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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?

My friend Graham recently was called as a counselor in the Stake Presidency. During his interview with Area Seventies he was askedDo you know how to receive revelation?” He has since pondered revelation and written an informative three part article on his blog.

“I have reflected on what it means and what I can do to improve my ability to receive revelation…I plan on a more in-depth posting on revelation soon…for now I’ll post some of the questions I’ve been thinking about:

* Do you know how to receive revelation?

* Do you recognize revelation when it comes?

* Are you asking for revelation?

* It is “easy” to understand how revelation pertains to Church life, but do you understand that revelation can be received for literally EVERYTHING in your life?

* Are you aware of the things in your life that would stop you from receiving revelation?

* When you receive revelation, do you act on it?”

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights” James 1:17

Gift of Holy Ghost

 

 

I never tire of reading articles and hearing talks on revelation. It seems that the more informed we become and the better we understand the process, the more we are enabled to receive this priceless gift from Heavenly Father.

 

“The Holy Ghost is a revelator” 

“No man can receive the Holy Ghost without receiving revelations” Joseph Smith

Here are the links to enjoy and ponder on Graham’s perspective regarding revelation:

Do You Know How to Receive Revelation? Part 2

Do you Know How to Receive Revelation? Part 3

Truth is truth. It is absolute. I LOVE that about truth. Even if you do not agree with me whenever I express a truth, it doesn’t matter! If it is truth I cannot change it.

We cannot change TRUTH to make it become what we might like it to be. We can attempt to bend, twist and make it convenient or more comfortable for our lifestyle but this still does not make it absolute truth.

TruthIt’s like black and white. Either it is truth or it’s not. I wouldn’t like just a little bit of truth. Been there. Done that. Just a little bit of truth is way too frustrating. I feel stuck. Or confused, I lose sight of the right path.

I’d like it all. Well, as much as I can humanly contain, please!

 

“Opinion? Of course, there is a difference of opinion; but again, opinion cannot change laws or absolute truths. Opinions will never make the earth to be flat, the sun to dim its light, God to die, or the Savior to cease being the Son of God.” Spencer W. Kimball

Truths are discovered. An unschooled four year old may not know that 2 +2 = 4. But it is true, even while he has not yet discovered it.

There was a time when people believed the earth to be flat. Still, this did not change the truth of its spherical shape. Before it was discovered to be so, opinions likely differed, but did not change this solid truth.

Spiritual truths, invisible to our mortal eyes are that much more absolute. Jesus Christ has said, “I am the truth” (John 14:6). That has got to be an absolute truth.

Unchanging. Whole. Perfect.

We are promised that the Holy Ghost- He being Truth will guide us into all truth. On this temporal plane is it possible to know completely absolute truths?

“When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what he hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.” John 16:13

Beginning with the tiniest grain of faith and believing what Jesus Christ has said, is a great start to seeking His guidance. Being led along we are able to increase our own knowledge of the truth little by little. Suddenly one day we shall see plainly that glorious absolute and perfect Truth.

“God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16).

Once Heavenly Father had occasion to shower me with His love and comfort, I went from believing that He is wholly love, to experiencing His all encompassing love filling and overflowing my heart and being until I could not contain it all.

The more times this happened, the more I have been able to learn from, imitate His love and feel a similar warmth, compassion and kindness for others. I am learning to become more like Him according to love.

“For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” John 18:37 (NASB)

Like God’s love, truth works in my life in a similar way.  My first testimony of the true gospel proved to me that the Book of Mormon is true. However, I did not know the absolute complete truth of the restored gospel-yet. It was not fully revealed to me. If it would have been, I suppose my need for faith would have vanished and my progression would have been halted.

“The best way of finding truth is simply to go to the Origin of all truth and ask or respond to inspiration. For success, two ingredients are essential: first, unwavering faith in the Source of all truth; second, a willingness to keep God’s commandments to keep open spiritual communication with Him.”                                Richard G. Scott

Instead, little by little I sought to know and understand more and I learned to ask of the Lord. “The Spirit is truth” (1 John 5:6). He reveals God’s truth when we seek it. I believed that He would reveal His truths, and believed and hoped that He would communicate with me. I was willing to persevere, seeking Him humbly and (sometimes) patiently.

And I had many questions. “Were we truly spiritual beings in the presence of our Heavenly Father before coming to this earth?” “Which is the only true church accepted by Jesus Christ?” “Was this church organized through revelation by the Savior?”

“Was Joseph Smith a true prophet?” “Is Thomas S. Monson the prophet called by the Lord today?” “Is there life after death?”

Some truths were confirmed even without my asking.

 “He has given the key. You may know. You need not be in doubt. Follow the prescribed procedures, and you may have an absolute knowledge that these things are absolute truths.

The necessary procedure is: study, think, pray, and do. Revelation is the key.

God will make it known to you once you have capitulated and have become humble and receptive.

Having dropped all pride of your mental stature, having acknowledged before God your confusion, having subjected your egotism, and having surrendered yourself to the teaching of the Holy Spirit, you are ready to begin to learn. With preconceived religious notions stubbornly held, one is not teachable.

The Lord has promised repeatedly that he will give you a knowledge of spiritual things when you have placed yourself in a proper frame of mind.

He has counseled us to seek, ask, and search diligently. These innumerable promises are epitomized by Moroni in the following: “And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” (Moroni 10:5)

What a promise! How extravagant! How wonderful!”  Spencer W. Kimball

I love the clarity of truth. I love the feeling of expansion in my heart, in my mind and soul. I thrill that our hearts and minds are created to recognize truth.

If there was no such thing as truth, how could there be a right and a wrong?

I’m grateful for our loving Father in heaven who promises to reveal His truths and faithfully does so in remarkable ways. I know that once a person knows absolutely the truths of the gospel, even upon threat of bodily harm or death, it will not be denied. That perfect assurance is what I love about Truth.