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    Is God Really Guiding Me?

    Katie Sue Embley

    Learning how the Holy Ghost speaks to you personally is another vital part of receiving and recognizing revelation. It can be different for each of us.

    Our lives are full of big choices: where to go to school, what career path to take, who to marry, and more. Our lives are also filled with daily concerns: choosing the best use of our time, trying to understand doctrine, and finding peace in our trials. All in all, we need personal revelation. But sometimes it can be hard to know how to receive it and how to recognize it. When we aren’t getting or recognizing answers, we may wonder, “Was that the Spirit or just my idea?” “Why did I feel inspired to do that and then fail?” “Why do I feel like God doesn’t answer my prayers?”

    Fortunately, in “Making Decisions: Agency vs. Revelation,” you can learn a bit about receiving personal revelation when making life-changing decisions. While God wants to guide us, He also wants to help us learn to rely on our agency to make good choices.

    Learning how the Holy Ghost speaks to you personally is another vital part of receiving and recognizing revelation. It can be different for each of us.

    Especially when we’re young, thinking of the future can be overwhelming, even frightening. But when I remember how God has led my life in the past, it gives me courage to move forward and act, trusting that He will continue to give me the guidance I need along the way.

    What’s the Best Advice You’ve Ever Heard about Receiving Revelation?

    “My EFY counselor once told me, ‘Develop your relationship with God as your literal spirit Father. The stronger your relationship with Him, the more you will understand and be guided.’ That has made a huge difference in my prayers.”

    —Grant Goolsby, California, USA

    “Our stake patriarch has everyone memorize one single phrase: ‘to receive revelation, read revelation.’ It has helped me so much as I have read the scriptures.”

    —Shellby Tippetts, Missouri, USA

    “Take time to ponder. Joseph Smith pondered James 1:5 before he resolved to act. Sometimes Heavenly Father wants us to invest in prayer and study before He gives us answers. We learn the most that way.”
    —Natasha Herbst, Utah, USA

    What is the best advice you’ve ever heard about revelation? Share your experience below.

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