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Oct 4th 2006

Mormon Beliefs: Revelation

This article on Mormonism was written by Pamela. It is one of a series of informational posts about perceived mysteries or secrets of the LDS Church. –Admin

Revelation

Revelation is communication from God to His children. The scriptures tell us of different types of revelation, such as visions, dreams, and visitations by angels. Through these channels the Lord restored the gospel of Jesus Christ to earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Such revealed truths concerning our premortal existence, temple work, postmortal life and three degrees of glory were revealed to Joseph Smith. However, most will not receive revelation through these channels, but through the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. These whisperings may not seem as spectacular as visions and visitations from angels, but they are nonetheless just as powerful.

There are some who believe that revelation seizes to exist and that Heavenly Father no longer communicates with his children on earth. With a world of uncertainty – now more than ever, we need revelation in our lives. What a sad existence we would have without the guidance of a loving Father in Heaven.

Counsel has been given to the members of the Mormon Church, in how to prepare oneself to receive the promptings from the Holy Ghost. His stewardship of being a ‘testifier of truth’ can be our constant companion and help in understanding the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the guidance in which Heavenly Father has for us.

We are counseled in James 1:5 that in order for us to find and receive, we must first seek and ask. In other words, praying to Heavenly Father for guidance. When we have humbled ourselves enough through pray and righteous living, then the Lord answers our prayers and the door to revelation is opened. This however does not mean that revelation will come immediately. The Lord is in charge and knows what is best for us and will answer according to his timetable. “…receiveth revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things – that which bringeth life eternal.”[1]

We must also remember that the Lord does not solve all of our problems and issues in life. At times, revelation will come only after we have studied it out in our mind. When Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were working on the translation of the Book of Mormon, the Lord taught Oliver how to seek and receive the revelation he needed to translate. The Lord counseled, “But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your minds, 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. But if it be not right you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong…”[2]

We may not feel a burning in our bosom all the time. We may have a feeling of peace or an uncomfortable feeling about a wrong decision. And, our answers of revelation may come through someone else or as we are reading the scriptures. The Lord reveals answers through different avenues – it is us who must learn to listen and then act upon that answer. The Lord said, “I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall swell in your heart. Now, behold, this is the spirit of revelation.”[3]

For more information on the Mormon Church and their beliefs please see the following website:
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———Footnotes———
[1] Doctrine and Covenants 42:61
[2] Doctrine and Covenants 9:8-9
[3] Doctrine and Covenants 8:2-3

One Response to “Mormon Beliefs: Revelation”

  1. Jim

    Isn’t revelation here just a fancier word for having a conscious?

    Kind of like agency is really just free will?