“As the Dew from Heaven Distilling,” Ensign, Feb. 2005, 10–15
Doctrine and Covenants and Church History
As the Dew from Heaven Distilling
Revelation is the means our Heavenly Father uses to communicate divine truth to us.
In accordance with God’s plan, our mortal life is a time when we use our agency “to see if [we] will do all things whatsoever the Lord [our] God shall command [us]” (Abr. 3:25). To aid us in our struggles to overcome Satan’s temptations and choose to come unto Christ, the Lord opens the heavens and reveals truth to us through the Holy Ghost. As Latter-day Saints, “we believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God” (A of F 1:9).
Throughout time, revelation has been praised in the written word, in art, and in hymns. One example is found in the hymn “As the Dew from Heaven Distilling”:
Let thy doctrine, Lord, so gracious,
Thus descending from above,
Blest by thee, prove efficacious
To fulfill thy work of love.
(Hymns, no. 149)
Following are artistic representations and scriptural references that support many types of revelation—from the divine revelation reserved for those we sustain as prophets, seers, and revelators in the Church to the personal revelations available to all who seek truth for their own lives (see Bible Dictionary, “Revelation,” 762).
Types of revelation adapted from Daniel H. Ludlow, ed., Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 5 vols. , 3:1225.