10 Ways to Receive More Revelation

President Russell M. Nelson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints asked each of us to “stretch beyond [our] current spiritual ability to receive personal revelation.” He added, “Oh, there is so much more that your Father in Heaven wants you to know.”[1]

How do we attain this increased personal revelation? Here are ten suggestions and warnings. They are in no particular order of importance; they are all important.

1. “Feast upon the words of Christ” (2 Nephi 32:3). “Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read” (Isaiah 34:16). Regular study of ancient and modern scripture will help us receive divine communication. Greater revelation will come through continual individual and family scripture study. If you are not reading daily from the Book of Mormon, please begin reading today. Great blessings, including personal revelation, will come as you do so.

2. Pray for help receiving, understanding, and recognizing revelation. Elder Richard G. Scott taught, “A key to improved prayer is to learn to ask the right questions.”[2] When we ask the right questions, miracles can occur. Joseph Smith taught us by example that if we ask in faith, God will give to us liberally (James 1:5). Heavenly Father is anxious to bless us, but we need to ask. “Therefore, ask, and ye shall receive” (3 Nephi 27:29). After all, Heavenly Father is willing to grant unto us incredible blessings, but they are “conditional on our asking for them.”[3]

3. In our quest to seek out revelation and knowledge, let’s remember to stick with the gospel basics. A desire to know the mysteries of God is good, but be careful not to “look beyond the mark” (Jacob 4:14). Nephi had “great desires to know of the mysteries of God” (1 Nephi 2:16), and Abraham sought to “possess a greater knowledge … [and] to receive instructions, and to keep the commandments of God” (Abraham 1:2). As a result, they were both blessed with increased personal revelation.

4. Take time to listen during and after prayer and scripture study. President Joseph F. Smith received the 138th section of the Doctrine and Covenants when he said, “I sat in my room pondering over the scriptures” (D&C 138:1). We can have the same privilege of seeing and knowing for ourselves regarding the truths of eternity (D&C 76:116-117). What a wonderful promise!

5. Get and keep the Spirit. President Nelson has said, “In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost.”[4] The gift of the Holy Ghost allows us to receive divine truths, communicated directly from a member of the Godhead. As we worthily partake of the sanctified emblems of the sacrament each week, we will be blessed, and the Spirit “shall teach [us] all things” (John 14:26). We must humbly seek for the Spirit, keep the commandments, and pray always for this to occur (D&C 19:38).

6. Continue in patience and faith. Revelation often comes “gradually and steadily.”[5] Revelation may be an “immediate and intense recognition of light,” (Ibid.) but it often comes “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little” (2 Nephi 28:30). Even the Savior Jesus Christ “received not of the fulness at the first, but received grace for grace” (D&C 93:12).

7. Act upon the impressions and revelations we receive. Nothing increases revelation like acting upon the revelation we’ve already been given. The Lord has said, “for unto him that receiveth I will give more” (2 Nephi 28:30).

8. Yield to God (Helaman 3:35). I’ve witnessed horrible traffic accidents as a result of those who fail to yield the proper right-of-way. Injury and substantial loss almost always follows. So it is with sin. As we yield to God and deny ourselves of “all ungodliness” (Moroni 10:32), increased revelation will flow into our lives. Remember, both large and seemingly insignificant sins must be remitted. “Even a small stone can become a stumbling block” to personal revelation and spiritual progress.[6]

9. Repent often and frequently. Thankfully, because of Jesus Christ, we can repent and receive forgiveness of our sins, inactions, and mistakes. Great are the blessings of those who follow the Master. Among these blessings are great knowledge and personal revelation (Alma 26:22).

10. Engage in family history and temple work. Elder Dale G. Renlund recently taught that one of the blessings we can receive as we engage in family history and temple work is an increased influence of the Holy Ghost.[7] Further, President Ezra Taft Benson said, “Now, by virtue of the sacred priesthood in me vested … I promise you that, with increased attendance in the temples of our God, you shall receive increased personal revelation to bless your life.”[8]These promises have not been rescinded nor will they ever be.

President Nelson declared an apostolic blessing upon all members of the Church when he said, “I bless you to identify those things you can set aside so you can spend more time in the temple.”[9] Now it is up to us to act on that challenge so we can receive the promised blessings. Among those blessings are “great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures” (D&C 89:19). We must live the word of wisdom, the law of chastity, and pay a full tithe to enter into the house of the Lord Jesus Christ. Begin today. Do not delay, and as we do so, the full effects of those promised blessings will be made manifest.

Finally, President Russell M. Nelson’s formula for increasing personal revelation is simple. He said, “Nothing opens the heavens quite like the combination of increased purity, exact obedience, earnest seeking, daily feasting on the words of Christ in the Book of Mormon, and regular time committed to temple and family history work.”[10] As we listen to and follow the living prophet, we will never be led astray and we will receive increased personal revelation to bless our lives and the lives of those around us.

[1] Russell M. Nelson, “Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives,” Ensign, May 2018, 95.

[2] Richard G. Scott, “Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer,” Ensign, May 2007, 8.

[3] Bible Dictionary, “Prayer.”

[4] Russell M. Nelson, “Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives,” Ensign, May 2018, 96.

[5] David A. Bednar, “The Spirit of Revelation,” Ensign, May 2011, 87.

[6] Neal A. Maxwell, “Deny Yourselves of All Ungodliness,” General Conference, April 1995.

[7] Dale G. Renlund, “Family History and Temple Work: Sealing and Healing,” Ensign, May 2018, 47.

[8] Ezra Taft Benson, “The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants,” Ensign, May 1987, 85.

[9] Russell M. Nelson, “Let Us All Press On,” Ensign, May 2018, 119.

[10] Russell M. Nelson, “Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives,” Ensign, May 2018, 95.

Jeffrey Denning

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