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Revelation Quotes

Counsel which President Marion G. Romney received as a newly called  Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve from Elder Harold B. Lee who was then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve:

"Go to bed early and get up early.   If you do that, your body and mind will become rested and then in the quiet of those early morning hours, you will receive more flashes of insight and inspiration than at any other time of the day."         


"We receive spiritual stability by depending on the promptings of the Holy Ghost."

Elder Richard G. Scott, Aug. 1998 CES Symposium


"I speak to the youth of the Church who now face 'perilous times' as the Apostle Paul prophesied would come in the last days. "In order to prepare you, and protect you, I will tell you, as plainly as I can, what I have learned about personal revelation. "There are two parts to your nature - your temporal body born of mortal parents, and your immortal spirit within.  You are a son or daughter of God. 

"Physically you can see with eyes and hear with ears and touch and feel and learn.  Through your intellect, you learn most of what you know about the world in which you live. "But if you learn by reason only you will never understand the Spirit and how it works - regardless of how much you learn about other things. "Your spirit learns in a different way than does your intellect."

"Now, young people, pay attention!  I must tell you so that you cannot possibly misunderstand:  There are many spirits which are false spirits.  There can be counterfeit revelations, promptings from the devil, temptations!  As longas you live, in one way or another the adversary will try to lead you astray. 

"If ever you receive a prompting to do something that makes you FEEL uneasy, something you know in your MIND to be wrong and contrary to the principles of righteousness, do not respond to it!"

Elder Boyd K. Packer, Oct 1994 Conference


"Always expecting the spectacular, many will miss entirely the constant flow of revealed communication."

Pres Spencer W. Kimball, Munich Germany Area Conference, 1973


"A person may profit by noticing the first intimation of the spirit of revelation; for instance, when you feel pure intelligence flowing into you, it may give you sudden strokes of ideas, so that by noticing it, you may find it fulfilled the same day or soon; (i.e.) those things that were presented unto your minds by the spirit of God, will come to pass; and thus by learning the Spirit of God and understanding it, you may grow into the principle of revelation, until you become perfect in Christ Jesus."

From Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p 151


"But now having spoken so much about the benefits of this light, and how good it would be to be continually guided and instructed by the spirit of revelation, there is another thing connected with it which we perhaps do not all fully understand.  Supposing a person were thus guided all the time, from waking in the morning until they retired to rest at night; and then when asleep if his dreams were given by the same spirit, and this should be the uninterrupted condition of an individual, I ask, 'Where would be his trials?'

"This would lead us to ask, 'Is it not absolutely necessary that God should in some measure, withhold even from those who walk before Him in purity and integrity, a portion of His spirit, that they may prove to themselves, their families and neighbors, and to the heavens whether they are full of integrity even in times when they have not so much of the spirit to guide and influence them?  I think that this is really necessary, consequently I do not know that we have any reason to complain of the darkness which occasionally hovers over the mind.'"

Orson Pratt


"Reverence Invites Revelation."

Boyd K. Packer,   Ensign,  October 1991


"First, 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."

Dallin H. Oaks - "Teaching and Learning by the Spirit" - Ensign, Mar. 1997, 10


"The Church of God could not live twenty-four hours without revelation"

Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, 61


"I want to advise this people, if the Lord ever does give you an inspiration,for heaven's sake write it down and remember it."

J. Golden Kimball (April 1927 General Conference Report, page 53)


"My first radio was a crystal set. It was hard to tune to the frequency of a particular radio station. I had to literally scratch the receiving wire whisker over the top of the rough crystal to find the right pinpoint, a little valley or peak on the crystal where the signal was received. Just a millimeter off on either side of that point and I would lose the signal and get scratchy static. Over time, with patience and perseverance, good eyesight, and a steady hand, I learned to find the signal point on the crystal without too much difficulty. So it is with inspiration. We must attune ourselves to the inspiration from God and tune out the scratchy static. We have to work at being tuned in. Most of us need a long time to become tuned in. When I was a newly called General Authority, President Marion G. Romney, who was in his 70s at the time, told us, 'I know when I am working under the Spirit and when I am not.' To be able to recognize when one is being guided by the Spirit is a supernal gift."

James E. Faust, "Did You Get the Right Message?" General Conference, April 2004