Tuesday, September 26, 2017

President Russell M. Nelson on seeking personal revelation

President Russell M. Nelson (b. Sept 9, 1924) was an internationally-renowned heart surgeon when he was called to serve as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in 1984. He was set apart as president of the Quorum of Twelve on July 15, 2015.
"Revelation need not all come at once. It may be incremental. 'Saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more' (2 Ne 28:30). Patience and perseverance are part of our eternal progression....
"Every Latter-day Saint may merit personal revelation. The invitation to ask, seek, and knock for divine direction exists because God lives and Jesus is the living Christ. It exists because this is His living Church. (See D&C 1:30.)"
- Russell M. Nelson, "Ask, Seek, Knock," General Conference October 2009
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The concept of "line upon line" is an important one. Sometimes, when we are seeking inspiration or spiritual insight, we are impatient to see the full picture or understand all the details of an issue. But instead we have to be patient as our knowledge grows through "incremental" revelation.

The key is that we must continue to seek and ask, to knock on the door of heaven while we await the divine direction. There are lessons learned in the process of asking that may be as important as the answer that comes!

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2017)

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