- Without our Redeemer’s infinite Atonement, not one of us would have hope of ever returning to our Heavenly Father. Without His Resurrection, death would be the end. Our Savior’s Atonement made eternal life a possibility and immortality a reality for all.
He shares that since he has become President of the Church, the Lord has impressed upon him that the Lord wants to share His thoughts with all His children.
- One of the things the Spirit has repeatedly impressed upon my mind since my new calling as President of the Church is how willing the Lord is to reveal His mind and will. The privilege of receiving revelation is one of the greatest gifts of God to His children.
Revelation is the way the Lord assists us in making righteous choices.
- Through the manifestations of the Holy Ghost, the Lord will assist us in all our righteous pursuits.
President Nelson tells us that the Lord wants to lead us an guide us in our callings and in our lives. He wants to learn about Him and help us in big matters and little matters.
- Whatever our Church calling, we can pray to our Heavenly Father and receive guidance and direction, be warned about dangers and distractions, and be enabled to accomplish things we simply could not do on our own. If we will truly receive the Holy Ghost and learn to discern and understand His promptings, we will be guided in matters large and small.
President Nelson asks a series of questions and encourages those answers to come from the example of Joseph Smith.
- How can we become the men and women—the Christlike servants—the Lord needs us to be? How can we find answers to questions that perplex us? If Joseph Smith’s transcendent experience in the Sacred Grove teaches us anything, it is that the heavens are open and that God speaks to His children.
He continues to ask questions to cause us to personally reflect on what we are doing to have the Holy Ghost be a bigger part of our lives.
- What will your seeking open for you? What wisdom do you lack? What do you feel an urgent need to know or understand? Follow the example of the Prophet Joseph. Find a quiet place where you can regularly go. Humble yourself before God. Pour out your heart to your Heavenly Father. Turn to Him for answers and for comfort.
- Pray in the name of Jesus Christ about your concerns, your fears, your weaknesses—yes, the very longings of your heart. And then listen! Write the thoughts that come to your mind. Record your feelings and follow through with actions that you are prompted to take. As you repeat this process day after day, month after month, year after year, you will “grow into the principle of revelation.”
- Does God really want to speak to you? Yes!
He shares that we don't have to be in darkness any longer. The Lord will answer our prayers. We can trust Him, we can learn about Him, and we can have a personal witness of Him if we just seek for Him.
- You don’t have to wonder about what is true. You do not have to wonder whom you can safely trust. Through personal revelation, you can receive your own witness that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that Joseph Smith is a prophet, and that this is the Lord’s Church. Regardless of what others may say or do, no one can ever take away a witness borne to your heart and mind about what is true.
Personal revelation is promised to us if we move past our current spiritual level and seek the Lord. Living righteously, being obedient, and living the gospel will bring the heavens closer in our lives.
- I urge you to stretch beyond your current spiritual ability to receive personal revelation, for the Lord has promised that “if thou shalt [seek], thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things—that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal.”
- Nothing opens the heavens quite like the combination of increased purity, exact obedience, earnest seeking, daily feasting on the words of Christ in the Book of Mormon, and regular time committed to temple and family history work.
- To be sure, there may be times when you feel as though the heavens are closed. But I promise that as you continue to be obedient, expressing gratitude for every blessing the Lord gives you, and as you patiently honor the Lord’s timetable, you will be given the knowledge and understanding you seek. Every blessing the Lord has for you—even miracles—will follow. That is what personal revelation will do for you.
Revelation is necessary to navigate the troubled world we live in. But President Nelson tells us there is hope if we are living in ways that open our hearts and minds to personal revelation.
- If we are to have any hope of sifting through the myriad of voices and the philosophies of men that attack truth, we must learn to receive revelation.
Finally, President Nelson quotes Moroni in encouraging us to come unto Christ.
- With Moroni, I exhort you on this Easter Sabbath to “come unto Christ, and lay hold upon every good gift,” beginning with the gift of the Holy Ghost, which gift can and will change your life.
What great words of wisdom are shared with us by the newest President of the Church. I am impressed to seek a greater understanding of how I need to live my life to be more influenced by the Holy Ghost. You can feel the love that President Nelson has for each of God's children as he seeks to encourage us to turn to the Savior for our needs, wants, and desires. I feel impressed upon my mind as I read this the truth that God wants all His children to feel His love and inspiration, not just those that are part of His church. That inclusive nature is being expressed by President Nelson. As President Nelson talked about the Lord's desire to share with us His thoughts, I am reminded that we just simply need to ask for guidance, direction, and assurance, and the Lord will speak peace to our hearts and minds. I am grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who wants to share with us all that He has.