossom and mature in hope, faith, and charity, he said. “And through that process, we gather heavenly light into our souls that infuses our lives with divine meaning, abiding peace, and everlasting joy. That is the blessing of worship in our lives.” @SJW_ChurchNews

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