In this lesson we will discuss a topic of vital importance. How do we interpret revelation? How do we distinguish inspiration from God and our own thoughts, feelings, and desires? Once we can identify that we are receiving a prompting from a source greater than ourselves, how do we interpret it? How should we act on it? What is the relationship of personal revelation and teachings revealed through scripture and Church leaders?
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Additional Teacher Reading: 1 Kings 19:12; 1 Nephi 17:45; Helaman 5:30; Luke 24:32; D&C 98:2, 12; D&C 109:44. Matthew 6:10; D&C 88:68; D&C 28:2, 6–7; D&C 43:2–4; Official Declaration 2–paragraph 2; Isaiah 59:2; D&C 58:25–28; 60:5; 61:22; 62:5
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Jennifer, Emily, William, and Jim contribute an illuminating discussion.
You can access the Reader for this lesson here.
You can access my Lesson Notes here.
- Edward Kimball in BYU Studies on the priesthood revelation
- Richard G. Scott, “Revelation for your personal life”
- Rational Faiths post on revelation (also see their posts on Book of Mormon, Blacks and the Priesthood, and temple)
- An illuminating collection of talks (some which align with a faithful perspective better than others) summarizing research on how our brain works
- Summary of Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow with links
- Mormon Matters episode on recognizing the Spirit
Thanks to James Estrada of Oak Street Audio for pulling a near all-nighter to get this out so fast.