Inspirational Messages

    Patterns of Light: Discerning Light


    How do we recognize divine light and discern it from our own thoughts? In part 2 of this three part series, Elder David A. Bednar discusses how to discern and act upon light from God.


      [MUSIC PLAYING] People sometimes will question whether it's inspiration or whether it's my own thought. We have to act then we find out if it's coming from me or if it's the power of God. So for example, you may have an occasion where you fail to say your morning prayers. And you, all of a sudden, hear the voice of your mother who, when you were a small boy, would say remember to say your morning prayers, remember to say your evening prayers. But why would God send an angel to deliver that message to you when the Holy Ghost can bring back to you the recollection or the remembrance of your angel mother reminding you to pray? The effect is the same.

      Everything that invites and entices us to do good and to be good comes from God. People might ask well, why not make it easy to recognize all the time? I would suggest that the simple answer is because God trusts us. He shouldn't have to dramatically shake us to get our attention.

      Those who are baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints receive, by the laying on of hands, the gift of the Holy Ghost. Now any person anywhere in the world can and is influenced by the Holy Ghost, but after baptism by proper authority one receives this ordinance of the Holy Ghost. That gift, as it operates in our life as we seek can ask, invites inspiration from Heaven and revelation.