Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What They Said Wednesday: Elder David A. Bednar



Talk: David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve

  • 2 examples of light, immediate or subtle and gradual (metaphor for the two basic patterns of revelation):
    • Flipping on a light switch where a sudden burst of light fills the room
    • Watching the night turn into day in which the change to light is gradual
      • “The visual evidence of the sun’s arrival was apparent hours before it actually appeared”
  • Revelation is communication from God to His children on the earth.
  • “The Holy Ghost is a revelator, and no man can receive the Holy Ghost without receiving revelations.” (Citation to Quote)  --Joseph Smith
  • The power to receive revelations is not restricted to the leaders of the Church, rather it belongs to and SHOULD be used by all members.
  • The Holy Ghost is a still small voice, and a voice of perfect mildness. It is why we should shun inappropriate media.
  • Each of us should consider seriously how to use the spirit of personal revelation in our revelation own lives and families.
  • Most revelation is received “line upon line, precept upon precept.”  (2 Nephi 28:30)
  • Receiving revelation is related to our desire, preparation, and worthiness
    • See the experience of the sons of Mosiah - Alma 17:3
  • The fundamental truths of the gospel were not revealed to Joseph Smith all at once in the Sacred Grove.
    • Truth was revealed slowly and as needed.
    • “We still continued the work of translation, when, in the ensuing month (May, 1829), we on a certain day went into the woods to pray and inquire of the Lord respecting baptism for the remission of sins, that we found mentioned in the translation of the plates. While we were thus employed, praying and calling upon the Lord, a messenger from heaven descended in a cloud of light” (Joseph Smith History 1:68-72)
  • We tend to emphasize dramatic spiritual revelation, this can lead us to overlook the small, simple, incremental ways that the Holy Ghost teaches us.
  • Do not doubt your testimony because you do not receive frequent, dramatic impressions.
  • They very simplistic way of receiving revelation may make us look beyond the mark
  • If you have had doubts, please know that you are quite normal. Just keep pressing forward obediently with faith in the Savior. You cannot go amiss.
  • “Show me Latter-day Saints who have to feed upon miracles, signs and visions in order to keep them steadfast in the Church, and I will show you members of the Church who are not in good standing before God, and who are walking in slippery paths.”  -President Joseph F. Smith.
  • We receive revelation without recognizing how or when we are receiving revelation.
    • “were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and they knew it not...” (3 Nephi 9:20)
  • We may not see angels, hear heavenly voices, or receive overwhelming impressions. We press forward hoping and praying, without absolute assurance.
  • Sometimes the spirit of revelation will operate immediately and intensely, sometimes subtly and gradually, often so delicately you may not even recognize it. But regardless of the pattern, the light will illuminate and enlarge your soul, enlighten your understanding, and direct and protect you and your family.
  • As we honour our covenants and keep the commandments, we …. our confidence can wax strong in the presence of God (D&C 121:45) and I promise that you will walk in the light of the Lord.