“The Dews from Heaven,” New Era, Jan. 2015, 6–7
Objects from the Scriptures
The Dews from Heaven
What can little drops of water teach us about how we receive revelation?
Facts about Dew
What it is. Condensed water vapor on a cooled surface.
How it is formed. When air cools below the dew point (the temperature at which relative humidity reaches 100 percent), water molecules in the air cluster to form dewdrops on cool surfaces through condensation (changing from a gas to a liquid). Under certain conditions, drops also form in the air, creating a night mist.
When it occurs. Dew usually forms at night, when temperatures are falling.
What its effects are. Dew moistens and cools whatever it forms on. Because of this, it can help plants survive hot, dry summers. In the westernmost areas of the Holy Land, for instance, moist air from the sea causes large amounts of dew to form during the summer months, greatly benefiting crops.
What We Can Learn
“Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.”
Collects gradually. Though the Lord can flood our souls with revelation and inspiration at times, we are more likely to experience a gradual increase in understanding and testimony of His word throughout our lives.
Forms quietly and invisibly. A testimony of the truth is a gift from God. Because of this, it can seem miraculous to us. President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has said, “We become taller in our testimony like we grow in physical stature and hardly know it is happening, because it comes by growth” (“How Does the Spirit Speak to Us?” New Era, Feb. 2010, 3).
Helps keep plants alive in harsh conditions. We live in a world that is hostile to faith and testimony, but our Heavenly Father never leaves us to wither. When we allow God’s word to “distil upon [our souls],” we can be refreshed and kept alive spiritually, and we can then thrive, grow, and bring forth the fruits of faith—a change of heart, a love of God and our fellowmen, and good works.