nicolasconnault Posted February 27, 2011 Share Posted February 27, 2011 I've just been reflecting on the frequent complaint by some LDS that they struggle to receive personal revelation, and many of them feel guilty about it. There seems to be a cultural expectation that every member of the Church should be proficient at receiving them and at being guided by the Spirit, but the reality is that many rarely feel prompted, or if they do they fail to recognise it.Then I came across a quote by Joseph Smith regarding spiritual gifts, in which he was asking "Do all members prophesy? Do all heal? Do all interpret?", with the obvious meaning that some members do while others do not. We know that each of us has one spiritual gift (at least), but that it may take a while to discover it. Discerning heavenly communications is, in my opinion, one such spiritual gift, and I think that some members have it while others do not.I also think that individualism in our culture has led us (me at least) to expect that every member of the Church ought to be good at most of these spiritual gifts: most should prophesy, heal, have faith, have wisdom etc. I am now realising that this expectation is not warranted. The scriptures teach us that we all have a part to play in the Kingdom, that some of us will be strong at certain things and weak at others. The brother of Jared seemed to struggle with receiving answers from God and relied on his brother. Paul taught the wonderful analogy of the human body, wherein some small members appear less useful than others, but all are important and make up the glorious thing that is the human body.So, my conclusion is that if you are LDS and you struggle to receive personal revelation, it may simply be because that is not your spiritual gift, and you may need to rely more on others for that. That may include occasionally asking your spouse, your bishop or some other person with a stewardship over you to guide you in making inspired decisions. More importantly, you shouldn't feel guilty about it, or believe that the heavens are closed to you because of sin. It may simply be that the Lord wants you to learn to be more interdependent, more united with others and more humble.What do you think? Link to comment
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