The Best & Worst of Personal RevelationBy: shenpa warrior
Personal revelation can take many forms. For example:
- WORST: “I was prompted to buy the VW van instead of the Toyota, but the VW broke down 9 times.”
- BEST: “I was suddenly warned to hit the brakes, which prevented a major accident.”
- WORST: “I received an answer to my prayer that I was to be a plural wife of the mission president.”
- BEST: “I was prompted to call Brother Smith and tell him what a great job he did on the lesson.”
Despite the fact that many report personal revelation on some of these mundane matters (some, of course, not so mundane!) Elder Lionel L. Kendrick taught:
It is a misconception to believe that we should consult Heavenly Father on every matter in life. He expects us to solve a portion of our problems without petitioning Him for potential solutions. It is through this process that we grow, develop, and become more perfect. He is not always concerned about mundane matters unless they are not in keeping with sacred principles. We should daily petition for the companionship of the Holy Ghost. With this presence of the Spirit, we will feel the promptings without petitioning Heavenly Father on every personal matter.
What do you think qualifies as something worthy of personal revelation? Finding your wallet? Finding your dog? Healing from an illness?
The purpose of this discussion is not to debate the reality or rationality of the personal revelation of others. For the sake of the discussion, let’s take it at face value, based in the experiences of those who are doing the reporting.
What are some of the WORST examples of personal revelation that you or someone you know has experienced? What are some of the BEST examples of personal revelation? As we’ve done in the past, remember to try to include both in your comments!