Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Spirit of Revelation

This entry is part of my general conference application series.

The Spirit of Revelation, by David A. Bednar
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

In previous posts, I've written about how the home improvements I'm engaged in include replacing light switches that are faded or faulty. Each time I do this, I remember the words of Elder Bednar from this talk.

The comparison of the spirit of revelation to two common interactions with light—that of immediate light when operating a light switch and gradual light from the Sun's rising—has stuck with me.

Uncommon spiritual experiences which, for some reason, are often shared in the culture of the Church as though they are common, are more like the instant light from a bulb. The stories of modern and ancient prophets include these marvelous experiences, but Elder Bednar quoted from a modern prophet, Joseph F. Smith, who helped shed light on this:

It is not by marvelous manifestations unto us that we shall be established in the truth, but it is by humility and faithful obedience to the commandments and laws of God.

I like hearing the light-switch-like experiences that can warm the heart, but I find strength in the near-constant light that surrounds me as I consistently seek for the spirit of revelation.

I know that I will have many light-switch experiences, so long as you include my project of replacing old light switches in our house! But if I don't have blinding flashes of light from angelic visitations, I know I'll find comfort from the Sun (and the Son) as I continue to strive to "walk in the light of the Lord" (Isaiah 2:5).

(Besides, I'm already married to an angel! I don't want to get greedy.)

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