Monday, August 24, 2015

Robert D. Hales on Seeking personal revelation

Elder Robert D. Hales (b. August 24, 1932) served as a Seventy from 1976 to 1985, when he was called as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles.
"Each of us has been sent to earth by our Heavenly Father to merit eternal life: 'And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent' (John 17:3). How do we know the Father and the Son for ourselves? By personal revelation. Personal revelation is the way Heavenly Father helps us know Him and His Son, learn and live the gospel, endure to the end in righteousness, and qualify for eternal life—to return back into Their presence.
"You may ask, 'How do we seek personal revelation?' Paul counseled the Saints to rely on the Spirit rather than the wisdom of the world (see 1 Corinthians 2:11-16.). To obtain that Spirit, we begin with prayer...
"As faithful children, youth, parents, teachers, and leaders, we may receive personal revelation more frequently than we realize. The more we receive and acknowledge personal revelation, the more our testimonies grow."
- Robert D. Hales, "Personal Revelation: The Teachings and Examples of the Prophets", Ensign, Nov 2007, pp. 86-89
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If one of the great purposes or goals of mortal life is to come to know God and Jesus, then we should be sure to focus appropriate effort on that goal! Elder Hales suggests that we accomplish the most important goals through "personal revelation."

Personal revelation, Elder Hales says, begins with prayer. And he promises that there are more opportunities for that blessing to come than we sometimes realize.

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