“On some sacred occasions, information has been given by face-to-face conversations with heavenly personages, such as in the visions related in ancient and modern scripture. In other circumstances, needed information is communicated by the quiet whisperings of the Spirit. [In these instances] the Holy Ghost acts in his office as a teacher and revelator,” said Elder Oaks (New Era, Sept. 1982, p. 41).
The testimony or witness of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ and that the gospel is true is a revelation from God” (New Era, Sept. 1982, p. 40).We must ask Heavenly Father for this knowledge.
“At some time in our lives each of us needs to be lifted up from a depression, from a sense of foreboding or inadequacy, or just from a plateau of spiritual mediocrity,” said Elder Oaks (New Era, Sept. 1982, p. 41).
In their Church callings, young men and young women can receive revelation that impels them to fulfill their responsibilities in a better way. Such revelation and guidance will always be within the framework of the Church and it will never be contrary to gospel principles.
Revelation can tell of things that will come. Elder Oaks said, “After our fifth child was born, my wife and I did not have any more children. After more than 10 years we concluded that our family would not be any larger, which grieved us. Then one day, while my wife was in the temple, the Spirit whispered to her that she would have another child. That prophetic revelation was fulfilled about a year and a half later with the birth of our sixth child, for whom we had waited 13 years” (New Era, Sept. 1982, p. 40).
Often we are asked by the Lord to make decisions, and he asks that we only confirm those decisions with him. Such is the case when we are called to offices in the Church and must choose counselors or helpers. We should confirm those decisions with the Lord. Elder Oaks said that all General Authorities follow such a pattern (see New Era, Sept. 1982, p. 43).
“Some are comforted by visions of departed loved ones or by feeling their presence. … Others have been comforted in adjusting to the loss of a job or a business advantage or even a marriage. … A revelation of comfort can also come in connection with a blessing of the priesthood. …“Another type of comforting revelation is the assurance received that a sin has been forgiven” (New Era, Sept. 1982, p. 40).
Nephi gives us an example of revelation used to restrain, “And now I … cannot say more; the Spirit stoppeth mine utterance” (2 Nephi 32:7).