One of the tenets of the LDS faith that separates us from Christian sects is the idea that God still reveals His will to His people. To those of us who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the idea that a Father in Heaven would STOP talking to His children is unimaginable — anymore than a loving, caring father on earth would give his kids the silent treatment.
We often point to the pattern of prophets found in the Bible: in the Old Testament, prophets spoke the word of God to His people. In the New Testament, the Savior brought God’s word. His authorized servants, the Apostles, spoke in His name after He returned to His Father in heaven. That members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that God still calls men to speak in His name is evident in our organizational structure.
I think I find the fear that this seems to being out in people of other faiths the most fascinating reaction to this particular LDS belief. Somehow, it is very easy for others to feel that my church is being led by self-serving old men who are power hungry. I have been accused of blind faith and refusing to think. Sadly, most of these misunderstandings arise because these acquaintances are unaware of the companion belief that every person is entitled to have God show them truth and error.
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are taught to seek personal guidance from our Father in Heaven through prayer and scripture study. We are taught to listen for and to perceive the answers that we receive through the Holy Spirit. We are taught that, even if we question our leaders, we can turn to God and know that we will be pointed in the right direction.
“As we seek answers from God, we feel the still, small voice whisper to our spirits. These feelings—these impressions—are so natural and so subtle that we may overlook them or attribute them to reason or intuition. These individualized messages testify of God’s personal love and concern for each of His children and their personal mortal missions.” (Elder Paul B. Pieper, “To Hold Sacred,” April 2012 General Conference)
We are even given clues on how to tell when a message actually comes from God:
“Two indicators that a feeling or prompting comes from God are that it produces peace in your heart and a quiet, warm feeling.” (Elder Richard G. Scott, “How to Obtain Revelation and Inspiration for Your Personal Life,” April 2012 General Conference)
The next series of videos explains the idea very well: