July 21, 2021 - Strike of Lightning

But the revelations do not come as a strike of lightning. They come by counseling together. It is by learning: “Information brings inspiration.” You have to collect information. And then you are in the position to receive revelation when you connect to the Spirit.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Church News podcast, https://www.thechurchnews.com/podcast/2021-07-20/inside-church-headquarters-councils-podcast-president-ballard-219892

I heard this when listening to this podcast and something clicked in my brain. It all of a sudden made sense. I got it. I understood it.

I used to think that just because I have a calling or because my role is a father, that I will automatically receive revelation to guide those under my stewardship, to guide my children.

That's partly true.

But, I need to gather information around those topics first. I need to "discover" what is existing out there. I need to study how to be a good father, how to perform my calling well, or just learn about the gospel and the Plan of Salvation.

It's the same way to receive personal revelation. I have to gather information, I have to study, I have to ponder. Then will Heavenly Father work through that spiritual conduit to my mind and heart.

Everything Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ do is for me and for you. I have to live my life in a way that shows them that everything I do is for them. That's the only reason we're here. To learn how to do that.

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