Revelation

October 12, 2021 05:37 PM MDT
"The Holy Ghost is not always going to invite us to do what is easy or convenient. In fact, the Spirit will sometimes send promptings that go exactly counter to what we want to do."
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May 17, 2021 08:17 PM MDT
When Sister Tracy Browning’s mother was investigating The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she reached a pivotal junction in her study of the restored gospel—a desire to know if the Book of Mormon was the true word of God.
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May 04, 2021 08:45 PM MDT
As I’ve thought about the announcement of a new temple in Ephraim and a revision to the Manti temple renovation plans, my mind keeps reflecting on a truth echoed by Church leaders at the press conference: the decision was an answer to prayer.
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December 23, 2020 12:03 PM MST
This excerpt originally ran on LDS Living in December 2019 and is being shared again in honor of Joseph Smith's birthday.
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November 04, 2020 11:00 AM MST
During October 2020 general conference, President Russell M. Nelson encouraged all to prepare spiritually and temporally for times ahead. He said:
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By  Emily Abel
August 14, 2020 02:51 PM MDT
Editor's note: "This week from the pulpit" highlights recent messages by General Authorities, General Officers and leaders of the Church.
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July 17, 2020 06:42 PM MDT
Editor's note: Our bi-weekly Friday column, “Found in the footnotes,” explores some of the footnotes from remarks given by General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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February 11, 2020 05:00 PM MST
The room was filled with teachers from Seminaries and Institutes, and although Elder David A. Bednar was facilitating the discussion, he pointed to the importance of having the true teacher present.
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December 19, 2019 09:08 AM MST
The following story originally ran on LDS Living in 2016.
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November 23, 2019 12:21 PM MST
The following is an excerpt from Elder John H. Groberg’s book Fire of Faith, which details his experiences with his family as he served as a mission president in Tonga.
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November 05, 2019 09:45 AM MST
This is the third in a series of articles from Sister Wendy Watson Nelson's new book, The Heavens Are Open. Read the first part here or the second part here.
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October 29, 2019 08:34 AM MDT
This is the second in a series of articles from Sister Wendy Watson Nelson's new book, The Heavens Are Open. Read the first part here.
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October 22, 2019 08:39 AM MDT
This is the first in a series of articles from Sister Wendy Watson Nelson's new book, The Heavens Are Open.Check back next week for more powerful insights.
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October 08, 2019 09:27 AM MDT
“The ability to qualify for, receive, and act upon personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life” (Julie B. Beck, “And upon the Handmaids in Those Days will I Pour out my Spirit,” Ensign, May 2010), but between dirty diapers and fruit snacks, it often feels like an impossible feat.
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September 10, 2019 12:00 PM MDT
The following has been republished with permission from taylorhalverson.com.
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By  LDS Living
August 27, 2019 01:35 PM MDT
LDS Living wants to invite you on a journey to become better seekers of truth, better receivers of personal revelation, and better answerers of difficult, soul-stretching questions.
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August 24, 2019 02:43 PM MDT
Dreams given to members of Joseph Smith’s family helped prepare them for the challenges and trials that they would face in coming years. An anticipation of the gospel was planted in their hearts by inspired dreams which made the Restoration that much more precious to them. When young Joseph shared his visions and revelations, his family members were ready to believe and sustain him.
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August 17, 2019 12:00 PM MDT
Daniel, Pilate's wife, Lehi—there is definitely more than one recording in the scriptures of people receiving revelation through dreams.
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In the scriptures, the Savior affirms that we “shall see my face and know that I am” (Doctrine and Covenants 93:1). It should come as no surprise, then, that the Savior would appear to men and women in dreams. The children of God in all nations have His promise that He can manifest Himself to them. The Book of Mormon teaches, “He manifesteth himself unto all those who believe in him, by the power of the Holy Ghost; yea, unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, working mighty miracles, signs and wonders, among the children of men according to their faith” (2 Nephi 26:13). Certainly, the Lord is no respecter of persons when it comes to whom He will manifest Himself unto. . . .
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Like birth, death is a necessary and essential part of the plan of salvation (see Moses 6:59–62)—which Jacob and Alma both called the “great plan of happiness” (2 Nephi 9:6; Alma 42:8). Facing death can be one of the most fearful experiences of mortality. For the righteous, though, death can be sweet and need not be feared (see Alma 27:28). Indeed, the Lord revealed to Joseph Smith that “those that die in me shall not taste of death, for it shall be sweet unto them” (Doctrine and Covenants 42:46). On the other hand, for people who die not in Christ, death can be a bitter experience (see Doctrine and Covenants 42:47), and the thought of an approaching death can create foreboding, trepidation, and fear. Dreams regarding death can serve as a powerful reminder that this life is the time for us to prepare to meet God (see Alma 12:24; 34:32). . . .
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July 27, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
We’ve all heard stories of people claiming to have received messages from God through their dreams. Is that really possible? Does the Lord communicate with us through dreams, and if so, how does it work? On this week’s episode of All In, Ken Alford, co-author of Dreams as Revelation, dives into what we know about these nighttime revelations.
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July 13, 2019 09:21 AM MDT
I have been concerned over the years that too often our youth (and, unfortunately, even some of our more experienced members) are prone to confuse sentimentality with spirituality, tears with testimony. Let me illustrate. One Mutual night as I came out of my bishop’s office, I noticed that the members of the Laurel class were huddled in the hall and in the midst of what seemed to be quite a fascinating discussion. They appeared to be talking about one of the young women in their class who had, during the last year, slipped out of Church activity.
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July 12, 2019 01:29 PM MDT
"Women have remarkable influence," President M. Russell Ballard recently posted on Instagram. "You sisters have been divinely endowed with a unique kind of discernment and strength that differs in some ways from the gifts our Heavenly Father gave His sons. These differences are intentional and eternal. They don’t make you better than a man, nor do they make you inferior to him. They just make you different—wonderfully, deliberately, everlastingly so."
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By  LDS Living
June 03, 2019 11:47 AM MDT
"The heavens opened," Sister Wendy Watson Nelson says of the revelation she received to marry then-Elder Russell M. Nelson. "I knew in three different ways that the Lord's will was for this potential relationship with Elder Russell M. Nelson."
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May 02, 2019 09:00 PM MDT
Nearly a decade ago, one Latter-day Saint sister endured the unthinkable for a mother—the loss of her son to suicide. After years of heartache and struggling with tremendous guilt, suffering, and "what ifs," this sister found a sweet peace in the temple.
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April 30, 2019 07:25 PM MDT
Many years ago in my native home of Mexico, my uncle became very ill, and it was clear that he would soon pass away. Relatives gathered at his bedside, crying and mourning his passing. I was only a child at the time, but I felt very sad about my uncle.
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April 30, 2019 12:09 PM MDT
Learn how newly called General Authority Seventy Elder Rubén V. Alliaud found the gospel as a teenager and later found his wife after receiving revelation through a dream.
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April 20, 2019 01:39 PM MDT
The following modern stories from the lives of real people show how intimately the Lord knows us and watches over His children, even those who do not hold high position in the Church. Some of these examples are really quite remarkable. Others show that the Lord intervenes even in things some might not consider worthy of an earthly parent’s attention, let alone a Divine One’s. Yet, they truly show “that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen” (1 Nephi 1:20).
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April 13, 2019 03:02 PM MDT
Elder Wallace D. Montague reported that he and two other missionaries were walking down a street in Dresden when they were arrested by the police. They were taken to a nearby precinct and questioned for two hours. When they asked for permission to tell other missionaries where they were, one officer sneered and said, “You are political prisoners. You are going no place.”
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April 04, 2019 12:10 PM MDT
Every month can feel like a whirlwind of revelation, insights, and adjustments in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—both in our personal lives and in the worldwide Church. And that's the way we should feel as members of a Church who believe in a living God, a living Savior, and ongoing revelation.
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By  LDS Living
March 24, 2019 10:32 PM MDT
"When the messages come during the dark of night, Russell M. Nelson reaches for his lighted pen and takes dictation from the Lord," Daniel Burke from CNN writes.
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March 23, 2019 03:08 PM MDT
When it comes to heavenly communication, does it ever feel like the Lord has everyone else on speed dial—and you’re just sitting there hoping for any little bit of communication, even a generic “new phone, who dis” text?
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By  LDS Living
February 16, 2019 02:00 PM MST
Kim White is a Latter-day Saint woman who has been battling stage 4 cancer for nearly five years—something doctors told her at the time of her diagnosis that she would be lucky to do.
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February 09, 2019 01:15 PM MST
The following has been republished from alittlepencil.com.
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February 07, 2019 12:57 PM MST
It was a few days before we found out that she had died. . . .
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February 05, 2019 02:15 PM MST
"Do you want a big rock or a little rock?" Dave Evertsen asked, weighing one in each hand.
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Fun
January 17, 2019 10:00 PM MST
The Urim and Thummim consists of two seer stones or interpreters used by selected prophets throughout the ages. In ancient Israel the stones were part of the breastplate worn by the high priest of the Aaronic Priesthood. According to lds.org, the Urim and Thummim is “an instrument prepared of God to assist man in obtaining revelation from the Lord and in translating languages.” The website also states that the name Urim and Thummim is Hebrew for “lights and perfections” and that “there is more than one Urim and Thummim, but we are informed that Joseph Smith had the one used by the brother of Jared” (See D&C 17:1).
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January 09, 2019 10:00 PM MST
What does God want me to do? This is a common question that is sincerely asked by individuals seeking to live a good life and wanting their actions to be in alignment with God’s will. It is a familiar quest that many embark on, to try to figure out what work they were preordained to accomplish. What’s their personal mission? What’s the purpose of their life? These are valuable questions to wrestle with.
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December 29, 2018 12:43 PM MST
There are certain roadblocks or barriers to communion with the Infinite, things that get in the way and prevent us from enjoying the kind of closeness with our Heavenly Father that we could have. We all could volunteer examples of such roadblocks. Let me suggest but a few.
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December 11, 2018 01:29 PM MST
So it’s clear that there is no “perfect” person for us, and there’s comfort in that. If you’re broken up with (or even if you’re the one to end things), you can rest assured knowing that there is someone with whom you can be eternally happy.
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December 10, 2018 09:54 AM MST
Though born in Jerusalem a short distance from where the Savior—already whipped, bruised, and tortured—was executed on a cross, Sahar Qumsiyeh grew up in Bethlehem—the land of Jesus Christ's birth. But the sunbaked streets that Qumsiyeh knew held little reminiscence of biblical starlit skies and angelic choirs.
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October 30, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
A few months ago, I received a strong impression to write on a specific topic. It was a welcome revelation, because as far as my writing has gone, it has seemed that God has had no strong feelings on what I should write. I know He cares about my hobbies and interests, of course, but as I’ve prayed about what to write in recent years, passing ideas by Him or asking for direction, it’s almost been as though His answer has been, “Yeah, that sounds like a good idea. You could do that. Whatever you feel you want to do is fine with me.”
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October 16, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
The following is an excerpt from theChurch's new groundbreaking history, Saints: The Standard of Truth. Read it for free through the Gospel Library app and at saints.lds.org or buy a hard copy to own at Deseret Book. Get more insights into Church history with theSaints podcast.
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October 15, 2018 04:06 PM MDT
Emotionally and physically exhausted, President Heber J. Grant worried over his 7-year-old son— who lay seriously ill and in excruciating pain. President Grant was terrified at the idea of losing another child, having already lost one son, but then an other-worldly dream comforted his breaking heart, preparing him for the pain which was to come.
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October 12, 2018 10:00 PM MDT
President Russell M. Nelson has said: “I never ask myself, ‘When does the prophet speak as a prophet and when does he not?’ My interest has been, ‘How can I be more like him?’"
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September 07, 2018 03:23 PM MDT
Conference Talk
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August 31, 2018 09:17 AM MDT
There are three aspects of the process of revelation. We might call these the three R’s of revelation. First, we must receive revelation. Second, we must recognize revelation for what it is when it does come. Third, we must respond to that revelation if we expect to receive more.
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August 24, 2018 12:51 PM MDT
A story about Joseph Smith and his bodyguard Allen Stout provides yet another example of an encounter with a translated person who concealed his angelic status while fulfilling his mission upon the earth. As Joseph Smith and Allen Stout were walking on a road west of the Mississippi River, “they saw a man walking along a road leading in from the south and coming towards them. The Prophet told Allen to remain where he was while he stepped over to speak with this pedestrian. Allen turned his back towards them and for a time forgot the Prophet and became engaged with his own thoughts, while he stood whipping a low bush with the cane he carried.
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By  LDS Living
August 20, 2018 01:29 PM MDT
As an apostle of the Lord and now our living prophet, President Russell M. Nelson has had many sacred experiences receiving revelation to guide the Church and to bless individual lives. One beautiful story of a dream he had can give us unique insight into how this revelation is sometimes received.
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August 18, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
When it comes to making big decisions, finding answers to questions, or searching for solutions, we know that seeking revelation is vital. But sometimes as we are pondering and seeking, we find that instead we are overthinking and worrying. Our fears and anxieties dominate our thoughts, and worries spiral to the point that we are unable to receive the heavenly direction we need.
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By  LDS Living
August 13, 2018 07:26 PM MDT
Many Latter-day Saints have had sacred experiences through dreams. In fact, as Elder Richard G. Scott revealed, dreams are one of the ways our Heavenly Father communicates with His children:
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July 27, 2018 07:16 PM MDT
This month's edition of weekly FHE lessons is based on the new family movie Trek, which follows a young Mormon teenager named Tom and his friends on their handcart journey. Each lesson includes a scene from movie to watch and discuss. Your whole family will laugh along and be inspired by Trek: The Movie, available at Deseret Book stores and deseretbook.com.
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July 14, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
One of the most challenging (and intimidating) things that General Authorities and Area Seventies are asked to do is to choose a new stake presidency during the creation of a stake or the reorganization of an existing stake presidency. It involves visiting a stake where typically the authority doesn't know any of the leadership personally. Even more challenging, the General Authority is often assigned to go to a country where he does not speak the language and has to do everything through translators. Yet in a period that lasts no more than about twelve hours, a decision must be made that is in harmony with the Lord's will.
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July 10, 2018 05:35 PM MDT
“We may not see angels, hear heavenly voices, or receive overwhelming spiritual impressions. We frequently may press forward hoping and praying—but without absolute assurance—that we are acting in accordance with God’s will. But as we honor our covenants and keep the commandments, we can walk with confidence that God will guide our steps," Elder Bednar taught.
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July 09, 2018 07:19 PM MDT
In 1830, Joseph Smith received the revelation that would lead to what we know now as the LDS hymnbook. Here's how that happened.
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By  LDS Living
June 27, 2018 06:34 PM MDT
There are so many questions we encounter in life it's impossible to count them all. Some are mundane and easy to answer, while others are unique and may take a lifetime to resolve. But the most difficult questions often have to do with own lives, questions like: "What career path should I take?" "Whom should I marry?" "How can I be a better parent/spouse?"
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May 15, 2018 12:46 PM MDT
For most of the thirty-nine years Samuel King [president of the Sudoeste District of the Uruguay-Paraguay Mission] spent as an administrator of a large meat-packing plant [in Montevideo, Uruguay], he was a staunch member of the Church of England. . . .
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May 03, 2018 08:38 PM MDT
During the BYU Women's Conference on May 3, Sisters Sharon Eubank and Reyna Aburto, counselors in the general Relief Society presidency, discussed ways we can overcome our differences in the Church and better minister to one another. These acts of love and reaching can be simple, they taught, and more creative than we might realize.
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April 12, 2018 08:53 PM MDT
As I have read and taught these chapters in the books of Kings, I have found what I think are some worthwhile insights on following prophets. These principles will form the outline of this Old Testament lesson. Once again I offer this disclaimer. This lesson is not meant to replace the one in the Old Testament Gospel Doctrine manual. Its purpose is to give some additional insights into the lesson and to illustrate with Old Testament examples some great principles taught here.
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April 10, 2018 01:50 PM MDT
While having a good job, earning a living, and making meaningful connections with others are all incredibly important components of a well-rounded lifestyle, these things should not become the foundation of who we are and how we seek our happiness.
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