Sunday, June 10, 2012

GCBC Week 11: “How to Obtain Revelation and Inspiration for Your Personal Life”

I mentioned before that I participated in TwitterStake this year for General Conference, and it was a really interesting and exciting experience. My first tweet of Elder Scott’s talk?

Elder Scott's first words? Appreciation for his wife.
He sure loves her! #ldsconf #TwitterStake #marriage

I am always struck by Elder Scott’s love for his wife. He has mentioned her in at least his last three or four General Conference talks. Last October conference I decided that I want to be just like Sister Scott.

I loved the distinction between revelation and inspiration that Elder Scott gives in his opening remarks.

The Holy Ghost communicates important information that we need to guide us in our mortal journey. When it is crisp and clear and essential, it warrants the title of revelation. When it is a series of promptings we often have to guide us step by step to a worthy objective, for the purpose of this message, it is inspiration.

From this I got:

revelation – crisp, clear, and essential
inspiration – a series of promptings leading us to a worty objective

There was a lot more that stood out to me in this talk, and I can’t wait to discuss it with you!

What stood out to you in this talk?


  1. I thought it was interesting that following the Word of Wisdom makes you more open to the Spirit. I had never thought about it like that before but its true that while exercising I am more in tune.

  2. I thought it was interesting that following the Word of Wisdom makes you more open to the Spirit. I had never thought about it like that before but its true that while exercising I am more in tune.

  3. *shwew* Sorry I'm so late! I wanted to come over and share a few thoughts that occurred to me while I read Elder Scott's message.

    Lately, I've been pondering quite a bit about a goal that I really want and feel that I *need* to meet, and specifically wondering if I can ask Heavenly Father to help me reach this particular goal. (Okay, fine. It's about losing weight--which is a long and complicated saga, made more complicated by the 12 day old on my lap and postpartum depression looming on the horizon.) I mean, I know we can always ask Heavenly Father for help, but--in this case--I feel like it's going to take real and true divine assistance and intervention for me to climb this particular mountain. I've been thinking a lot about my temple covenants, and wondering if there was an avenue there to petition heaven to receive promised blessings. Anyway. It's just been something that I haven't been able to figure out.

    Which brings me to the part of Elder Scott's talk that was the most powerful to me: "The scriptures give eloquent confirmation of how truth, consistently lived, opens the door to inspiration to know what to do and, where needed, TO HAVE PERSONAL CAPACITIES ENHANCED BY DIVINE POWER." Obviously, that statement made me perk up and pay attention. He then goes on to talk about how, through obedience to God's commandments, I can "have access to His inspiration to know what to do and, as needed, the divine power to do it." (I wish I knew how to BOLD and underline that last line!!) So that is the beginning of my take-away from this talk and how I can apply it; it was a real source of inspiration to me. In pondering on this goal, I was led to this talk. This talk gives me some counsel on things to improve on, but also some real, concrete reassurance that I can, truly, approach my Heavenly Father for help in a matter that seems so surface, I know, but that I *need* His help with.

    Thanks for hosting, Becca. See you later this week for more! -Becca2

  4. I love this talk in combination with his last talk about the power of scriptures. Together I think they create a really powerful recipe for learning and embracing God's will and messages for us.

  5. Elder Scott really has the ability to speak succinctly and with power about how we can access the powers of heaven. I always feel like his words are distilled directly from heaven for me.

    His wife was wonderful and he loves her so! My roommate is somehow related to them (can't remember how) and during a family wedding, Sis. Scott chose to stay outside the temple and walk the grounds with the youth. My roommate treasured that time and the feeling that they were important when Sis. Scott could have been in the temple, but she wanted to encourage the younger family members on their journeys to the temple. She had a profound effect on Elder Scott and his life. Apparently when they met he was marginally active, with no desire to serve a mission. She made it clear that she would only marry an RM, so he got his act together and served an honorable mission, making faithful covenants and changing his life. What power would we all have missed out on if she hadn't been firm in her standards?

    I felt touched by the principle that good health practices increase and enhance our ability to receive revelation. I know that it is difficult for me to reach through the fog of my brain when I am overtired, undernourished or exercising poorly. This is an essential element of sanctification and purification. I also felt touched to be reminded that searching for inspiration is cyclical: we ask, we search, we receive, we clarify and confirm, we search more, we receive more. It seems like spiritual yoga--stretching our spirits ever further in the positions of supplication to receive all that God has for us.

  6. I liked his comment about how we often receive revelation best when we are seeking it to help others, and how that revelation can often help us in our situations as well.


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