Receive revelation to lead

It is the duty and privilege of Church leaders to receive personal revelation from the Holy Ghost confirming that "Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world," said Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve. (Doctrine and Covenants 46:13.)

"If we and Church members are built upon the Rock of Our Redeemer, the promise is that amid life's storms we will not be 'dragged down,' " he said. (See Helaman 5:12.)

"So vital is the help of the Holy Ghost that even angels 'speak by the power of the Holy Ghost." (2 Nephi 32:3; 33:10.) "Hence King Benjamin's great sermon, though made known to him by an angel, came by the power of the Holy Ghost." (See Mosiah 3:2.)

The witness of the Savior is vital not only for priesthood leaders personally but for those whom they lead, the apostle noted, "for among your Church flocks are some to whom 'it is given to believe on [our] words, that they might have eternal life if they continue faithful.' " (Doctrine and Covenants 46:14.)

He indicated that revelation is "usually a quiet and inward, but real, process."

"More than in any other way," he taught, "the Holy Ghost can reveal to us how we can connect the doctrines with our personal discipleship and also help others to do likewise. . . . He can, for instance, help us see and repent of our sins of omission as well. So doing will bring us ever greater joy in this life than we have ever known."

In applying the scriptures, "both intellect and feeling are involved," Elder Maxwell said. He added that the voice of the Spirit "need not pass through eardrums; instead, the words go to our minds — audibly and distinctly. Feelings without words come, too, giving needed directions, but without explanations. Whether by words or by feelings, however, there will also be an accompanying sense of peace! This confirming peace is such a reassuring blessing!"

Regarding the gift of discernment, he said, "Do not be surprised if you sometimes know more than you can tell or explain."

He noted that the Holy Ghost brings about genuine, two-way communication, "something surprisingly rare in human communications," whereby the message is conveyed and received by the Holy Ghost. "This two-way communication occurs during inspired teaching in a classroom, when speaking in sacrament meeting, or during conversations one with another," he added.

Elder Maxwell cautioned that since there are "other voices" in the world, it should be remembered that "God entices us to do good, to love Him and to serve Him. These tests safeguard this sacred process — so that with increasing experience, we 'may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night.' " (Moroni 7:14-15.)

Elder Maxwell enjoined the leaders to "teach others about revelation . . . so that more and more members enjoy this great privilege too."

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