In my opinion, the most important revelation was when Joseph Smith met his Maker and His son when he was 14.
Sister T | Email | Homepage | 08.25.04 – 1:22 am | #
I agree with Sister T.
Although I think the revelation of the founding fathers accepting the gospel is really cool. (Probably not that important though).
Ryan | Email | Homepage | 08.25.04 – 12:41 pm | #
I think your question can be answered on several different levels.
The most important revelation of all time could be God’s revealing His Plan of Salvation to man on earth; or, in a related vein, it could be (as stated above by Sister T) the revelation that opened so many more revelations pertaining to our salvation: Joseph Smith’s First Vision.
However, one could also argue that the most important revelation is his or her own personal revelation from God that He exists and that this is His true church.
At another level, in light of what Pres. Benson has said about the current prophet being the most important one, perhaps the most important revelation to us is that which is being revealed by our current prophet.
I’ve heard it said that the most important commandment is the one you are having the most difficulty keeping… so why couldn’t the most important revelation be the one you are having the most difficulty accepting?
So, is there really just ONE answer?
Amy | Email | Homepage | 08.25.04 – 12:52 pm | #
Apparently not. I hadn’t thought about the other possibilities, especially what Amy said about each person’s personal revelation about God. That’s very true.
Sister T | Email | Homepage | 08.25.04 – 3:11 pm | #
My dad once told me that as our perspective changes, so do those items of import. He also pointed out that as we move from position to position in life, our perspective also changes. At the time (my teenage years)it meant very little to me. Now that I have moved to a different position than then however, it has begun to make better sense and be more useful. I guess my point is that revelation is usually most appreciated from one’s current position…although I cannot imagine any revelation from God (personal or otherwise) to be given lightly or without intent.
There have been times when without what personal revelations I have been given, I would not have been around to rcieve the benefit of any others.
R | Email | Homepage | 08.25.04 – 4:44 pm | #
If you talk about revelations that others have had, then you’re not talking about “personal revelation” but about what you’ve learned about how others received revelation.
If I were you, I would seriously tackle the topic of how YOU receive revelation, inspiration, communication from God — whatever you want to call it. If you can share your real-life experiences on the matter, others can gain your insights rather than those that have been praised or re-hashed over and over again by others. It seems to me that the results would be refreshing to you and to your audience.
danithew | Email | Homepage | 08.25.04 – 6:27 pm | #
Whoops… looks like the topic is “revelation” in general and not “personal revelation” as I had thought. My mistake. I’d still be more interested in hearing your personal insights on the question though.
danithew | Email | Homepage | 08.25.04 – 6:28 pm | #
My first inclination, of course, was to say the First Vision. But then, what is considered revelation? Of course the physical manifestation of God (First Vision, Ether, etc.) is revelation. How about the manifestation of “lesser” spirits (Moroni to JS)? Clearly. How about the manifestation of the Holy Ghost testifying the truthfulness of the Gospel? Of course. How about the Light of Christ leading someone to accept the missionaries into their homes? Sure. How about when I read a truth in the BOM? Isn’t it truth being revealed? How about when I read a truth in a physics book? Is that revelation? At what point do we call it a revelation and/or a teaching?
However, I think I’m avoiding the question, in a way. I tend to agree with Amy. I don’t know if you can’t really rank them by importance in absolute terms.
Rusty | Email | Homepage | 08.25.04 – 6:33 pm | #
The topic for the sac. talk is “Revelation”. My wife is going to speak on personal revelation. That leaves me with a pretty wide open topic. That’s why I asked the question.
Your insights are great, keep them coming.
Rusty’s thought…can revelations be ranked? Can we rank them either by method, or importance, or general or specific? If they can then what is the most important revelation?
What’s the criteria for determining which or what revelation is important or the most important?
I still feel I know where I’m going with this, incorporating a lot of what’s already been said and including personal experience as danithew encourages.
don | Email | Homepage | 08.25.04 – 7:49 pm | #
The most important revelation of all is the revelation of the Christ.
This is in fact the key to all revelation. See Rev. 19:10 (“for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy”); Matt 16:15-19(“thou art the Christ…upon this rock I will build my church”).
The revelation in the Sacred Grove can also be characterized as a revelation of the Christ.
The Sprirt testifies of Him (and accordingly can reveal all kinds of truth) and then Christ reveals the Father. See 3 Ne 11:32; Jn 14.
One particular bit of truth or doctrine can be more important than another according to one’s need in a particular time and instance…but in the grand scope of the Plan of Salvation I think this is THE answer, and not just an answer.
Ian R | Email | Homepage | 08.26.04 – 10:13 pm | #
For what it is worth, I wrote on that a while back:
At least from the perspectives of what Prophets are good for, which reflects what is important and what is not about revelation.
Ethesis (Stephen M) | Email | Homepage | 08.28.04 – 1:27 am | #