Nephi’s 4 steps to receiving revelation

Nephi’s 4 steps to receiving revelation

In 1 Nephi Chapter 11, Nephi explains a pretty amazing vision that he had, where he saw the virgin Mary, baby Jesus, Christ’s ministry, the vision of the tree of life, Christ’s crucifixion, Christ’s visit to the Americas, and had a Q&A session with the Holy Ghost. Pretty amazing, as far as revelations go. Verse 1 gives us the roadmap he followed to get there:

“For it came to pass after I had desired to know the things that my father had seen, and believing that the Lord was able to make them known unto me, as I sat pondering in mine heart I was caught away in the Spirit of the Lord, yea, into an exceedingly high mountain, which I never had before seen, and upon which I never had before set my foot.”

Did you catch the 4 steps? Here’s what I saw:

  1. Desire to know something (and be humble enough to admit it when you don’t know something–see 1 Nephi 11:17)
  2. Believe that the Lord can make it known unto you
  3. Take time to ponder
  4. Allow yourself the time, space, and state of mind to be caught away in the Spirit of the Lord.

There are numerous references in Chapter 11 to desire and belief, but I think the last 2 steps are equally important. We need to create the space to ponder and be ready for the Lord to speak to us. What can we take out of our lives to create that space?