Receiving Revelation during General Conference

By: Guest
September 30, 2012

This is a guest post from Grace for Grace.

I graduated from BYU in the spring of 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree and registered for a Masters degree program that offered evening classes that fall.  At the time, I was working part time as a business development consultant for a large company in Provo, Utah.  I had student loans and planned on getting a full-time job by the fall so I could pay for my Master’s degree.

I had never had a problem getting a job, but that summer every job I applied for (including within the company I worked for) didn’t pan out.  I interviewed at least 20 times for various jobs throughout the summer and got close to getting a few of them, but for some reason it just didn’t pan out.

With each job that I was turned down from, I continued to pray and try and stay optimistic.  I was certain that I would receive a job and had all the faith that the Good Lord would provide by giving me a full time job so I could move forward with my education.

A few weeks before classes started my faith was shattered when I received a bill from the University stating that I owed full tuition for the upcoming quarter.  I looked at my bank account and although I had been trying to be frugal and save as much as possible, I still didn’t have enough to cover the costs.

Crushed, I dropped to my knees in my room and offered a prayer.  I explained to God (as if He didn’t know already!) how hard I had been looking and working towards preparing for the future.  I talked with Him about being confused as to why things weren’t working out.  I shared my frustration and my fears about the future with Him.

After getting everything out, I sat and waited.  I didn’t know what I was waiting for, but just followed what I felt I should be doing.  I’m being a bit facetious, but I thought God would open the heavens and show me where the pot of gold would be so I could waltz on into school and drop my full tuition down and life would go on just as I had planned it.  I would point to the heavens and thank God and then move on with my life.

What God had in mind was a much different (and better) plan.   After a few seconds, I felt an impression come over me that my Grandmother needed help.  That came as a surprise to me.   I had been praying for something altogether different.  I tried to re-focus on getting an answer about school, but my mind kept coming back to my Grandmother.  As I thought about her, I received another impression that was frightening to me.  It was that I needed to drop out of school and move in with her.  That impression floored me.  I was an independent 26 year old man (and single).  How was that going to prepare me for securing a good career and possibly a wife and family?  Furthermore, I had been estranged from my mother and grandmother after I had decided to join the Mormon Church and hadn’t really communicated with them for 15 years.

Although I had clearly received revelation, I wanted to not believe it was true.  I got up and walked out of my room.

I tried to put the feelings and thoughts out of my mind about quitting school and moving in with my grandmother aside, but I couldn’t do it.  Finally, I decided that I would fast and pray for revelation to know what I should do.  That weekend was LDS General Conference (For those of you who are unfamiliar with Mormon General Conference, I’ve written about it here and here) and so I thought that it would be a good opportunity to see if God really wanted me to move up to live with my grandmother.

As I listened to Conference nothing in particular stood out to me.  All of the talks during the Saturday session were good, but nothing earth shattering.

Things changed during the Sunday session though.  Thomas Monson got up to share his talk entitled “Models to Follow“.  While he spoke, another impression came over my heart and my mind that I needed to move in with my grandmother and drop out of school.  This time, as the Holy Spirit washed over me, all doubts and fears were removed and I knew what I needed to do.

Three weeks later, I was living with my Grandmother.  One week after that, I got my first job that launched my career (and paid for my Masters degree year later).  Two weeks after that, I met a beautiful young lady who is now my wife.  We have two beautiful young children.

God hears our prayers.  He knows what is best for us.  Many times we get in the way by trying to force things to happen, but if we let go, He will lead us to where we need to be.  God answers prayers in a variety of ways.  If we prepare our hearts and clear our minds, God will speak to us through prophets and directly to us as well.

I encourage you to watch this video in preparation for conference.  Maybe God has something in store for you that He wants to share through his prophets.

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6 Responses to Receiving Revelation during General Conference

  1. NewlyHousewife on September 30, 2012 at 5:40 AM

    I prayed to know if I should leave my marriage. Got a ‘yes’ answer, ignored it, and a year later when I prayed again the answer was the same. I also prayed about going to school that fall and the reply was ‘no’. Waited to ensure it was right, figured I would make it a learning opportunity-this was the first time I recieved a definite no answer- and ended up dropping out.

    I think we talk about prayer, but only the prayers that result in an affirmation of what we’re going to do anyway. Or the type of prayers that show we’re closed off to receiving revelation that contradicts what we think. Rarely do we hear in general conference a story about going against the grain and finding the truth God wanted us to know unless it involves converting from another faith and leaving our family behind.

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  2. Jared on September 30, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    I really enjoyed reading this post. Those who have enjoyed like experiences know how wondrous and fulfilling they are.

    In addition, this post is especially refreshing to me because I’ve been spending a great deal of time (months) reading and pondering blogs dedicated to the destruction of LDS faith. I’m trying to better understand those who are or have been LDS and have either left the church or are struggling with diminishing or lost faith. How did they go from possessing some degree of faith to the point they’ve arrived.

    I appreciate the faith expressed in this post. I’m trying to understand why the author of this post was able to stay close to Heavenly Father, while those who author faith destroying post have not.

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  3. Paul on September 30, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    GfG, thanks for this account of your experience. There have been many (but probably not all) conferences that have included moments of revelation for me — specific direction about things I have been pondering. It is a delightful experience when it comes.

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  4. graceforegrace on September 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Hi Jared,

    I’ll try and answer your question of how I am able to keep faith.

    Faith, I’ve found is a choice. Faith is hope and belief. Doubt is the opposite and is confusing.

    My experience is that when I doubt I feel dark, but when I have faith I feel positive energy. I like feeling positive, so I choose faith.

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  5. Julia on September 30, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Jared,

    I know a lot of people who learn about my life and tell me that any one of my trials would have led them to leave the church. I do understand that, it would have been much easier to walk away and not struggle to listen for God’s directions. I think that understanding what I was feeling when it seemed easier to leave, makes it easier to build bridges with those who have left. Having that understanding often means that I can be friends with people with similar experiences, even though the experiences brought radically different outcomes.

    I believe that God lives, that through the atonement Christ can heal me. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the place that I find teachings that help bring me closer to God and the Savior. That does not mean that I think every person will find their journey compatible with the LDS church. Personally, I do not translate “the one true church” with “the only way to be good and know God.”

    I have had many deeply spiritual experiences, some I talk freely about, and others that I have only shared with a few people. I sometimes feel ridiculously rich in spiritual experiences. I have no idea how you would compare spiritual wealth, (a problem that sometimes leads people to make the mistake of equating temporal prosperity with spiritual prosperity) but in listening to the writings if others, I sometimes wonder if I might be a spiritual glutton. I find comfort that unlike material wealth, there is not a finite amount of spirituality, so I am not taking an experience that could belong to someone else.

    That feeling of being well fed does make me try to reach out to those who don’t feel the same way. I don’t feel any more worthy than those who haven’t had them. If it feels right, I will share experiences when I have received answers, but often it is more helpful to share the times I didn’t get an answer, and how I came to the decisions I did in those cases.

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  6. Heber13 on October 2, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    I know that the Church leaders have zero idea about my situation when they are preparing their talks. Logically, they could not.

    I find it interesting that as I listen, I find the things that apply that I want to be revelation for me (that I need to be revelation for me), because it touches on how I honestly feel inside of me. It must mean something if that is how I honestly feel.

    Sometimes I wonder if the good comes from the fact that these kind of answers can motivate action, and it is through action that the future unfolds, how the worlds were created. Staying on your knees waiting for answers doesn’t help a person get a job…but the motivation given to go out and persevere the rejection until a job is found is helpful, and that motivation often comes of still quiet moments when the heart speaks.

    I agree…faith is a choice. I’m disappointed when I don’t get answers to prayers. And I don’t share those experiences in testimony meetings.

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