In his first general conference as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russell M. Nelson provided a blueprint for how we can consistently receive personal revelation in our lives.
“The privilege of receiving revelation is one of the greatest gifts of God to His children,” President Nelson said.
He said that as we pray to our Heavenly Father and receive direction in our lives, we won’t need to puzzle over what is right or whom we can safely trust.
In order to receive personal revelation, President Nelson said that we must first qualify ourselves.
“Nothing opens the heavens,” he explained, “quite like the combination of increased purity, exact obedience, earnest seeking, daily feasting on the words of Christ in the Book of Mormon, and regular time committed to temple and family history work.”
How to Receive Revelation
When we wish to obtain answers or deeper understanding, President Nelson counseled us to follow Joseph Smith’s example. He said to find a quiet place we can regularly go, humble ourselves, and pour out our hearts to our Father in Heaven.
“Pray in the name of Jesus Christ about your concerns, your fears, your weaknesses,” he counseled, “yes, the very longings of your heart. And then listen! Write the thoughts that come to your mind. Record your feelings and follow through with actions you are prompted to take.”
What Personal Revelation Will Do for You
“As you continue to be obedient,” he explained, “expressing gratitude for every blessing the Lord gives you, and as you patiently honor the Lord’s timetable, you will be given the knowledge and understanding you seek. Every blessing the Lord has for you—even miracles—will follow. That is what personal revelation will do for you.”
“We have made the decision to retire ‘home teaching’ and ‘visiting teaching’ as we have known them. Instead, we will implement a newer, holier approach to caring and ministering to others. We will refer to those efforts simply as ‘ministering;’”
President Nelson reminded each of us that as members of Christ’s Church, we must “minister to the one, just as [the Savior] did,” explaining “a hallmark of the Lord’s true and living Church will always be an organized, directed effort to minister to the individual children of God and their families.”