What Do Mormons Believe?–Article of Faith #9

President Thomas S. Monson prophet, seer, and revelator

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.

Amos 3:7 tell us that “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”  This principle of revelation has existed from the beginning whenever God has had authorized servants upon the earth.  He has revealed many great and important things pertaining to His kingdom to the designated prophet of the day.  The revelation regarding the building of the ark came to Noah, not to previous prophets.  Likewise, the revelation to lead Israel out of bondage from Egypt was not given to Noah, but rather it was given to Moses.  Because God is “no respecter of persons” and because within Him there “is no variableness”, just as He revealed His will to prophets of old such as Abraham, Moses, and Noah, He continues to reveal His will to His authorized servant, President Thomas S. Monson, today.

This principle of revelation is not limited only to prophets, but is available to all those who seek to know and do God’s will in their personal lives.  He desires to lead and guide us in the paths that will lead us back to Him.  As we come unto Him through prayer, with a desire to do His will, He will reveal to us the course our lives should take.

Revelation can come in many ways.  It can come as dreams, visions, and conversations with heavenly messengers.  However, these types of revelation are rare.  Most often, revelation comes as described by Elijah in 1 Kings 19:12  “a still small voice” or feeling.

We live in tumultuous times.  Never in the history of the world has there been a greater need of Heavenly guidance than there is today.  It is a comfort to me that God has not forsaken us and still speaks to a prophet today.  It is also a comfort to know that I can receive personal guidance from Him as I face the challenges of life.

To learn more about revelation, please read “The Spirit of Revelation” by Elder David A. Bednar.

Next Week:  Article of Faith #10–Mormon beliefs regarding the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

In the meantime, Remember that 2 Plus 2 Doesn’t Always Equal 4  [And please take time to read my original post to understand Why the Title of this Blog? (Feb. 17, 2011)]

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