“Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?”

“Who art thou, Lord?” and “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:4–6.)

These two phrases, spoken by Saul (who later became Paul) during his encounter with the risen Lord on the road to Damascus have been weighing on me recently. Perhaps that’s more obvious than I think, because I just quit my job with no other reason than, “God told me to do it.”

Of course, the story runs deeper than that, but the basic idea is sound.

As I study the words of Christ in the scriptures as well as the things that have been taught by modern prophets and apostles, I find that the only way to truly answer the first question is to unwaveringly is to dedicate myself to living the second.

I never really learned that the Lord was love until I stepped out in faith in the little daily things and learned for myself that keeping the commandments bring safety and peace. I learned that not only did keeping the commandments spare me a lot of heartache, but that by committing myself to the hard parts and not just the easy parts I grew to be more than I ever could have been on my own.

I learned the Lord is generous when I finally had the confidence to be generous with the Lord.

I learned about how much a Parent can love because he gave me the opportunity to be a mother and the chance to learn to lead as he leads.

I have a feeling that I’m going to learn a lot about being trustworthy as I trust the Lord to lead me through this next adventure in my life — going from teacher to author/speaker/whatever he wants.


The more I ponder this idea, the more I see it: To truly answer the question “Who art thou, Lord?” we have to implement the answers to “What wouldst thou have me do?”

The gospel is actually more simple than we sometimes think.