Church Doctrine 09, Revelation, Beginner Level 100

September 26, 2021

From the beginning, God has spoken to His children. Adam and Eve “heard the voice of the Lord God” (Genesis 3:8). God spoke through prophets in the Old Testament (see, e.g., Genesis 46:2, Exodus 6:2) and to His disciples in the New Testament Church (see, e.g., Acts 9). He spoke to Book of Mormon prophets (see, e.g., 1 Nephi 7:1, Helaman 13:3), and he speaks to prophets in this dispensation (see, e.g., Doctrine and Covenants 1:17, 138:11).

By Study

The ninth Article of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints declares: “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.” (The Pearl of Great Price, The Articles of Faith 1:9.)


Study the following Gospel Topics essay:


Study also the following chapter in Preach My Gospel:

Chapter 4

By Faith

Revelation comes in many forms, but the most common for baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the revelation we receive from Church leaders, such as at the semiannual general conferences, and the promptings we receive from the Holy Ghost. Those promptings often come as a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12; 1 Nephi 17:45; Doctrine and Covenants 85:6), and we live in a noisy world that may drown it out if we allow that to happen.

Yet the Spirit is also extraordinarily powerful, and no amount of noise from the adversary can drown it out if we are listening for it. When we are in tune and seeking to hear the still small voice, it “whispereth through and pierceth all things” (Doctrine and Covenants 85:6).


Listen to general conference and record the promptings you receive about how to improve your life and better carry out the Lord’s work.

As you pray privately morning and night, make a conscious effort to pause during or after your prayers to listen for the still small voice. If necessary, ask yourself, “What would the Lord have me do now?” and then record the promptings you receive.

Go forward to do what you have recorded.

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Author: Richard E. Turley Jr.

Richard E. Turley Jr. served for twenty-two years as managing director of the Historical Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and eight years as Assistant Church Historian and Recorder. He also served as managing director of the Family History, Public Affairs, and Church Communication Departments.

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