Become fluent in the language of the Spirit. D&C 6,8,9,11. Historical Context. Early in the winter of 1828-29, Oliver had been boarding at the Joseph Smith Sr. home as a New York schoolteacher. He heard much about Joseph's strange and wonderful spiritual experiences.
Become fluent in the language of the Spirit
How does the Lord speak to you?
Salvation cannot come without revelation; it is in vain for anyone to minister without it. Joseph Smith, HC, 3:389
Philip A Allred, Meridian Magazine, D&C Lesson 6
God shall give unto you knowledge by his Holy Spirit, yea, by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost…
How do I know when it is the Lord speaking to me?
Intervention Change of Outcomes
He uses a still, small voice to communicate to our minds and hearts
Other scriptural descriptions?
Still voice, perfect mildness, whisper, pierce to very soul
Still small voice
Feel his words
1 Kings 19:11-12
1 Ne 17:45
Gerald N Lund, Hearing the Voice of the Lord,348
“Some [people] have looked exclusively for the great manifestations that are recorded in the scriptures and have failed to recognize the still, small voice that is given to them. … We need to know that the Lord rarely speaks loudly. His messages almost always come in a whisper. …
“Not understanding these principles of revelation, some people postpone acknowledging their testimony until they have experienced a miraculous event. They fail to realize that with most people … gaining a testimony is not an event but a process”
Ensign, Mar. 1997, 11–12, 14
He enlightens our minds.
How would you define being “enlightened”?
What experiences have you had where you would say your mind has been “enlightened”?
When I was in medical school, I was taught that you should never touch the beating heart because if you did, it would stop. And then I read in the Doctrine and Covenants that “unto every kingdom is given a law; and unto every law there are certain bounds also and conditions.” (D&C 88:38.) That passage told me that the blessing of a heartbeat is predicated upon obedience to law. So I knew that there were laws pertaining to the beat of a heart. Therefore, if we understood those laws, we might be able to approach the heart with a little more precision.
Church News, April 22, 1984, p.4
It is the making known of divine truth by communication with the heavens, and consists not only of revelation of the plan of salvation to the Lord’s prophets, but also a confirmation in the hearts of the believers that the revelation to the prophets is true. It also consists of individual guidance for every person who seeks for it and follows the prescribed course of faith, repentance, and obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
TO THE MIND
Voice in mind
TO THE HEART
He brings peace to our minds.
How can we be more trusting of the peace that the Spirit speaks to our minds?
He may cause a burning in the bosom.
How would you describe to someone what this feels like?
He often reveals things “line upon line, precept upon precept” rather than all at once.
We learn spiritually in the same way that we learn and grow in mortality
Agency and learning
We learn patience
Opens the way to more revelation
After we act on what we receive we receive more revelation
Seldom will you receive a complete response all at once. It will come a piece at a time, in packets, so that you will grow in capacity. As each piece is followed in faith, you will be led to other portions until you have the whole answer. That pattern requires you to exercise faith.
Ensign, May 2007,9.
“Once one recognizes this burning, this feeling, this peace, one need never be drawn astray in his daily life or in the guidance he may receive.”
“The Still Small Voice,” Ensign, May 1976, p.23.
Lund story, 142
Lord (D&C 98:2).
“Sometimes you may struggle with a problem and not get an answer. What could be wrong? It may be that you are not doing anything wrong. It may be that you have not done the right things long enough. Remember, you cannot force spiritual things. Sometimes we are confused simply because we won’t take no for an answer. …
“Put difficult questions in the back of your minds and go about your lives. Ponder and pray quietly and persistently about them.
“The answer may not come as a lightning bolt. It may come as a little inspiration here and a little there, ‘line upon line, precept upon precept’ (D&C 98:12).
“Some answers will come from reading the scriptures, some from hearing speakers. And, occasionally, when it is important, some will come by very direct and powerful inspiration. The promptings will be clear and unmistakable”
Conference Report, Oct. 1979, 29–30; or Ensign, Nov. 1979, 21
“The First Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel”
See the Class Member Study Guide
D&C 9:10-12, 14
10. Now, if you had known this you could have translated; nevertheless, it is not expedient that you should translate now.
11. Behold, it was expedient when you commenced; but you feared, and the time is past, and it is not expedient now;
12. For, do you not behold that I have given unto my servant Joseph sufficient strength, whereby it is made up? And neither of you have I condemned.
14. Stand fast in the work wherewith I have called you, and a hair of your head shall not be lost, and you shall be lifted up at the last day. Amen.