Saturday, November 24, 2018

Elder David A. Bednar on receiving personal revelation

Elder David A. Bednar (born June 15, 1952) was serving as the president of BYU–Idaho when he was called and sustained as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in October 2004.
"Revelation is communication from God to His children on the earth and one of the great blessings associated with the gift and constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught, 'The Holy Ghost is a revelator,' and 'no man can receive the Holy Ghost without receiving revelations' (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 132).
"The spirit of revelation is available to every person who receives by proper priesthood authority the saving ordinances of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins and the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost—and who is acting in faith to fulfill the priesthood injunction to 'receive the Holy Ghost.' This blessing is not restricted to the presiding authorities of the Church; rather, it belongs to and should be operative in the life of every man, woman, and child who reaches the age of accountability and enters into sacred covenants. Sincere desire and worthiness invite the spirit of revelation into our lives."
- David A. Bednar, "The Spirit of Revelation," General Conference April 2011
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Elder Bednar reminded us in this talk that revelation is an ability that accompanies the gift of the Holy Ghost. Those who have received that gift, through proper authority and worthiness, should expect to have the spirit of revelation "operative" in their life.

For members of the Church who have complied with the requirements of receiving the gift, the key becomes "sincere desire and worthiness" that will "invite the spirit of revelation into [their] lives." Sometimes, perhaps, we don't make enough effort to claim that spirit and gift. We are often told that God is eager to help and guide us; we need only to do our part, asking in worthiness.

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2018)

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