The Need for Personal Revelation in a Changing World

The Standard Works of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is large, coming in at over 2,000 pages. The archive of General Conference addresses is a vast and deep library. Even with the size of the Standard Works, it’s interesting to consider how much Heavenly Father has remained silent on.

We have laws, commandments, and covenants that “draw a line,” so to speak, but much is left up for interpretation. There are grey areas, grey because Heavenly Father hasn’t explicitly said “yes” or “no” to a situation. Today, we also live in a world of shifting values and among social moors that may be contrary to the way a disciple of Jesus Christ should live. In these trying times, Heavenly Father has not left us destitute. He has given us His Son, a perfect model for living, and He has given us the gift of the Holy Ghost. Without these gifts, we would be left to a mortal experience only to see, as Paul said, “through a glass darkly.”

Christlike attributes provide a lens we can view situations through. For example, when confronted with circumstances in which we do not know how to act, we can ask ourselves; how would someone with Christ-like patience handle this situation, or if I was humble, like the Savior, how might I act?

Personal revelation is also needed. Richard G. Scott gave a talk titled To Acquire Spiritual Guidance, which gives insight into the principles of revelation. 

In the talk he said:

“Throughout the ages, many have obtained guidance helpful to resolve challenges in their lives by following the example of respected individuals who resolved similar problems. Today, world conditions change so rapidly that such a course of action is often not available to us.

Personally, I rejoice in that reality because it creates a condition where we, of necessity, are more dependent upon the Spirit to guide us through the vicissitudes of life. Therefore, we are led to seek personal inspiration in life’s important decisions.”

To Acquire Spiritual Guidance – October 2009

What a time to live. The world changes so fast that we can’t just do what our parents did. Their world was vastly different than our own. The rapid changing of the world provides fertile soil in which we must plant the seed of faith and personal revelation. It is a blessing to live in such a world. I rejoice knowing that I must rely on prayer and fasting to receive answers for my specific circumstances.

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