Lesson 24: Revelation in Our Daily Lives

Young Women Manual 2, (1993), 89–92


Objective

Each young woman will understand how she can receive revelation in her daily life.

Preparation

  1. 1.

    Bring paper and pencils for the class members.

  2. 2.

    Prepare pieces of paper with one of the following scriptural references written on each paper: 1 Nephi 10:17 (last half of verse); Matthew 7:7–8; James 1:5–7; Doctrine and Covenants 9:8–9; Alma 37:37; and 1 Nephi 17:45. Make enough papers for each young woman, even if you must use scriptural references more than once.

  3. 3.

    Prepare to have the class sing the first and third verses of “Teach Me to Walk in the Light” (Hymns, no. 304).

  4. 4.

    Assign young women to present any scriptures, stories, or quotations you wish.

Suggested Lesson Development

Introduction

Story

Share the following story. Ask the young women to identify the gospel principle that is illustrated in the story.

“The youth from several wards were meeting together; the hour was late; many sweet and moving testimonies had been shared that evening when Bishop Rogers signaled to the capable young priest conducting to bring the meeting to a close, even though the bench was still filled with youth eager to bear their testimonies. But having waited this long for courage to stand, and being next in line, Melany could not pass this opportunity. … She moved quickly to the pulpit.

“‘You see,’ she said, ‘I was called to be a class president of 17 girls, and the bishop said I was responsible for them. I was scared to death. I didn’t even know for sure where they were. Then he told me to decide on my counselors and reminded me of the need to pray and ask the Lord. I wondered how it worked—how would I know who the Lord wanted.’ …

“‘I wrote 17 names on a piece of paper. Then I prayed about those names. Each time I would finish my prayer, I felt right about crossing off one or two names from the list. I kept thinking and praying and trying to decide until the third day. With only two names remaining, I had a strong feeling that I knew who Heavenly Father wanted. That’s how it works’” (Ardeth G. Kapp, “Yes, You Are Old Enough Girls,” New Era, May 1974, p. 14).

Revelation Is the Means by Which God Communicates with Us

Discussion

Hand each young woman a piece of paper and a pencil. Ask her to write a definition of the word revelation and hand it to you unsigned. Discuss each definition with the class. Bring out the following meaning:

“Prayer is the means by which man communicates with God. Revelation is the means by which God communicates with man.”

Quotation

As you read the following, ask the young women to identify who is entitled to revelation:

“Now I say that we are entitled to revelation. I say that every member of the Church, independent and irrespective of any position that he may hold, is entitled to get revelation from the Holy Ghost; he is entitled to entertain angels; he is entitled to view the visions of eternity; and if we would like to go the full measure, he is entitled to see God the same way that any prophet in literal and actual reality has seen the face of Deity” (Bruce R. McConkie, How to Get Personal Revelation, Brigham Young University Speeches of the Year [Provo, 11 Oct. 1966], p. 4).

Chalkboard discussion

Write the following scriptural references on the chalkboard. Do not write the methods of revelation at this time.

Scripture

Method

1. 1 Nephi 11–13; Joseph Smith—History 1:17

Direct vision or visit

2. Joseph Smith—History 1:33; Exodus 3:4

Direct word of God or angels

3. Exodus 28:29–30; Doctrine and Covenants 17:1; Alma 37:38–45

Special instruments such as the Urim and Thummim, Liahona

4. 1 Nephi 2:1–2; 1 Nephi 8:2

Dreams

5. Doctrine and Covenants 8:2; 20:26; Helaman 5:44–47

Holy Ghost

Have the young women use their copies of the standard works to locate the scriptures and identify the ways in which God communicates with us. You may wish to assign scriptures to young women. As the methods are identified, write them on the chalkboard.

Ask the young women to remember what gift they were given immediately after their baptisms. Then read the following statement from the Prophet Joseph Smith: “No man can receive the Holy Ghost without receiving revelations. The Holy Ghost is a revelator” (History of the Church, 6:58).

Each of Us Can Receive Revelation to Guide Us in Our Daily Lives

Teacher presentation

Explain that all of us are entitled to personal revelation in our lives. Situations arise daily in which we need to know the Lord’s will. We can know this only through revelation. Because the Lord loves us, we can have the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit. This Spirit will gently inspire us and guide us to truth.

Quotation

Elder Boyd K. Packer offered the following insight on how we can gain spiritual knowledge:

We should not “expect revelation to replace the spiritual or temporal intelligence which we have already received—only to extend it. We must go about our life in an ordinary, workaday way, following the routines and rules and regulations that govern life.

“Rules and regulations and commandments are valuable protection. Should we stand in need of revealed instruction to alter our course, it will be waiting along the way as we arrive at the point of need” (“The Candle of the Lord,” Ensign, Jan. 1983, p. 54).

Scripture study

Hand out the pieces of paper you have prepared listing scriptural references. Ask each young woman to look up a scripture and determine what it says about receiving revelation. Explain that, as a class, you will compile a list that answers the question, “What are some ways we prepare to receive revelation?” Give the young women adequate time to find and read the scriptures. Then ask them to explain what the scriptures say. Compile this list on the chalkboard:

What are some ways we prepare to receive revelation?

  1. 1.

    We must have a desire and must seek for help. (1 Nephi 10:17, last half of verse; Matthew 7:7–8.)

  2. 2.

    We must have faith. (James 1:5–7.)

  3. 3.

    We “must study it out” in our minds and reach a tentative decision. (D&C 9:8–9.)

  4. 4.

    We must counsel with the Lord and ask if our decisions are correct. (Alma 37:37.)

  5. 5.

    We must be in tune with the Lord and recognize the answer. (1 Nephi 17:45.)

Case studies

Ask the young women what could be done in the following situations to receive help and guidance. Be sure the young women realize that they must make an effort to receive revelation.

  1. 1.

    Cindy, the president of a Young Women class, must choose a young woman from her class to be chairman of an important summer project. How can Cindy receive help in choosing the right person for this assignment? What should she do besides pray about the problem?

  2. 2.

    Patti has been called by her bishop to be the president of a Young Women class. She is very busy with school and outside activities and feels that she does not have the time or ability to be a class leader. How can the Holy Ghost help her fulfill her calling?

  3. 3.

    Tricia recently moved to a new city. When she started school, she knew nothing about the young women in her classes. She was lonely and uneasy and wanted help in making friends. What should she do? How can she request and receive the help of the Holy Ghost?

Scripture reading and discussion

Read Doctrine and Covenants 9:7–9 and D&C 6:22–23. Have the young women underline and cross-reference these two scriptures. Discuss how a person can know if she has received revelation. What form does revelation usually take?

Quotations

Have a young woman read the following quotation to further clarify the meaning of the scriptures.

“Answers from the Lord come quietly—ever so quietly. In fact, few hear his answers audibly with their ears. We must be listening so carefully or we will never recognize them. Most answers from the Lord are felt in our heart as a warm comfortable expression, or they may come as thoughts to our mind. They come to those who are prepared and who are patient” (H. Burke Peterson, in Conference Report, Oct. 1973, p. 13; or Ensign, Jan. 1974, p. 19).

Read to the young women the following quotation by President Marion G. Romney, and invite them to observe how a person can know if her prayer has been answered:

“When confronted with a problem I prayerfully weigh in my mind alternative solutions and come to a conclusion as to which of them is best. Then in prayer I submit to the Lord my problem, tell him I desire to make the right choice, what is, in my judgment, the right course. Then I ask him if I have made the right decision to give me the burning in my bosom that He promised Oliver Cowdery. When enlightenment and peace come into my mind, I know the Lord is saying yes. If I have a ‘stupor of thought,’ I know he is saying no, and I try again, following the same procedure.

“In conclusion, I repeat: I know when and how the Lord answers my prayers by the way I feel” (“Q & A,” New Era, Oct. 1975, p. 35).

Conclusion

Teacher presentation

Explain that each baptized member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the right to the gift of the Holy Ghost. Each young woman has that right. To receive that gift, she must be living in harmony with God’s laws and earnestly seeking to know his will. Under these conditions she has the right to expect the Holy Ghost to be with her. We are entitled to guidance from the Holy Ghost.

Have a young woman read Moroni 10:4–5. Counsel the young women to use this scripture in their lives. Emphasize the importance of seeking the power of the Holy Ghost in their lives. Remind them that through this power they can stay close to the Lord and eventually live with him again.

Song

Conclude the lesson by having the class sing together the first and third verses of “Teach Me to Walk in the Light.”