Teaching our children about the glorious reality of two-way communication with heaven is one of the greatest services we can do for them. How about discussing personal revelation in the setting of Family Home Evening?
In the 1970’s when Sister Elisabeth Grosh of the Tempe Stake was seven years old, her family prepared to move from Arizona to her parents’ native Germany and live with her grandfather for some time. Elisabeth was nervous about the upcoming move to a land she’d never even visited. One night in a pleasant dream, she saw a street swathed in sunlight. She noticed the well-kept houses that lined the street and a store situated on the bottom floor of one of them. The dream immediately dispelled her angst, though she didn’t yet know the significance of what she’d just seen. Once settled in Coburg, Germany, as she and an older sister walked toward their new school, the Pestalozzi Grundschule, Elisabeth recognized from her dream the first segment of the 10-minute path. There, along the street called Eupenstrasse, were the houses she was shown— some built in the fachwerk style with exposed timber beams. And there was the bottom-floor store built of bricks. Though Elisabeth’s family had not yet become practicing members of any religion, she recalled the peaceful feeling of her dream and knew she’d be okay.
Concepts/quotes to discuss:
The Lord often reveals to His children that He knows exactly where we are now and where we’ll be tomorrow. Even if no mortal knows your location, you can never be hidden from Heavenly Father or too far away for His help. Understanding that concept can bring relief to children—and adults.
Revelation comes in various ways to all of God’s children. He reveals more and more when we show sincere interest in His direction. Speaking of Jesus Christ, Elder Bednar said, “As we are yoked with Him through sacred covenants and receive the enabling power of His Atonement in our lives, we increasingly will seek to understand and live according to His will.”
Brigham Young said, “It was asked me by a gentleman how I guided the people by revelation. I teach them to live so that the Spirit of revelation may make plain to them their duty day by day that they are able to guide themselves.”
Possible discussion questions:
- How does the Lord reveal things to you? (solutions that click into your mind, nudges to say or do something, feelings of peace…)
- How has Heavenly Father shown that He knows where you are or that you’re on the right path for your life?
- Find several ancient and modern scripture verses relating to this topic, such as Matthew 7:7-8 and Moroni 10:3-5.
- Ask friends of other faiths how God reveals things personally to them.