The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Revelation

Let us one and all take an inward look. Perhaps it is because we have not humbled ourselves; because we have failed to heed the commandments and to accept and abide in the revelations already given, that there is not more given to us. It is my humble opinion that we are receiving council by inspiration, or revelation, at every general conference of the Church. Would it not be wise for the members of the Church to pay more heed to these counsels and prepare ourselves for more to come?—Joseph Fielding Smith, Answers to Gospel Questions, Vol.2, p.205

The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet. The living prophet has the power of TNT. By that I mean "Today's News Today." God's revelations to Adam did not instruct Noah how to build the ark. Noah needed his own revelation. Therefore, the most important prophet, so far as you and I are concerned, is the one living in our day and age to whom the Lord is currently revealing His will for us. Therefore, the most important reading we can do is any of the words of the prophet contained each week in the Church section of the Deseret News and any words of the prophet contained each month in our Church magazines. Our marching orders for each six months are found in the general conference addresses, which are printed in the Ensign magazine.—President Ezra Taft Benson, 1980 BYU Devotional Speeches of the Year

Let me add that when a revelation comes for the guidance of this people, you may be sure that it will not be presented in some mysterious manner contrary to the order of the Church. It will go forth in such form that the people will understand that it comes from those who are in authority, for it will be sent either to the presidents of stakes and the bishops of the wards over the signatures of the presiding authorities, or it will be published in some of the regular papers or magazines under the control and direction of the church, or it will be presented before such a gathering as this at a general conference. It will not spring up in some distant part of the Church and be in the hands of some obscure individual without authority, and thus be circulated among the Latter-day Saints.—Elder Joseph Fielding Smith, General Conference, October 1910

We are gathered together at this general conference, not with the expectation that any new revelation will be given or any new doctrine set forth, but to be reminded of the truth and to have our minds stirred up in remembrance of those things which we have heard or read, and thus be renewed in our spirits and in the prosecution of our labors.—Elder Marriner W. Merrill, General Conference, October 1901

We are met today in our General Conference, and this particular conference, in the spring of the year, brings to our minds the wonderful experience that the boy Joseph Smith had 101 years ago. As I ponder the glorious revelation that was vouchsafed to him, and look back upon the early days of his ministry, I sometimes wonder if he, in his wildest fancies, in his greatest hopes and ambitions, dreamed that, in the short space of one century, conferences of the Church would be held where there would be in attendance thousands and tens of thousands of its members. To me these gatherings are a testimony that the work is of our heavenly Father, that it has his sanction, and that that which we are doing and striving to do has his hearty approval. He is blessing us and sustaining us in our efforts to do that which he gave to his children, through the Prophet Joseph Smith, at the beginning of the last century. Nowhere in the world is there a gathering of people comparable with these conference meetings held in Salt Lake City today, and for the next two or three days. Nowhere in the world is there such a gathering of men and women giving their all for the great work of the Master. Nowhere on earth will you find the body of men bearing the Priesthood of the living God, that you find here in Zion, on the occasion of these conferences. The power, the influence, and the spirit of these gatherings, are carried in, to all the world by the men and women, who come here and attend these meetings.—Winslow Farr Smith, General Conference, April 1921

Brethren and sisters, I do not know much, but what I do know, I know well; I am a well-trained soldier; I have been laboring in the Church under the direction of the general authorities for over 35 years; I have seen a whole council of the Twelve fill their missions and pass over, and still live, and I know from my missionary experience in the world and at home, that we are the servants of the living God; that we hold divine authority; that every member in this Church, from the least unto the greatest, is entitled to revelation and inspiration and the spirit of prophecy for his own guidance.—Elder J. Golden Kimball, General Conference, April 1926

"We who are met here today claim a special, unique knowledge of the Savior’s gospel. Most striking of all, to those who first become acquainted with us, is our declaration to the world that we are guided by a living prophet of God—one who communicates with, is inspired by, and receives revelation from the Lord." - Howard W. Hunter, "Conference Time," "Ensign," Nov. 1981, p. 13

"There will be changes made in the future as in the past. Whether the Brethren make changes or resist them depends entirely upon the instructions they receive through the channels of revelation which were established in the beginning." - Boyd K. Packer, "Revelation in a Changing World," "Ensign," Nov. 1989, p. 16

"It is vital that we, ...learn to hear the voice of the Lord. Yet I worry that too often we fail to seek the guidance of the Spirit. Perhaps we don’t know how and haven’t made it a priority to learn. Or we’re so aware of our personal failings that we don’t feel worthy, don’t really believe the Lord will talk to us, and therefore don’t seek revelation. Or we’ve allowed the distractions and pace of our lives to crowd out the Spirit. What a tragedy! For the Holy Ghost blesses us with optimism and wisdom at times of challenge that we simply cannot muster on our own." - Sheri L. Dew, "We Are Not Alone," "Ensign," Nov. 1998, p. 95–96

"We are taught that miracles are performed and revelation received through clean vessels of the Lord (see 3 Ne. 8:1). Peter’s cleanliness of soul gained him deliverance from prison at the hands of angels. It provided him power to heal the sick and raise Dorcas from death (see Acts 9:36–43). And his purity made it possible for him to see a vision which led to the extension of the gospel to the Gentiles." - Carlos E. Asay, "Instruments of Righteousness," "New Era," June 1983, p. 7

"God reveals Himself and His eternal truths-—the spiritual food that the scriptures call the bread of life and the living water-—to those who seek, who serve, who keep His commandments, and who wait and listen in humility for His teaching. Study and reason are appropriate to begin this process, but 'the things of God cannot be learned solely by study and reason.'" - Dallin H. Oaks, "Nourishing the Spirit," "Ensign," Dec. 1998, p. 9

"We have nothing to fear and everything to gain. God is at the helm. We will seek His direction. We will listen to the still, small voice of revelation. And we will go forward as He directs." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Our Testimony to the World," 
"Ensign," May 1997, p. 83

"The idea that scripture reading can lead to inspiration and revelation opens the door to the truth that a scripture is not limited to what it meant when it was written but may also include what that scripture means to a reader today. Even more, scripture reading may also lead to current revelation on whatever else the Lord wishes to communicate to the reader at that time. We do not overstate the point when we say that the scriptures can be a Urim and Thummim to assist each of us to receive personal revelation." - Dallin H. Oaks, "Scripture Reading and Revelation," "Ensign," Jan. 1995, 8

"In its more familiar forms, revelation or inspiration comes by means of words or thoughts communicated to the mind (see D&C 8:2–3; Enos 1:10), by sudden enlightenment (see D&C 6:14–15), by positive or negative feelings about proposed courses of action, or even by inspiring performances, as in the performing arts. As Elder Boyd K. Packer has stated, 'Inspiration comes more as a feeling than as a sound' (Boyd K. Packer, “Prayers and Answers,” Ensign, Nov. 1979, pp. 19–20)." - Dallin H. Oaks, "Revelation," "New Era," Sept. 1982, 38

"The peace God speaks to our minds will let us know when decisions we have made are right, when our course is true. It can come as personal inspiration and guidance to assist us in our daily life—in our homes, in our work. It can provide us with courage and hope to meet the challenges of life. The miracle of prayer, to me, is that in the private, quiet chambers of our mind and heart, God both hears and answers prayers." - Rex D. Pinegar, "Peace through Prayer," "Ensign," May 1993, 66–67

"When we seek inspiration to help make decisions, the Lord gives gentle promptings. These require us to think, to exercise faith, to work, to struggle at times, and to act. Seldom does the whole answer to a decisively important matter or complex problem come all at once. More often, it comes a piece at a time, without the end in sight." - Richard G. Scott, "Learning to Recognize Answers to Prayer," "Ensign," Nov. 1989, 32

"You may ask, 'How can I discern which of the prophetic utterances of this conference have a particular message for me?' My answer is, you can know. You can know by the whisperings of the Holy Spirit if you righteously and earnestly seek to know. Your own inspiration will be an unerring vibration through the companionship of the Holy Ghost. As the Lord spoke to Elijah, this will come, not in the great strong wind, nor in the earthquake, nor in the fire, but in a still, small voice. (See 1 Kgs. 19:11–12.) This will help us, if necessary, to make the required change in our lives and life-styles to get onto a sure course." - James E. Faust, "Responsibility for Welfare Rests with Me and My Family" "Ensign," May 1986, 22

"The Spirit reveals the will of the Lord through the feelings of the heart. We must be in tune with the Spirit and in touch with these feelings. Nephi spoke of the need to have a receptive heart to receive revelations. When he spoke to Laman and Lemuel, he reminded them that an angel had spoken to them: 'He hath spoken unto you in a still small voice, but ye were past feeling, that ye could not feel his words' (1 Ne. 17:45)." - L. Lionel Kendrick, "Personal Revelation," Ensign, Sept. 1999, p. 13

"No message appears in scripture more times, in more ways than, 'Ask, and ye shall receive.' (Matt. 21:22; James 4:3; 1 Jn. 3:22; 1 Ne. 15:11; Enos 1:15; Mosiah 4:21; D&C 4:7; and Moses 6:52 are examples.) While we may invite this communication, it can never be forced! If we try to force it, we may be deceived." - Boyd K. Packer, "Reverence Invites Revelation," Ensign, Nov. 1991, p. 21

"My first radio was a crystal set. It was hard to tune to the frequency of a particular radio station. I had to literally scratch the receiving wire whisker over the top of the rough crystal to find the right pinpoint, a little valley or peak on the crystal where the signal was received. Just a millimeter off on either side of that point and I would lose the signal and get scratchy static. Over time, with patience and perseverance, good eyesight, and a steady hand, I learned to find the signal point on the crystal without too much difficulty. So it is with inspiration. We must attune ourselves to the inspiration from God and tune out the scratchy static. We have to work at being tuned in. Most of us need a long time to become tuned in. When I was a newly called General Authority, President Marion G. Romney, who was in his 70s at the time, told us, 'I know when I am working under the Spirit and when I am not.' To be able to recognize when one is being guided by the Spirit is a supernal gift." - James E. Faust, "Did You Get the Right Message?" General Conference, April 2004

"The flow of revelation depends on your faith. You exercise faith by causing, or by making, your mind accept or believe as truth that which you cannot, by reason alone, prove for certainty. (See Alma 32:27-28, 38.)" - Boyd K. Packer, "Personal Revelation: The Gift, the Test, and the Promise," Ensign, November 1994, p. 60

"True religion deals with spiritual things. We do not come to a knowledge of God and his laws through intellectuality, or by research, or by reason. I have an average mind—one that is neither better nor worse than the general run of mankind. In the realm of intellectual attainment I have a doctor's degree, and I hope my sons after me will reach a similar goal. In their sphere, education and intellectuality are devoutly to be desired.

"But when contrasted with spiritual endowments, they are of but slight and passing worth. From an eternal perspective what each of us needs is a Ph.D. in faith and righteousness. The things that will profit us everlastingly are not the power to reason, but the ability to receive revelation; not the truths learned by study, but the knowledge gained by faith; not what we know about the things of the world, but our knowledge of God and his laws." - Bruce R. McConkie, "The Lord's People Receive Revelation," Ensign, June 1971, p. 77–78

"How do revelation and inspiration operate? Each person has a built-in 'receiving set' which, when fine-tuned, can be a receiver of divine communications. Said Job, 'There is a spirit in man: and... the Almighty giveth them understanding' (Job 32:8). It is possible, like Nephi, to be led completely by the Spirit, 'not knowing beforehand' that which should be done (see 1 Ne. 4:6).

"How is inspiration received? Enos stated, 'And while I was thus struggling in the spirit, behold, the voice of the Lord came into my mind' (Enos 1:10). One does not necessarily hear an audible voice. The spirit of revelation comes by divine confirmation. 'I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart,' says the Lord in the Doctrine and Covenants (D&C 8:2)." - James E. Faust, "Communion with the Holy Spirit," Ensign, May 1980, p. 14

"The Lord has provided for us prophets, scriptures, parents, and other wise leaders to teach us the course we should be following. They can help us monitor our progress and correct the direction we are going when necessary, much the same as tracking stations monitor a satellite's progress and keep it on the right path. Our course on earth is so important. It is determined by the decisions we make each day. We cannot separate our thoughts and actions now from their effects on the future." - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "The Time to Prepare," Ensign, May 1998, p. 16

"We should study things out in our minds, using the reasoning powers our Creator has placed within us. Then we should pray for guidance and act upon it if we receive it. If we do not receive guidance, we should [page 14] act upon our best judgment. Persons who persist in seeking revelatory guidance on subjects on which the Lord has not chosen to direct us may concoct an answer out of their own fantasy or bias, or they may even receive an answer through the medium of false revelation. Revelation from God is a sacred reality, but like other sacred things, it must be cherished and used properly so that a great strength does not become a disabling weakness." - Dallin H. Oaks, "Our Strengths Can Become Our Downfall," Ensign, Oct. 1994, 13–14

"The Holy Ghost communicates with the spirit through the mind more than through the physical senses. This guidance comes as thoughts, as feelings, through impressions and promptings. It is not always easy to describe inspiration. The scriptures teach us that we may 'feel' the words of spiritual communication more than hear them, and see with spiritual rather than with mortal eyes. [See 1 Ne. 17:45.]

"The patterns of revelation are not dramatic. The voice of inspiration is a still voice, a small voice. There need be no trance, no sanctimonious declaration. It is quieter and simpler than that." - Boyd K. Packer, "Revelation in a Changing World," Ensign, Nov. 1989, 14

"Every person in this Church is entitled to know and is expected to know by the revelations of the Holy Ghost to his soul that these things are true; and if he knows them, then, in my judgment, he should have no desire in his heart to do anything in this world except hearken to the counsel of the living oracles and put his house in order and prepare himself for the glory and honor and salvation of which President George F. Richards has just spoken." - Bruce R. McConkie, "Conference Report," October 1947, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p.60

"Restraint is one of the most common functions of revelation. It often comes by surprise. Even though we have not asked for revelation or guidance on a particular subject, if we are keeping the commandments of God and living in tune with his Spirit, a restraining force will steer us away from things we should not do. Though not obviously related to the conventional activities of learning, this function of revelation communicates a message that must rank among the most important lessons we can learn." - Dallin H. Oaks, "The Lord's Way," p.27

"[W]e... of this age stand at the gates of the future, pleading for light to guide us safely into the lowering storm clouds. We... desperately need to distinguish from the babble of voices around us, that voice which will alone lead us safely through the dark night. And that voice in this day... is the voice of the Master, as given through 'holy men of God who spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.' Through their inspired utterances they declare once again to an anguished world that the Lord's all-seeing eye pierces the shrouded gloom, and that his gentle hand is extended to those venturing into the night. Prophecy is the hand of God extended in love to a groping, floundering world." - Gerald N. Lund, "The Coming of the Lord," p.2

"What we mortals encounter as the unforeseen, God has already seen, such as how the oil deposits of this earth would shape the latter-day conflicts among nations. God's 'is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations' (Isa. 14:26). He likewise foresaw all the awful famines, some resulting from the unwise, unnecessary erosions of precious topsoil. He surely foresaw the terrible persecutions of the Jews. Having created the earth, He has anticipated the impact of continental drifts on the frequency and intensity of latter-day earthquakes. He who analogized that 'the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest' (Isa. 57:20) also knows where and when, in latter days, the seas' tidal waves will heave themselves savagely 'beyond their bounds' (D&C 88:90).

"Without the revelations, however, the answers as to the why of our existence and the why of human suffering would elude even the best intellectual excursions:

"'Behold, great and marvelous are the works of the Lord. How unsearchable are the depths of the mysteries of him; and it is impossible that man should find out all his ways. And no man knoweth of his ways save it be revealed unto him; wherefore, brethren, despise not the revelations of God' (Jacob 4:8)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Yet Thou Art There," Ensign (CR), November 1987, p.30

"It just may be that my salvation (and yours also!) does in fact depend upon our ability to understand the writings of Isaiah as fully and truly as Nephi understood them.

"For that matter, why should either Nephi or Isaiah know anything that is withheld from us? Does not that God who is no respecter of persons treat all his children alike? Has he not given us his promise and recited to us the terms and conditions of his law pursuant to which he will reveal to us what he has revealed to them?

"If the Lord Jehovah revealed to Isaiah that 'a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,' whose very name shall be 'God is with us' (Isa. 7:14); if this 'child' shall be 'The mighty God, The everlasting Father,' who shall reign 'with judgment and with justice' forever (Isa. 9:6-9); if he is to 'make his soul an offering for sin,' and place his 'grave with the wicked' (Isa. 53:9-10); if his redemptive promise to all men is: 'Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise' (Isa. 26:19); if he shall gather Israel in the last days and bring 'the ransomed of the Lord... to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads' (Isa. 35:10); if his people 'shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion' (Isa. 52:8); if these and a great host of other glorious truths were known to Isaiah and Nephi, should they be hidden from us? Why should either of these prophets know what we do not know? Is not the Lord Jehovah our God also?" - Bruce R. McConkie, "Sermons and Writings of Bruce R. McConkie," p.300-301

"It is a great thing to enjoy the spirit of the gospel, for that brings peace, it brings security and life and salvation. We cannot accomplish these things without the Lord helps us, and he is ready and willing and generous to bestow upon us his spirit in just such abundance as we are ready and prepared to receive; for the Spirit of the Lord is as generous and as ready at our necessities and commands through our faithfulness, as the light of day, as the heat of the sun, and the cold and the warmth, and so forth. The Lord is near us by his Spirit and his Spirit is ready for our possession and for us to enjoy in our homes, in our labors, in our work, publicly and privately, at home or abroad. When we live under the inspiration and light of the Spirit of God, we will be happy wherever we are, and we will accomplish a world of good and those who are about us and associate with us will enjoy the spirit that we enjoy and will recognize it." - Francis M. Lyman, "Conference Report," October 1916, Afternoon Session, p.30

"Personal revelation is not limited to gaining a testimony and knowing thereby that Jesus, through whom the gospel came, is Lord of all, nor is it limited to receiving guidance in our personal and family affairs-although these are the most common examples of revelation among the Lord's people. In truth and in verity, there is no limit to the revelations each member of the Church may receive. It is within the power of every person who has received the gift of the Holy Ghost to see visions, entertain angels, learn the deep and hidden mysteries of the kingdom, and even see the face of God." - Bruce R. McConkie, "A New Witness for the Articles of Faith," p.489

"As a people we need to live so as to have the word of God given to us.  To be fed upon anything else but this would be a great disappointment and would leave us hungry and in a destitute condition.  The life of a Latter-day Saint is such that he has need to be in close communion with his God; and the religion that we profess is one which imparts to the human soul at the very time that it is required the consolation, the strength, and the necessary gifts and powers to enable that soul to contend with and overcome all the evils that may lie in his pathway." - George Q. Cannon, "Living Our Religion," Remarks made in the Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Sunday afternoon, May 26, 1889

"Each of us has been sent to earth by our Heavenly Father to merit eternal life: 'And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.' (
John 17:3) How do we know the Father and the Son for ourselves? By personal revelation. Personal revelation is the way Heavenly Father helps us know Him and His Son, learn and live the gospel, endure to the end in righteousness, and qualify for eternal life—to return back into Their presence." - Robert D. Hales, "Personal Revelation: The Teachings and Examples of the Prophets," General Conference, 7 October 2007

"No, revelation has not ceased and will not cease. This kingdom of God has been set up for the rest of time, never to be torn down nor given to another people. It is a continuous program and will grow instead of diminish. Its doctrines are well established, but because of growth and expansion, improved ways are afforded to teach the gospel all over the world. Additional servants are called to the increasing work for a bigger world. Revelation and other miracles will never cease unless faith ceases. Where there is adequate faith, these things will continue." - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball," edited by Edward L. Kimball, p.448

"The gap between what is popular and what is righteous is widening. As prophesied by Isaiah, many today 'call evil good, and good evil.' (
Isa. 5:20.) Revelations from the prophets of God are not like offerings at the cafeteria, some to be selected and others disregarded. We are greatly indebted to the Prophet Joseph Smith for the many great revelations which came through him. He was without peer in restoring spiritual knowledge. (See D&C 135:3.)" - James E. Faust, "Lord, I Believe; Help Thou Mine Unbelief," Ensign (CR), November 2003, p.19

"I testify to you, and to all the world, that the inspiration and protecting care of a kind Father in heaven are real. He is close to the Church, and I know with my whole soul that he is not just an absent, far-away source, as some may think. He is a kind Father, solicitous of the welfare of his children, and ready and willing to hear and answer their call. The answer may be negative, as sometimes a wise parent gives a negative answer to the pleadings of a child, but he is ever ready to hear and to answer at a time when it is best for the one concerned." - David O. Mckay, "Conference Report," April 1968, Afternoon Meeting, p.146

"If any of us are to escape the perils that lie ahead, if any of us are to abide the day of the Lords return, if any of us are to gain peace in this life and be inheritors of eternal life in the world to come, we must receive the message sent from on high and conform to the counsel it contains.

"That messageour message to the worldis the message of the Restoration. It is the announcement that the heavens have been opened, that the voice of God is heard again. It is the proclamation of peace through obedience to the laws and ordinances of the holy gospel. It is the glad tidings that once again there are legal administrators who hold the keys of the kingdom and have power to bind on earth and seal in heaven (see D&C 27:13)." - Bruce R. McConkie, "The Lord God of the Restoration," Ensign (CR), November 1980, p.50

"How wondrous it is to read and ponder and interpret the prophetic word; to discover its deep and hidden meanings; to know that the conclusions reached, and the truths learned, are the very ones that had their origin in the prophetic mind. In the full sense this can only be done by the power of the Spirit; only those enlightened by the same Spirit that gave the ancient word can discover its true meaning and discern its true intent." - Bruce R. McConkie, "A New Witness for the Articles of Faith," p.430

"I recollect a dream that my father had. He dreamed that he was travelling, and that during his journey he came to a tremendous mountain of snow and saw that his pathway was hedged up. But some one said, 'Take one more step.' My father replied, 'But that will be the last.' However, he took that step, and then his guide said, 'Do you not see that there is room for you to take another?' When he had taken another, his guide told him to take still another in advance; and there was a passage all the way through. So it will be with us. The Lord will not reveal all that we at times wish him to. If a schoolmaster were to undertake to teach a little child algebra, you would call him foolish, would you not? Just so with our Father: he reveals to us as we are prepared to receive, and I hope to continue to learn. There is no cessation, in time nor in eternity, to the progress and increase of the righteous. If we will but put away every selfish feeling, we can come in possession of all the blessings that are in store for us." - Brigham Young, "Journal of Discourses," 26 vols., 5:331

“If you will ask your Heavenly Father in daily prayers to help you understand the messages and find answers to your problems or questions, and if you will strive to keep the commandments, you can have the spirit of the Holy Ghost to teach you and to open your mind more than you would ever have thought possible. These are special messages that are there for you for your individual needs at this particular time in your life.” - Ardeth G. Kapp, “The Holy Scriptures: Letters from Home,” Ensign (CR), November 1985, p. 93

“It may be so small a thing as to keep careful minutes in a deacons or a teachers quorum. There were young men years ago who kept meticulous records of what was decided and what was done by boys only months older than they were. That took faith that God called even 12-year-olds into His service who were being guided by revelation. Some of those quorum secretaries of long ago now sit in the presiding councils of the Church. They now read the minutes others prepare. And revelation flows to them now as it did to the leaders they served when they were boys like you. They had been prepared to trust that God reveals His will, even in apparently small matters, in His kingdom.” – Henry B. Eyring, “Be Ready,” Ensign, November 2009

“For each of you to receive revelation unique to your own needs and responsibilities, certain guidelines prevail. The Lord asks you to develop ‘faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God.’ Then with your firm ‘faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, [and] diligence,’ you may ask, and you will receive; you may knock, and it will be opened unto you. Russell M. Nelson, “Ask, Seek, Knock,” Ensign, November 2009

“One of the basic tenets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that we believe in continuous revelation. It is our testimony to the world that God communicates to prophets today the same as he did in ancient times. God’s revelations in times past have been sustained and revered in holy scripture. New revelation is the mind and will of the Lord through current prophets, and when they speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost, it is ‘the will of the Lord, … the mind of the Lord, … the word of the Lord, … the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation.’ (D&C 68:4. Italics added.)” - Paul H. Dunn, “Parents, Teach Your Children,” Ensign (CR), May 1974, p. 14

“In the performance of our responsibilities, I have learned that when we heed a silent prompting and act upon it without delay, our Heavenly Father will guide our footsteps and bless our lives and the lives of others. I know of no experience more sweet or feeling more precious than to heed a prompting only to discover that the Lord has answered another person's prayer through you.” - Thomas S. Monson, “Peace, Be Still,” Ensign (CR), November 2002, p. 53

“I know people who can talk endlessly about religion but who have never had a religious experience. I know people who have written books about religion but who have about as much spirituality as a cedar post. Their interest in gospel doctrine is to defend their own speculative views rather than to find out what the Lord thinks about whatever is involved. Their conversations and their writings are in the realm of reason and the intellect; the Spirit of God has not touched their souls; they have not been born again and become new creatures of the Holy Ghost; they have not received revelation.” - Bruce R. McConkie, “The Lord’s People Receive Revelation,” Ensign (CR), June 1971, p. 77

"In the day when the Prophet Joseph Smith lived, the divisions of Christendom were seen. His going into the woods to pray was a divine act, for through the deep faith of the boy, God spoke to him. We all know the story. God reestablished his Church, the priesthood of God was restored by John the Baptist, and Peter, James, and John. They came again to earth as resurrected beings. Thus Joseph Smith came to understand the supreme test of religion -- revelation. Religion as a purely human product, valuable at it is to human life and progress, has not the inner vigor to retain a place of commanding power. Religion requires revelation. 'The completest carrier of revelation can be no other, or less, than a chosen personality.' This was the Christian conception in the beginning. So we have the restored gospel today. The Church has its priesthood with its Apostles, seventies, and all the other offices in the Holy Priesthood of God." - Levi Edgar Young, "Conference Report," April 1950, p. 65

"Facing you, I am reminded of military days long ago when our platoon heard shouts from a sergeant: 'Attention!' 'Right face!' 'Left face!' 'About face!' We learned to respond to those orders with instant precision. In retrospect, I don't recall ever having heard his command to 'face upward.' Yet scriptures tell us to 'look to God and live.'" - Russell M. Nelson, "Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods," Ensign (CR), May 1996, p. 14

"Brothers and sisters, it is contrary to the economy of heaven for the Lord to repeat to each of us individually what He has already revealed to us collectively. The scriptures contain the words of Christ. They are the voice of the Lord. Studying the scriptures trains us to hear the Lord’s voice." - David M. McConkie, "Gospel Learning and Teaching," Ensign (CR) October 2010

Often as we grow from childhood to adolescence and then to adulthood, we have challenges and experiences along the way which cause us to know that we need the divine help that comes through the Holy Spirit. As struggles come, we may ask ourselves, “What is the answer to my problem?” and “How can I know what to do?”…

The way to receive personal revelation is really quite clear. We need to desire to receive revelation, we must not harden our hearts, and then we need to ask in faith, truly believe that we will receive an answer, and then diligently keep the commandments of God. - Barbara Thompson, "Personal Revelation and Testimony," Ensign (CR) October 2011

When an air pilot is taught to fly on a beam, he will not be tempted to go it blind by some promise of thrills or new adventure. He knows that there is only one course to follow if he would be safe. He is an enemy who would seek to divert his course and lure him away from the beam which is his safety. Fly the beam, pilot, for the headquarters from which it comes will guide you safely to a happy landing. - Hugh B. Brown, "The Eternal Quest," p.365

I think the challenge for all of us—but perhaps particularly for young adults—is to try not to look sideways to see how others are viewing our lives but to look up to see how Heavenly Father sees us. He doesn’t look on the outward appearance but on the heart (see 1 Samuel 16:7). And He knows, better than anyone else, what each one of us needs. - Carl B. Cook, "Look Up," Liahona, January 2012

In similar ways, the key to gaining the spiritual strength we need lies in what President Thomas S. Monson once described as entering a “sacred grove” of our own. He was teaching bishops, but the counsel applies to all members of the Church: “Every bishop needs a sacred grove to which he can retire to meditate and to pray for guidance. Mine was our old ward chapel. I could not begin to count the occasions when on a dark night at a late hour I would make my way to the stand of this building where I was blessed, confirmed, ordained, taught, and eventually called to preside. The chapel was dimly lighted by the streetlight in front; not a sound would be heard, no intruder to disturb. With my hand on the pulpit I would kneel and share with Him above my thoughts, my concerns, my problems.”

Of course, these “sacred grove” moments do not duplicate what happened to the Prophet Joseph in the Sacred Grove. We don’t enter into these devotional times expecting to see the Father and the Son any more than Joseph Smith did. But we can trust that Heavenly Father will answer our prayers; how He answers them, however, is up to Him. - Yoshihiko Kikuchi, "Opening the Heavens," Liahona, August 2009

We can all see by the candle of inspiration, which is the Spirit of the Holy Ghost. It will light our way out of darkness and difficulty. The most sure way to come out of darkness and into the light is through communication with our Heavenly Father by the process known as divine revelation. President Wilford Woodruff (1807–98) declared, “Whenever the Lord had a people on the earth that He acknowledged as such, that people were led by revelation.”   The inspiration of God is available to all who worthily seek the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit. This is particularly true of those who have received the gift of the Holy Ghost. - James E. Faust, "Put Life in Your Life," Liahona, June 2007

Always the thoughtful mind discerns the need for revelation and divine guidance. All that we see about us in science, technology, architecture, agriculture—civilization in general—can be truly said to be the fruit of history in the broadest sense. Where revelation and divine guidance have been absent, or ignored, we see the stark contrasts in history. - G. Homer Durham, "Why Study History?" Ensign, September 1978

Since the time of Joseph Smith, revelation has come through men called as prophets to lead the Lord’s Church. The Lord has not left His servants, His Church, or His people alone. We affirm that He grants divine guidance to those He calls to administer His kingdom. - Jay E. Jensen, "The Prophet Joseph Smith, an Extraordinary Teacher," Liahona, January 2008

How things have changed! Why? Because men, without divine guidance, could not agree in their interpretation of the scriptures. Jesus understood that without divine guidance men could not properly interpret the scriptures, for he said: "Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures." (Matt. 22:29.) Hence the need of the voice of authority to differentiate between the doctrines that are the precepts of men, as Isaiah states, and the truths revealed from heaven in the restoration of the gospel, for we did not get our teachings through man's interpretation of the scriptures, but by the revelations of the Lord to his latter-day prophet. - Legrand Richards, Conference Report, April 1969, Afternoon Meeting, p. 88

When I am faced with a very difficult matter, this is how I try to understand what to do. I fast. I pray to find and understand scriptures that will be helpful. That process is cyclical. I start reading a passage of scripture; I ponder what the verse means and pray for inspiration. I then ponder and pray to know if I have captured all the Lord wants me to do. Often more impressions come with increased understanding of doctrine. I have found that pattern to be a good way to learn from the scriptures. - Richard G. Scott, "How to Obtain Revelation and Inspiration for Your Personal Life," Ensign (CR) May 2012

There are many scriptures which assure us that God is as interested in us today as he has been in all his children from the beginning, and thus we believe in continuous revelation from God through his prophets to guide us in these latter days. The Prophet Amos said, “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7.) - N. Eldon Tanner, "Christ in America," Ensign (CR) May 1975

Revelation need not all come at once. It may be incremental. “Saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more.” Patience and perseverance are part of our eternal progression. - Russell M. Nelson, "Ask, Seek, Knock," Ensign (CR) November 2009

There seems to be astonishment among mankind generally that God would speak again in this latter day. “The heavens are closed,” they declare. It was a dark day when the religious leaders declared that revelation had ceased and when they presumed that mankind could negotiate his way by his own wisdom, leaning on the arm of flesh. But “‘The world by wisdom know not God,’ so the world by speculation are destitute of revelation. …” (DHC, vol. 5, p. 400.) It was a glorious day when the doctrine of revelation was again restored to mankind in this latter day. - John H. Vandenberg, "Touchstone of Truth," Ensign (CR) May 1974

Today, surrounded by so much information, we might think that navigating millions of web pages will give us all that we need to know. We can find good and bad information on the web, but information alone is not enough. God has given us another source for greater knowledge, even knowledge sent from heaven. Our Heavenly Father can give us such knowledge when we navigate the celestial web in our hearts and minds. The Prophet Joseph Smith said that he had “the oldest book in [his] heart, even the gift of the Holy Ghost.” - Walter F. González, "Learning with Our Hearts," Ensign (CR) November 2012

My brothers and sisters, the Lord’s purposes are often accomplished as we pay heed to the guidance of the Spirit. I believe that the more we act upon the inspiration and impressions which come to us, the more the Lord will entrust to us His errands. - Thomas S. Monson, "Consider the Blessings," Ensign (CR) November 2012

As we humbly come to sacrament meeting, we can be blessed to feel impressions for solutions to our daily problems. We must come prepared, be willing to listen, and not be distracted. In the scriptures we read, “But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.” We can know what we should do to solve our problems. - Don R. Clarke, "Blessings of the Sacrament," Ensign (CR) November 2012

So how can we recognize inspiration when it comes? Enos stated, “While I was thus struggling in the spirit, behold, the voice of the Lord came into my mind.” The voice of the spirit of revelation is not necessarily audible, but it gives us divine confirmation through our thoughts and feelings. As we are told in the Doctrine and Covenants, “I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.” We must cultivate our sensitivity to that divine voice. - James E. Faust, "Did You Get the Right Message?" Ensign (CR) May 2004

In terms of modern communication, crystal radio sets helped us emerge from the dark ages of communication. With advanced technology, cellular phones are used for much of the communication in our time. Occasionally, however, we find dead spots where the signal coming to a cell phone fails. This can happen when the cell phone user is in a tunnel or a canyon or when there is other interference.

So it is with divine communication. The still, small voice, though still and small, is very powerful. It “whispereth through and pierceth all things.” But like my old crystal set, the message may be there but we fail to pick it up. Perhaps something in our lives prevents us from hearing the message because we are “past feeling.” We often put ourselves in spiritual dead spots—places and situations that block out divine messages. Some of these dead spots include anger, pornography, transgression, selfishness, and other situations that offend the Spirit. - James E. Faust, "Did You Get the Right Message?" Ensign (CR) May 2004

Even with the slightest tug from the Master, we must be willing to completely alter our course. To succeed in life, we must teach our spirit and body to work together in obedience to God’s commandments. If we heed the gentle promptings of the Holy Ghost, it can unite our spirits and bodies in a purpose that will guide us back to our eternal home to live with our eternal Father in Heaven. - L. Tom Perry, “Obedience through Our Faithfulness,” Ensign (CR) May 2014

Much can be said upon what our duty is, but we can comprise the whole in saying, live so that the spirit of revelation will be in every man and woman, and it will lead them to truth and holiness. Then there would be no bickering, no contention, no lawsuits against each other, and there would be less business in the High Councils than there is now. Those who live for truth and holiness have a right to enjoy the revelations of Jesus Christ. We know the oracles of God which He has placed in the midst of this people, and we know that we should observe the counsel which is given to us. - Brigham Young, "Journal of Discourses, 26 vols.," 10:305

There are those who would assume that with the printing and binding of these sacred records, that would be the “end of the prophets.” But again we testify to the world that revelation continues and that the vaults and files of the Church contain these revelations which come month to month and day to day. We testify also that there is, since 1830 when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized, and will continue to be, so long as time shall last, a prophet, recognized of God and his people, who will continue to interpret the mind and will of the Lord. - Spencer W. Kimball, “Revelation: The Word of the Lord to His Prophets,” Ensign (CR) May 1977

Every member of the Church is entitled to know that God our Heavenly Father lives; that he is not dead. He is also entitled to know that our elder brother, Jesus Christ, is the Savior and Redeemer of the world, and that he has opened the door for us, that we, through our individual acts, may receive salvation and exaltation and dwell once again in the presence of our Heavenly Father. This assurance and witness must be earnestly sought.  - Henry D. Taylor, “Man Cannot Endure on Borrowed Light,” Ensign (CR) May 1971

We are prone to say that we are waiting on the Lord to receive light and truth when, as a matter of fact, the Lord is waiting on us—waiting for us to get into condition so he can reveal the light we seek and so desperately need. - Hartman Rector, Jr., “Ignorance is Expensive,” Ensign (CR) April 1971

The kingdom of God on earth continues to move forward with dedicated missionary and member alike having the conviction confirmed by the Holy Ghost that Joseph Smith saw God our Father and His Son Jesus Christ. It moves forward empowered by the assurance in the heart of each faithful member, individually, that those who lead us do so with the spirit of prophecy and revelation. We must never lose this precious gift. We must pay whatever price of faith and obedience is required to retain this great blessing. - L. Aldin Porter, “The Spirit of Prophecy,” Ensign (CR) October 1996

It has been my experience that some of the most powerful promptings we receive are not only for our own benefit but also for the benefit of others. If we are thinking only of ourselves, we may miss some of the most powerful spiritual experiences and profound revelations of our lives. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Waiting on the Road to Damascus,” Ensign (CR) April 2011

We should also seek learning by faith in God, the giver of revelation. I believe that many of the great discoveries and achievements in science and the arts have resulted from a God-given revelation. Seekers who have paid the price in perspiration have been magnified by inspiration. - Dallin H. Oaks, "Alternate Voices," Ensign (CR), May 1989, p. 27

The impress of great truths, caught ofttimes by a momentary flash of heavenly light, are held in store within the hidden recesses of the mind, forgotten, perhaps, for years. Then at a moment of crucial test or painful trial, in the time of distress and affliction, the active reagent compounded in the laboratory of memory and sensitized by the elixir of inspiration is applied, and the picture of the past is brought to light, attesting the truth in a way that none may gainsay or deny. - James E. Talmage, "The Parables of James E. Talmage," p. 17

I bear you my solemn testimony that the Lord opens the heavens to his servants today. He will answer your prayers for help beyond your human understanding. But I also bear you my testimony that the words "study it out" mean a degree of patience, labor, and persistence commensurate with the value of what you seek. - Henry B. Eyring, "To Draw Closer to God: A Collection of Discourses," p.95

Continuing revelation is a fundamental feature of this faith. Joseph Smith's first prayer is a powerful testimony of this. Revelation is a constant compass that keeps us always true to the will and the faith of our Heavenly Father. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Faith of Our Father,” Ensign (CR) April 2008

Revelation comes on the Lord's timetable, which often means we must move forward in faith, even though we haven't received all the answers we desire. - Robert D. Hales, "Personal Revelation: The Teachings and Examples of the Prophets,” Ensign (CR) October 2007

There is a God in heaven who reveals His secrets to His servants the Prophets, and we are all Prophets in a certain sense, if we are under the influence of the Holy Ghost, so far as that is concerned: the most humble man or woman in the Church can get down upon his or her knees in prayer, and the heavens will be opened in such a way that we will understand the will of God. Our prayers will ascend to God, and, if we are sincere and honest in our supplication, we will receive an answer through the still small voice which will guide our footsteps through life, and which will cause us to do the right thing at the right time, and to take such steps as we shall not subsequently have occasion to regret. - Andrew Jenson, "Conference Report," October 1912, Outdoor Meeting., p.115

How this confused world of today needs revelation from God. With war and pestilence and famine, with poverty, desolation, with more and more graft, dishonesty, and immorality, certainly the people of this world need revelation from God as never before. How absurd it would be to think that the Lord would give to a small handful of people in Palestine and the Old World his precious direction through revelation and now, in our extremity, close the heavens. - Spencer W. Kimball, "Revelation: The Word of the Lord to His Prophets," Ensign (CR), May 1977, p.76

Revelation does not depend upon books. It is an eternal principle, a perennial, ever- flowing fountain. Books may come and books may go, but revelation goes on forever. - Orson F. Whitney, “Conference Report,” October 1925, Afternoon Session, p.102

I should like also to add my testimony to the testimonies of my brethren who spoke this morning, concerning the spirits that are with us to guide, inspire, and protect us. Many people have said to me: "Brother Smith, how can you tell the difference between the promptings of the Lord, or his agencies, and the promptings of the adversary or his agencies?" They say they are unable, in most respects, to discern the difference between those promptings. I have said: "After earnest and sincere prayer follow your first impression, and you will always go right." Then they say: "Well, how can I tell which is my first impression? They are usually so close to each other it is difficult to even tell which is the first impression." Then I say: "The impression made by the Spirit that is for our guide in safety in the Church is always from a good spirit, the Spirit that proclaims and announces the truth, and the truth doesn't need an alibi or crutches to support it." So if you go back and knock down all the crutches, all the alibis, all the excuses, the ifs and ands and buts that attempt to support it, that crowd and urge us—because, as a rule, I have discovered that the adversary's agencies, in their promptings, are usually of an urging, crowding, hurrying nature, while the Spirit of the Lord and his agencies are always of a quiet, sweet, peaceful and convincing character—so that after we have done away with all the excuses, all the alibis that usually support our experiences, we can discover which is the right spirit. The spirit of conviction, of peace and of charity, which is the love of the Lord and his work, is not in a hurry, but has time to decide, time to weigh, time to consider; does not act in haste, but in calm deliberation. We learn then the truth, and we have a guide which is a companion to every member of the Church who is faithful and true, so that we are able, through the blessings of the Lord, to receive that comfort and consolation which will support us, even in time of distress. - Hyrum G. Smith, “Conference Report,” October 1931, Afternoon Meeting, p.27

Never forget, question, or ignore personal, sacred spiritual experiences. The adversary’s design is to distract us from spiritual witnesses, while the Lord’s desire is to enlighten and engage us in His work. – Ronald A. Rasband, “Lest Thou Forget,” Ensign (CR) November 2016

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