Revelation is communication from God to His children. According to our faithfulness, we can receive revelation to help us satisfy our specific personal needs, responsibilities, and questions.
Elder Richard G. Scott said: “The Holy Ghost communicates important information that we need to guide us in our mortal journey. When it is crisp and clear and essential, it warrants the title of revelation. When it is a series of promptings we often have to guide us step by step to a worthy objective, for the purpose of this message, it is inspiration.”
Personal revelation comes most clearly when we are making efforts to receive and confirm it. We must do our own research, make our own decisions, and take them to the Lord in prayer. The Lord told us, “But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right. But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong; therefore, you cannot write that which is sacred save it be given you from me” (D&C 9:8-9).
In order to receive revelation, prayer is key. The Lord said, “Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8). In order to find and receive, we must seek and ask.
Elder Richard G. Scott added, “Spiritual communication can be enhanced by good health practices. Exercise, reasonable amounts of sleep, and good eating habits increase our capacity to receive and understand revelation. We will live for our appointed life span. However, we can improve both the quality of our service and out well-being by making careful, appropriate choices.”
If you strive to live by love, humility, and obedience you will live close to the Spirit and be more receptive to revelation.