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Revelation, the temple, and covenants: Key principles addressed by Church leaders in recent remarks

by | Jun. 04, 2021

Editor’s note: “This week from the pulpit” highlights recent messages by Church leaders.

Part of our journey here on earth includes finding our way back to Heavenly Father. Luckily for us, we aren’t alone in that journey. In recent remarks, Church leaders addressed key principles that can guide us through our path in mortality. Elder Dale G. Renlund spoke to missionaries about 14 principles of personal revelation. The Young Women General Presidency offered council on how we can “pitch our tents” toward the temple. And speaking in an Ensign College devotional, former Young Women General President Bonnie L. Oscarson spoke on how covenants show God’s love.

Read a preview of their remarks below or find full summaries at Church News. 

Part of our journey here on earth includes finding our way back to Heavenly Father. Luckily for us, we aren’t alone in that journey. In recent remarks, Church leaders addressed key principles that can guide us through our path in mortality. Elder Dale G. Renlund spoke to missionaries about 14 principles of personal revelation. The Young Women General Presidency offered council on how we can “pitch our tents” toward the temple. And speaking in an Ensign College devotional, former Young Women General President Bonnie L. Oscarson spoke on how covenants show God’s love.

Read a preview of their remarks below or find full summaries at Church News. 


Elder Renlund offers missionaries 14 principles on receiving personal revelation

By Scott Taylor, Church News

Drawing from personal experiences, scriptures, and teachings from past and present Church leaders, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared 14 principles on personal revelation in a Thursday, May 27, online devotional—principles that can help missionaries to feel and recognize the Spirit.

“Revelation is a life skill, not just a temporary way to be an effective missionary,” Elder Renlund said. “As we use the gift of the Holy Ghost in this way, we will find that the Holy Ghost becomes a companion who can be relied upon, trusted, and depended on more. You can receive revelation.

“As you learn those skills to use the gift of the Holy Ghost that you’ve received, God will change your future for good. He will bless you, He will protect you, He will help you. I know this to be true.”

Learn about each of the 14 principles at Church News


How can we figuratively ‘pitch our tents’ toward the temple each day? Young Women General Presidency asks

By the Young Women General Presidency, published in Church News

In the Book of Mosiah in the Book of Mormon, we read about King Benjamin, a righteous leader nearing the end of his life. The king desired to deliver a final sermon to the people of Zarahemla and confer his kingdom on his son, Mosiah.

A proclamation went out throughout the land inviting people to gather around the temple the next day and hear the last address from their beloved king. King Benjamin’s followers came in great numbers. We read that there were ”even so many that they did not number them . . .” (Mosiah 2:2).

We also learn that when the people arrived, they came as family groups consisting of husbands, wives, daughters and sons, from the oldest down to the youngest. Many young women would certainly have been part of the multitude of people who trekked to the temple to hear their leader’s message. Mosiah explains that the people pitched their tents round about the temple, with each family having their tent with the door toward the temple, so they would be able to hear the advice and testimony of their king one last time.

In these few short verses from more than 2,000 years ago, there are many lessons and examples that are significant for young women who want to be disciples of Christ today in the 21st century. The sermon itself remains among the most instructive and inspiring discourses contained in the holy scriptures, with divine guidance on the ways for all people to live and understand their true identity as children of God.

Read more from the Young Women General Presidency at Church News.


Sister Oscarson teaches Ensign College students how covenants are a manifestation of God’s love

By Megan McKellar, Church News

Covenants are evidence of Heavenly Father’s love for His children, taught Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, former Young Women General President, at an Ensign College devotional June 1. “There is power and there are great blessings which come from being among God’s covenant people.”

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles defined covenants as “divine agreements” in which “God binds Himself to sustain, sanctify, and exalt us in return for our commitment to serve Him and keep His commandments.”

Being bound to God through covenants is the only possible way to return to Him and receive exaltation.

“Think of it! God invites us to come out of our worldly sphere and to enter His sphere through covenants,” Sister Oscarson said. “We are invited to join Him, to partner with Him in our salvation and in the salvation of all of His children.”

Read a full summary of Sister Oscarson’s remarks at Church News.


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