Communication

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I have been pondering on aspects of revelation that were not clear to me and voila! Abundant answers to old questions and more recent issues clarified as though I had sent in my requests to the editor.

It seems that nearly every article in the August Ensign was written just for my needs this month. I’ve thought so before but this fabulous LDS monthly magazine is the best yet!

If you’ve already received your Ensign, enjoy! Perhaps you too, will be delighted to find delightful morsels of greater value than gold.

If you’re not familiar with this magazine-no problem! It is accessible online. Follow the links below.

 

  • How do we receive communication from our Heavenly Father?
  • Have you ever wondered when revelation from the Lord will come to you?
  • How does the Spirit lead us into truth and teach us?

In His Own Time, In His Own Way”, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the twelve apostles examines principles of communications from the Spirit.

 

  • Do you wonder what the pattern for receiving revelation might be?
  • Can we do anything to receive communication from above?
  • How can our own personal revelation be greatly enhanced?

Mervyn B. Arnold teaches us the differences among reading, studying, searching, pondering and feasting on the scriptures and the pattern given by the Lord for receiving personal revelation-not only to guide us spiritually but also to help us temporally.

 

  • What conditions of the heart might affect our ability to tune in to and receive messages from our Heavenly Father?

In “Opening our hearts to Revelation”, Patrick Kearon says that  our Eternal Father often communicates with us through revelation as we sincerely seek and are worthy to receive it.

 

  • What should you do when you have to make a decision and you’ve prayed about your choices, but you’re still unsure of what to do?

“Move Forward in Faith”, includes insights from modern prophets encouraging us to wait patiently for answers and guidance.

 

  • What 4 principles have helped leaders to act with inspiration in their callings?

You’ll find them in The Leader’s Road to Revelation”.

 

Do you see why I was delighted?! So many rich truths to ponder all in one magazine!  This Ensign is a keeper!

 

Draw near unto Me and I will draw near unto you;

seek Me diligently and ye shall find Me;

ask, and ye shall receive;

knock, and it shall be opened unto you”

Heavenly Father loves  and cherishes each of us. We were not sent to this earth alone and forsaken.

He desires to guide and inspire each one of us so that we will be enabled, protected and strengthened until we return to live with Him. May we through our faith and diligence continue to receive personal revelation that blesses each of our lives.

Which of these principles have you discovered to be the most enlightening for you at this time?

Every so often I’ll read a passage and suddenly my understanding is further enlightened. I wonder how I possibly could have missed it the other times I read that same scripture. Does this ever happen to you?

For many years it has been apparent to me that throughout the scriptures Heavenly Father communicates His love and desire for our peace, joy and well being. In return, He desires us to love Him with all our being. What does that truly look like? Great communication.

In this chapter of only 21 verses. words denoting communication are used a minimum of 32 times! Hear, hearken, look, heard, declare, spoken, tell, speak for example. There is a lot in 1 Nephi 20!

At the very start it is stated in the heading, “Compare Isaiah 48”. They are almost word for word. As I studied it further I found some differences, however the message is identical.

The fact that this passage is found twice in our Standard Works tells us that this message must be very important for God’s people to ‘get’.  He is addressing the converted.

I’ve listed most of those expressions and then I marked how often they are mentioned in each of the chapters for your convenience.

Expression

1 Nephi 20

Isaiah 48

Hearken

3

2

Hear

2

3

Thou hearest not

2

2

Ear not opened

1

1

Thou hearest

1

1

I showed them

5

3

Hath declared

3

2

Seen

1

1

Will not declare

3

3

Sing

1

1

Tell

1

1

Utter

1

1

Say

1

1

Thou knewest not   

2

2

I have spoken

4

1

Not spoken

1

1

 

A minimum of sixteen expressions of communication are mentioned by the Lord, some, several times within those 21 verses. We certainly get the picture of how important communication is seen from His point of view! I’ve not even included a few others like “mention”, “teacheth” and “leadeth”.

Forming this list I noticed a pattern of sorts->

  1.  7 times we are exhorted to receive God’s message. (hear, hearken, look)
  2. Our Lord clearly makes known His counsel 12 times in 1 Nephi, 6 times in Isaiah. (declares, show, spoken)
  3. We are commanded to share His message 7 times. (declare, tell, utter, sing, say)
  4. Our Lord admonishes those that do not share His message with others.  (Because we do not hear, know, or speak) 6 times this is mentioned.

God makes promises to those who do share the Lord’s messages->

  1. “The Lord hath loved him” (I believe this means that person will  feel/know the love of the Lord)
  2. “He will fulfill His word which He hath declared”
  3. “He shall make his way prosperous”
  4. “teacheth thee to profit”
  5. “leadeth thee by the way thou shouldst go”

He gives 5 more promises in verses 18 & 19, if we listen to His commandments->

  1. “thy peace as a river”
  2. “thy righteousness as the waves of the sea”
  3. “thy seed as the sand”
  4. “offspring like the gravel”
  5. “name not cut off or destroyed”

I love the Lord’s thoughts regarding peace and righteousness-perhaps because I love water so.

And yet more promises to His redeemed people->

They:

  • Thirst not
  • Are led through the desert
  • Waters flow out of the rock for them (revelation)
  • Claves the rock and the waters gush out
  • The Lord does all this and greater also

I recognize a progression here very much similar to my own experience that began the day I received the gift of the Holy Ghost -from simply feeling filled, and led through experiences with revelation on to the promises of “the Lord does all this and greater also”.

I doubt you will dash off to your scriptures and study these chapters. 🙂  However, if you come across either and discover more morsels, I’d love to hear from you.

Do you understand these chapters differently?

Have you discovered anything else I’ve not mentioned?