Sections 7 thru 9

Read Doctrine and Covenants sections 7 thru 9

Section 7

John, the Revelator, and his unusual request (2)

Section 8

Insights on the spirit of revelation (2-3; see also D&C 8:8-9)

Insights on "the prayer of faith" (10)

Section 9

The process of receiving answers from the Lord through the power of the Holy Ghost (8-9)

Stupor (9)

Consider these teachings on revelation from several latter-day prophets:

The Prophet Joseph Smith:

"All things whatsoever God in his infinite wisdom has seen fit and proper to reveal to us, while we are dwelling in mortality, in regard to our mortal bodies, are revealed to us in the abstract, and independent of affinity of this mortal tabernacle, but are revealed to our spirits precisely as though we had no bodies at all; and those revelations which will save our spirits will save our bodies." (Teachings, p.304)

Pres. Spencer W. Kimball:

"The burning bushes, the smoking mountains, the sheets of four-footed beasts, the Cumorahs, and the Kirtlands were realities; but they were the exceptions. The great volume of revelation came to Moses and to Joseph and comes to today's prophet in the less spectacular way-that of deep impressions, without spectacle or glamour or dramatic events. Always expecting the spectacular, many will miss entirely the constant flow of revealed communication." (Conference Report, Munich Germany Area Conference 1973, p.77)

Elder Dallin H. Oaks:

"... What does a 'burning in the bosom' mean?  Does it need to be a feeling of caloric heat, like the burning produced by combustion?  If that is the meaning, I have never had a burning in the bosom.  Surely, the word 'burning' in this scripture signifies a feeling of comfort and serenity.  That is the witness many receive.  That is the way revelation works.  Truly, the still, small voice is just that, 'still' and 'small.'  'The language of peace, as spoken by the Lord, embraces a sense of quiet confidence, comfort, and warmth.  It is gentle and calm, amiable and sweet; it is temperate and kind; it is orderly and identified by happiness, joy, and feelings of love.'"

"... [We] should recognize that the Lord will speak to us through the Spirit in his own time and in his own way.  Many people do not understand this principle.  They believe that when they are ready and when it suits their convenience, they can call upon the Lord and he will immediately respond, even in the precise way they have prescribed.  Revelation does not come that way.

"... In most cases, 'his own way' is not the thunderous interruption or the blinding light, but what the scriptures call 'the still small voice' (1 Kings 19:12; 1 Nephi 17:45; D&C 85:6).  Some have misunderstood this principle.  As a result, some have looked exclusively for the great manifestations that are recorded in the scriptures and have failed to recognize the still, small voice that is given to them.  This is like making up our minds that we will learn only from a teacher who shouts and that we will refuse to listen to even the wisest teaching when it comes in a whisper. 
(in Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, The Holy Ghost [1989], 14) (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “Teaching and Learning by the Spirit,” Ensign, Mar. 1997, 7)

Avenues of Revelation

Questions for Review

1. What did John, the Beloved Disciple, ask the resurrected Christ? (7:2)

2. Under what influence did Moses guide the children of Israel through the Red Sea? (8:3)

3. What is a "stupor of thought"? (9:9; lecture notes)

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