After a few weeks of treading chilling waters, a light dawned on my soul, that familiar voice once again, the still, small one you have to listen to carefully to hear, but one that speaks peace to heart and mind. The light came as a kind of spiritual code that I was slowly beginning to grasp. “Go toward the light,” it seemed to say. “That’s where you’ll find peace.”
Those words felt right. They felt true. I followed that counsel and soon found that the more I followed the light, the more it followed me.
“Put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good—yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit . . . which shall enlighten your mind [and] shall fill your soul with joy;
“And then shall ye know, or by this shall you know, all things whatsoever you desire of me, which are pertaining unto things of righteousness, in faith believing in me that you shall receive” (Doctrine and Covenants 11:12–14).
Well, personal revelation was critical to my understanding and progress. It was all I needed to shake off the chains of others’ doubts and step into purer waters, the waters of baptism. From that time forward, I began to discern light from darkness more distinctly, which made my path clear and plain to me. I learned that when I turned to squarely face the light, all shadows fell behind me.
“It is given unto you to judge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night.
“For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God” (Moroni 7:15–16).
In time the voice of the Spirit became my personal compass. Recognizing revelation has required plenty of trial and error on my part, but over time it’s become easier for me to get answers consistently. And along the way I learned that my concerns and questions are my responsibility and no one else’s. They’re up to me to resolve. As I’ve pursued them over the years, I’ve found a high success rate in getting the answers, or at least the peace of mind I need while waiting for them to arrive.
“Doubt not, but be believing, . . . and come unto the Lord with all your heart, and work out your own salvation with fear and trembling before him” (Mormon 9:27).