And there are many among us who have many , for they are not all . And as many as are not stiffnecked and have faith, have with the Holy Spirit, which maketh manifest unto the children of men, according to their faith.
This verse in Jarom was my very favorite from the Come, Follow Me chapters this week. I just loved the image of many people in the Nephite community receiving many revelations. And Jarom matter-of-factly gives the formula:
- Don’t be stiffnecked
- Have faith
That’s it. If we’re not stiffnecked (stubborn, proud, disobedient) and have faith, we can have communion with the Holy Spirit. We can. Anyone can.
The Holy Spirit manifests things according to our faith and obedience. So I don’t have to have huge faith to commune with the Holy Spirit. I just need some faith—or like Alma says, a tiny seed’s worth of faith. If I have a particle of faith, revelations can come.
Many Among Us Who Have Many Revelations
What kinds of revelations were they having?
Jarom wrote about blessings of protection, which would come through the means of revelation.
And it came to pass that they came many times against us, the Nephites, to battle. But ourand our were mighty men in the faith of the Lord; and they taught the people the ways of the Lord; wherefore, we withstood the Lamanites and swept them away out of lands . . .
And thus being prepared to meet the Lamanites, they did not prosper against us. But the word of the Lord was verified, which he spake unto our fathers, saying that:as ye will keep my commandments ye shall in the land.
They were enlightened by the Holy Spirit to find natural resources and invent things.
And we multiplied exceedingly, and spread upon the face of the land, and became exceedingly rich in, and in silver, and in precious things, and in fine of wood, in buildings, and in , and also in iron and copper, and brass and steel, making all manner of tools of every kind to till the ground, and of war—yea, the sharp pointed arrow, and the quiver, and the dart, and the javelin, and all preparations for war.
I’m so curious about their machinery! I’d love to see what they invented and how it benefitted their people.
They Must Be Having Big Revelation
Jarom talked about items of daily life. As I stopped to think about many people receiving many revelations, I realized I just assumed everyone was receiving big revelations about the most important things.
The Holy Ghost prompted me to consider things I’d encountered today (Friday) and to reconsider my assumption on what “many revelations” meant.
- One moment that came to mind was a conversation with a friend about reports that we shouldn’t use Ibuprofen if we had symptoms of coronavirus. I had just heard a report refuting that claim. At that moment, I knew the only way I’d know for sure what to do was to seek revelation about it.
- Another one moment that came to mind was about searching for jobs on a job board. The jobs are flying off the board right now and sometimes I worry about getting the amount of jobs I need, even though I always do. Today, I felt like I should pass on a couple of jobs that came up and refresh the board (refreshing brings up the new jobs). We get two minutes to preview a job and decide if we want to claim it. The thought came that if I was previewing those jobs, I would miss something else. After refreshing a few times, a job posted that I claimed. It was an awesome job and the content made me so happy. Had I ignored that little revelation, I would have missed out on a job I really, really loved.
- I kept bugging Anthony to go on a family bike ride this morning. He was working solidly through the morning. We all needed the fresh air and exercise. Then it began to rain, and I thought the option was off the table. I got busy with the job I just mentioned. Anthony finished around 1:00 p.m. and prepared the bikes and said we should go then. We never go during the heat of the day. We went. The roads had dried from the morning rain. As we returned home, rain began to fall again.
- I asked a question in my scripture study and followed a line of thought that came to mind that I’d never before considered. Things I learned edified and excited me.
I realized that many revelations didn’t need to be just big revelations. Many revelations can also refer to the small guidance that comes in our day-to-day lives as we’re trying to do the best we can.
We’re asking lots of questions these days about how to be safe and healthy, and ways to serve others, and how to maintain sanity, and how to fortify our spirits to prepare for general conference, and so many other things. In this day of confusion and turmoil, we are a people that can and do receive many revelations.
I just need to remember to always follow Jarom’s recipe and hear the divine Word.
Hearken and ye whom I delight to bless with the greatest of all , ye that hear me…., O ye my people, saith the Lord and your God,
I know the Lord delights to bless. Even my little examples today show me that what matters to me matters to the Lord. If I listen to Him, I can receive His blessings that make my day-to-day mundane more exciting and joyful. And learning to hear and heed the small promptings will help me prepare to receive other more important promptings.
Jarom said we receive revelation based on the depth of our faith and obedience. I’m super grateful for promptings about when to ride our bikes and waiting for a job I love, but what my soul longs for and cherishes are the revelations pertaining to my eternal journey and salvation.
One of my very favorite stories of revelation in the Book of Mormon is Enos’s experience. This chapter is also part of this week’s Come, Follow Me lesson. Enos’s struggle for the remission of his sins is so relatable. He shows his formula for receiving revelation.
- Ponder on spiritual truths, words of the prophet
- Find a solitary place
- Hunger for revelation
- Humble yourself
- Pray a mighty prayer
- Expect an answer and wait for as long as it takes
And my soul; and I down before my Maker, and I unto him in mighty and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens.
And there came aunto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are thee, and thou shalt be blessed.
And I, Enos, knew that Godnot lie; wherefore, my guilt was swept away.
And I said: Lord, how is it done?
And he said unto me:of thy in Christ, whom thou hast never before heard nor seen. And many years pass away before he shall manifest himself in the flesh; wherefore, go to, thy faith hath made thee .
Repenting of every sin is a requirement for receiving more revelation. Because his sins were remitted, Enos received the ultimate revelation. I love his declaration of redemption.
And I soon go to the place of my, which is with my Redeemer; for I know that in him I shall . And I rejoice in the day when my shall put on , and shall stand before him; then shall I see his face with pleasure, and he will say unto me: Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the of my Father. Amen.
This is the revelation we all seek—to stand with confidence in the presence of God and receive eternal life.
How awesome it is to live in the midst of a tumultuous world and be a people who receive many revelations from the Lord of revelation! I’m so grateful for Jarom and Enos, who shared a glimpse into how revelation is accessible and how it impacted their lives.
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have moved 64 times and have not tired of experiencing this beautiful earth! I love the people, languages, histories/anthropologies, & especially religious cultures of the world. My life long passion is the study & searching out of religious symbolism, specifically related to ancient & modern temples. My husband Anthony and I love our bulldog Stig, adventures, traveling, movies, motorcycling, and time with friends and family.