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How do I receive personal revelation?

Each of us is entitled to personal revelation to guide our own lives. In order to receive personal revelation, we must prepare by living worthily and studying and pondering the scriptures. If we seek and ask, God will reveal His will to us through the Holy Ghost.

Prepare yourself spiritually

As you prepare, prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What do you feel inspired to share with the young men?

1 Kings 19:9–12; Helaman 5:30; D&C 6:14–16, 23; 8:2–3; 11:12–14 (Ways the Spirit speaks to us)

John 14:26–27 (The Holy Ghost can help us remember things and feel peace)

Ether 2–3; D&C 9:7–9 (Personal revelation must be accompanied by our own thought and study)

Ronald A. Rasband, “Let the Holy Spirit Guide,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 93–96

Henry B. Eyring, “Continuing Revelation,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 70–73

Richard G. Scott, “How to Obtain Revelation and Inspiration for Your Personal Life,Ensign or Liahona, May 2012, 45–47

Learn to Recognize the Promptings of the Spirit,” Preach My Gospel (1999), 96–97

Revelation,” True to the Faith (2004), 140–44

Videos: “Patterns of Light: Spirit of Revelation,” “Hearing His Voice,” “Face to Face with President Eyring and Elder Holland: How can I tell the difference between the Holy Ghost and my emotions?” “Face to Face with President Eyring and Elder Holland: How can I feel the Holy Ghost more often?”

Music for youth theme: “When the Time Is Right

Let the young men lead

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), encourages them to share their experiences fulfilling their duty to God, and invites an adviser or other quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting.

Begin the learning experience

Choose from these ideas, or think of your own, to review last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:

  • How has last week’s lesson affected the young men’s lives? What have they done differently because of what they learned? What blessings have come from their actions?
  • Write on the board “I know I am receiving personal revelation when __________.” Ask the young men how they would complete this sentence. Invite them to continue to ponder this statement during the lesson and look for additional answers.

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help the quorum members understand how to receive personal revelation. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Invite the young men to watch the videos “Face to Face with President Eyring and Elder Holland: How can I tell the difference between the Holy Ghost and my emotions?” and “Face to Face with President Eyring and Elder Holland: How can I feel the Holy Ghost more often?” What suggestions do President Eyring and Elder Holland give to help us discern between the Spirit’s promptings and our emotions? What do the young men think it means to be “quiet inside,” as described by President Eyring? Invite the young men to share how they could use what they have learned to respond to a friend who has questions similar to those discussed in these videos.
  • Make four columns on the board with the four points of Elder Ronald A. Rasband’s talk “Let the Holy Spirit Guide” as headings. Review each section together, inviting the young men to write in the columns what Elder Rasband suggests they can do to receive personal revelation. Is there someone in your ward who is a first responder, such as a firefighter or police officer? If so, invite him or her to talk to the quorum about what it means to be a first responder in a medical emergency or natural disaster. How does he or she prepare to respond in these situations? Ask quorum members to discuss what they learn from this discussion about how to be spiritual first responders.
  • Read together the first three paragraphs of President Henry B. Eyring’s talk “Continuing Revelation.” Ask the young men to list a few situations in which they or someone they know would need personal revelation. Invite the young men to read or watch portions of President Eyring’s talk and share what they learn. Invite them to ponder what they will do to seek personal revelation.
  • Write on the board the scripture references suggested in this outline. Assign each young man one of them, and ask him to identify what it teaches about how the Holy Ghost communicates with us. Have the young men write what they find on the board next to each scripture reference. Invite the young men to share any experiences they have had in which the Holy Ghost has spoken to them in one of these ways. Have they ever sought or received personal revelation to guide them in fulfilling their priesthood duties? You could also share an experience you have had.
  • Make a copy of the chart on pages 96–97 of Preach My Gospel for each young man. Invite the young men to review the chart and its descriptions of how the Holy Ghost communicates with us. Ask them to write about a time when they have experienced any of the feelings, thoughts, or impressions described in the chart. Invite a few young men to share what they wrote with the rest of the quorum. You could also invite the young men to select one of the study activities on pages 100–102 of Preach My Gospel to work on in pairs, in small groups, or individually.
  • Show the video “Hearing His Voice,” and ask the young men to look for things the youth in this video did to prepare themselves to receive personal revelation. What are some other ways we can prepare ourselves? (see 3 Nephi 17:2–3; D&C 9:7–8). Encourage the quorum members to accept the challenge that the youth in the video accepted, and invite them to share their experiences in a future quorum meeting.

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they better understand how to receive personal revelation? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this doctrine?

Invite to act

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • Share experiences he has had seeking and receiving personal revelation.
  • Invite quorum members to look for ways they could improve their priesthood service by seeking personal revelation.