How can I have a revelation

Eight forms and functions of revelation

As a young girl, my grandmother, Chasty Olsen Harris, took care of a few children who played in a dry river bed near her home town of Castle Dale, Utah. Suddenly she heard a voice say her name and tell her to get the children out of the river bed and onto the bank. There wasn't a cloud in the sky that day, and there was no sign of rain. She saw no reason to pay attention to the voice and kept playing. She heard the voice again, this time it was urgent. Now she listened to the warning. She quickly fetched the children and they hurried to the bank. As soon as they got there, a huge wave, which had formed many kilometers away in the mountains during a downpour, thundered through the river bed where the children had just played.

God makes himself known to man through revelation. It can be done in a number of ways. Some prophets, such as Moses and Joseph Smith, spoke to God face to face. Some people have spoken to angels. Other revelations, as described by Elder James E. Talmage (1862–1933) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, were made "through dreams while asleep and visions while awake."1 given.

Most familiar, however, is that revelation or inspiration comes to our minds through words or thoughts (see Enos 1:10; D&C 8: 2–3), through a sudden enlightenment (see D&C 6: 14–15), through the fact that we have a good or bad feeling about a project or about the edifying performance of a work of art. President Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, taught: "Inspiration is felt rather than heard."2

Reasons for revelation

Think about what you have already experienced. You have already received revelation and you can receive more because God is actually speaking to people. President Lorenzo Snow (1814–1901) stated that it was "the great privilege of any Latter-day Saint to receive manifestations of the Spirit every day."3

As I discuss eight reasons for revelation now, I hope that you will see the extent to which you have already received revelation and that you resolve to cultivate and use this gift of the Spirit more frequently in the future.

  1. 1. Thattestimonyor the confirmation of the Holy Spirit that Jesus is the Messiah and that the gospel is true is a revelation from God.

    When the apostle Peter declared that Jesus Christ was the Son of the living God, the Savior said, “Blessed are you ...; for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Heavenly Father ”(Matthew 16:17).

  2. 2.prophecyis another reason for revelation or one of its functions.

    Those who speak under the influence of the Holy Spirit and within the scope of their duties can be inspired to predict what will happen in the future. Prophet, seer, and revelator of the Church prophesied for the Church just as Joseph Smith foretold the American Civil War (see D&C 87) and prophesied that the Saints would be in the Rockies4 would become a powerful people. Prophecy is part of the patriarch's calling. From time to time we receive such revelation about future events in our lives, such as before we receive a call to the Church.

  3. 3. The third function of Revelation isConsolationto donate.

    Such a revelation received the Prophet Joseph Smith in Liberty Prison. After many months under pitiful circumstances, in his torment and loneliness, he called to the Lord and implored him to take care of himself and the persecuted saints. The comforting answer came:

    “My son, peace be upon your soul; your hardships and tribulations will last only a little while, and then, if you persevere well in them, God will exalt you in high; you will triumph over all your enemies ”(D&C 121: 7–8).

    In the same revelation, the Lord says: Whatever the adversity or injustice of the prophet, "know, my son, that all of this will bring you experience and serve you for good" (D&C 122: 7).

    One can also be comforted by revelation when receiving a priesthood blessing, whether it be by what is said or simply by how one feels about the blessing.

    Another comforting revelation is confirmation that a sin has been forgiven. After following all the steps of repentance, a person can know by revelation that the debt has been paid, that God has heard the repentant sinner, and that his sins are forgiven.

  4. 4. Closely related to consolation is the fourth function of revelation, vizcheer up.

    At some point in life everyone needs encouragement because they are depressed, have a premonition, feel inadequate, or simply because they are in greater need of spirituality. I believe that one of the essential tasks of Revelation is to cheer us up. This happens when we read the scriptures or engage in good music, art, and literature because it lifts our spirits and helps us resist evil and seek good.

  5. 5. The fifth function of revelation is to do somethingto communicate.

    This can be an inspiration giving someone what to say on a particular occasion, such as a patriarchal blessing, a talk, or anything else that is said under the influence of the Holy Spirit. The Lord commanded Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon to raise their voices and say whatever comes to their mind, "for what to say will be given to you at the same hour, yea, at the same instant" (D&C 100: 6; see also D&C 84:85; 124: 97).

    On other occasions, the information needed is conveyed through the gentle inspiration of the mind. A child loses something that means a lot to him; it prays for help and finds it again because of an inspiration. An adult faces a problem at work, at home, or doing family history research; he prays and is brought to the knowledge he needs to solve the problem. A Church leader prays because he wants to know whom to give a particular calling to, and the Spirit gives him a name. In each of the examples mentioned, which are familiar to all of us, the Holy Spirit works in his role as teacher and revelator: He imparts knowledge and truth with the aim of edifying and guiding the recipient.

  6. 6. The sixth task of revelation is to get us away from itto holdsomething to do.

    One of the most common forms of revelation is that which keeps us from doing something. Often times it comes as a complete surprise when we have not asked for revelation or guidance on a particular matter. But when we keep God's commandments and live in harmony with His Spirit, an enforcement power ensures that we do nothing wrong.

  7. 7. One often seeks revelation by suggesting a course of action and then around thatconfirmationasks for it.

    The Lord explained this type of revelation when Oliver Cowdery failed in his efforts to translate the Book of Mormon:

    “See, you did not understand; you thought I would give it to you, even though you hadn't given it any thought other than to ask me.

    But see, I tell you: you have to work it through with your mind; then you have to ask me if it is right, and if it is right I will make your heart burn within you; therefore you will feel that it is right ”(D&C 9: 7, 8).

    Elder Bruce R. McConkie (1915–1985) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles emphasized that before we ask for revelation, we must do all we can ourselves: “We are expected to give our gifts , Use talents and abilities, our judgment and our agency. We are expected to do all we can and then strive to get an answer from the Lord, a seal affirming that we have come to the right decision. "5

  8. 8. In the eighth form of revelationurgesthe mind to a particular course of action.

    The point here is not that the person contemplates a particular course of action and the Spirit confirms it or prevents it. In this case, one receives a revelation that one has not asked for and that requires an action that one has not suggested. This form of revelation is understandably rarer than others, but it is precisely because of this that it gains in importance.

    If my grandmother hadn't had this revelation urging her to do something, she and the children she was watching would have drowned.

If you don't get a revelation

Finally, I would like to make a few notes about revelations that were not accepted.

First, we need to understand what can be called “authority for revelation”.

Claiming that someone has received revelation on behalf of another for whom they are not responsible - for example, when one member wants Church-wide revelation, or when someone claims to have received revelation on behalf of someone else they are considering If the order of the Church has no presiding authority, you can be sure that this revelation is not from the Lord.

We do not always receive inspiration or revelation when we ask. Sometimes it takes time for the revelation to come, and sometimes we have to make our own decisions. We cannot force the spiritual. It has to be like that. If Heavenly Father were to guide us in everything, even when important, the purpose of our existence, which is to gain experience and develop faith, would be missed. We need to make decisions and feel their consequences in order for us to develop confidence and faith.

Sometimes we don't get an answer to our prayer even when we make decisions that seem extremely important to us. But that doesn't mean it wasn't heard. It just means that we have prayed about a decision that for one reason or another we should make without revelation - we may have prayed for help deciding between two equally acceptable and unacceptable options.

Likewise, the Spirit of the Lord reveals nothing to us when the matter is insignificant.

When a matter seems unimportant or of little importance, we should use our judgment. If the decision is important without our knowing it, the Lord will intervene and guide us. As we live and strive to be guided by the Holy Ghost, we can be assured of the guidance we need to achieve our goals. The Lord does not fail us when the choice we must make is important to our eternal good.

I know that God lives and that He actually gives revelation to His children. I pray that we will be worthy, ready, and that the Lord will bless us so that we can have more experience of revelation.

After a devotional address at Brigham Young University on September 29, 1981; see also The star, December 1983.