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  • Revelation: Avenue to Truth Chapter 2Introduction 2. Revelation sometimes comes through dreams (see Genesis 28:10–16; 37:5, 9; Matthew 1:20; The Apostle Paul testified that no one can know 1 Nephi 2:2).that Jesus is the Christ except through the power 3. Revelations can be received through the Urim andof the Holy Ghost (see 1 Corinthians 12:3). This Thummim (see headnotes to D&C 3; 6; 11; 14; 17;process, called revelation, is the means chosen by see also Abraham 3:1–4).God to communicate with His mortal children. 4. Truth may be revealed by an audible voice from heaven (see 2 Peter 1:17–18; Matthew 3:16–17;Doctrinal Outline John 12:28–29; Helaman 5:20–33; D&C 130:13–15). 5. Angels are sometimes sent with messages forA. God gives truth to His children through the children of God (see Joseph Smith—Historyrevelation. 1:30–33; Luke 1:11–13, 19, 26–28; Mosiah 27:11, 14, 17; Acts 10:3–4).1. Revelation is communication from God to His children (see Exodus 4:15–16; D&C 8:2–3; 76:5–10; 6. Revelation may come by vision (see Ezekiel 40:2; Moses 5:58). Acts 10:9–17; 26:13–19; D&C 76:12–14).2. The things of God are known only by revelation C. We must be worthy in order to receive revelation. (see 1 Corinthians 2:9–16; Jacob 4:8). 1. We must trust in God rather than in the wisdom3. God has given revelation to His children from the of man (see 2 Nephi 9:28; 28:31). beginning and will continue to do so (see 1 Nephi 2. If we will diligently seek, the mysteries of God 10:19; Amos 3:7; Articles of Faith 1:9). will be unfolded to us (see D&C 11:7; 1 Nephi4. Living prophets are guided by revelation and 10:19; D&C 42:61, 65, 68). thus can lead us to truth (see 1 Nephi 22:2; 3. If we seek and obey the truth we are given, God Numbers 12:6; Ephesians 3:3–5). will reveal more truth to us (see 2 Nephi 28:30;5. The four standard works contain revelations to Alma 12:9–11; D&C 93:28). God’s prophets and other chosen leaders (see 4. The Lord reveals truth to us if we study and 2 Peter 1:20–21; 2 Timothy 3:16; D&C 1:37–39). ponder the scriptures (see D&C 76:15, 19; 138:1–6,6. Within their individual spheres of authority, 11; 2 Timothy 3:14–17; Alma 37:1–8). righteous people may receive revelation for their 5. Fasting and prayer will help prepare us to receive needs (see James 1:5; 3 Nephi 18:20; D&C 28:1–7). revelation (see Alma 5:45–46; 17:3).B. God reveals truth in a variety of ways. 6. Personal righteousness is a prerequisite for1. Through the voice of the Spirit, the word of God receiving revelation (see D&C 50:29; 121:45–46). is revealed to the heart and mind of individuals (see D&C 8:2–3; 1 Kings 19:12; 1 Corinthians 2:9–11; Enos 1:9–10). Supporting Statements A. God gives truth to His children through revelation. ■ “All revelation since the fall has come through Jesus Christ, who is the Jehovah of the Old Testament. In all of the scriptures, where God is mentioned and where he has appeared, it was Jehovah who talked with Abraham, with Noah, Enoch, Moses and all the prophets. He is the God of Israel, the Holy One of Israel; the one who led that nation out of Egyptian bondage, and who gave and fulfilled the law of Moses. The Father has never dealt with man directly and personally since the fall, and he has never appeared except to introduce and bear record of the Son” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 1:27). ■ “One great reason why men have stumbled so frequently in many of their researches after philosophical truth is that they have sought them with their own wisdom, and gloried in their own intelligence, and have not sought unto God for4
  • Chapter 2that wisdom that fills and governs the universeand regulates all things. That is one greatdifficulty with the philosophers of the world, asit now exists, that man claims to himself to be theinventor of everything he discovers. Any new lawand principle which he happens to discover heclaims to himself instead of giving glory to God”(John Taylor, The Gospel Kingdom, 47).■ “It is also the privilege of any officer in thisChurch to obtain revelations, so far as relates to hisparticular calling and duty in the Church” (JosephSmith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 111).■ “God hath not revealed anything to Joseph, butwhat He will make known unto the Twelve, andeven the least Saint may know all things as fast ashe is able to bear them, for the day must comewhen no man need say to his neighbor, Know yethe Lord; for all shall know Him (who remain) fromthe least to the greatest” (Smith, Teachings, 149).■ “All things whatsoever God in his infinitewisdom has seen fit and proper to reveal to us, into you, it may give you sudden strokes of ideas,while we are dwelling in mortality, in regard to so that by noticing it, you may find it fulfilled theour mortal bodies, are revealed . . . to our spirits same day or soon; (i.e.) those things that wereprecisely as though we had no bodies at all; and presented unto your minds by the Spirit of God,those revelations which will save our spirits will will come to pass; and thus by learning the Spiritsave our bodies” (Smith, Teachings, 355). of God and understanding it, you may grow into■ “In giving revelations our Savior speaks at times the principle of revelation, until you becomefor himself; at other times for the Father, and in the perfect in Christ Jesus” (Smith, Teachings, 151).Father’s name, as though he were the Father, and C. We must be worthy in order to receive revelation.yet it is Jesus Christ, our Redeemer who gives the ■ “Revelation is promised us through ourmessage” (Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 1:27). faithfulness. . . . The Lord withholds much that■ “It is contrary to the economy of God for any he would otherwise reveal if the members of themember of the Church or any one, to receive Church were prepared to receive it. . . .instruction for those in authority, higher than “We have little occasion to clamor for morethemselves; therefore you will see the impropriety revelation when we refuse to heed what the Lordof giving heed to them; but if any person have a has revealed for our salvation” (Smith, Doctrinesvision or a visitation from a heavenly messenger, of Salvation, 1:283).it must be for his own benefit and instruction; for ■ “If you will follow the doctrines, and be guidedthe fundamental principles, government, and by the precepts of that book [the Bible], it will directdoctrine of the Church are vested in the keys of you where you may see as you are seen, where youthe kingdom” (Smith, Teachings, 21). may converse with Jesus Christ, have the visitationB. God reveals truth in a variety of ways. of angels, have dreams, visions, and revelations, and■ “I have had the administration of angels in my understand and know God for yourselves” (Brighamday and time, though I never prayed for an angel. Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, 126). ■ “Search the scriptures—search the revelationsI have had, in several instances, the administrationof holy messengers. . . . which we publish, and ask your Heavenly Father, “. . . As a general thing, angels do not in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, to manifestadminister to anybody on the earth unless it is to the truth unto you, and if you do it with an eyepreserve the lives of good men, or to bring the single to His glory nothing doubting, He willgospel, or perform a work that men cannot do for answer you by the power of His Holy Spirit”themselves” (Wilford Woodruff, The Discourses of (Smith, Teachings, 11). ■ “A fanciful and flowery and heated imaginationWilford Woodruff, 286–87).■ “Inspiration is a form and degree of revelation. beware of; because the things of God are of deepIt is revelation that comes from the still small import; and time, and experience, and careful andvoice, from the whisperings of the Spirit, from ponderous and solemn thoughts can only findthe promptings of the Holy Ghost. All inspiration them out. Thy mind, O man! if thou wilt lead ais revelation” (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon soul unto salvation, must stretch as high as theDoctrine, 383). utmost heavens, and search into and contemplate■ “The Spirit of Revelation is in connection with the darkest abyss, and the broad expanse ofthese blessings. A person may profit by noticing eternity—thou must commune with God. Howthe first intimation of the spirit of revelation; for much more dignified and noble are the thoughtsinstance, when you feel pure intelligence flowing of God, than the vain imaginations of the human heart!” (Smith, Teachings, 137). 5