Quotes on Inspiration

See also: Mosiah 5:12

The Lord has a way of pouring pure intelligence into our minds to prompt us, to guide us, to teach us, to warn us.  You can know the things you need to know instantly!  Learn to receive inspiration. — Elder Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, November 1979

Each one of us is the architect of his own fate, and he is unfortunate indeed who will try to build himself without the inspiration of God; without realizing that he grows from within, not from without. — President David O. McKay, Conference Report, October 1963, p. 7

I want to advise this people, if the Lord ever does give you an inspiration, for heaven’s sake write it down and remember it. — Elder J. Golden Kimball, Conference Report, April 1927, p. 53

Perspiration must precede inspiration. — President Spencer W. Kimball, Second Century Address, BYU, p. 8

When we receive an impression in our heart, we can use our mind either to rationalize it away or to accomplish it.  Be careful what you do with an impression from the Lord. — Elder Richard G. Scott, Ensign, November 1989, p. 31

When my ministry is over, it won’t be any talk that I’ve given in the Tabernacle that will make much difference or will be very important in the sight of the Lord.  What will be important, I think, is that I hear the voice and respond to the prompting, that the Spirit might direct me that I might be an instrument in the hands of the Lord to do His will and His bidding.  — Elder M. Russell Ballard, Church News, January 16, 1988

How are we to know the voice of the Good Shepherd from the voice of a stranger? Can any person answer this question?  I can.  It is very easy.  To every philosopher upon the earth, I say, your eye can be deceived, so can mine; your ear can be deceived, so can mine; the touch of your hand can be deceived, so can mine; but the Spirit of God filling the creature with revelation and the light of eternity, cannot be mistaken – the revelation which comes from God is never mistaken.  When an individual, filled with the Spirit of God, declares the truth of heaven, the sheep hear that, the Spirit of the Lord pierces their inmost souls and sinks deep into their hearts; by the testimony of the Holy Ghost light springs up within them, and they see and understand for themselves.  This is the way the Gospel should be preached by every Elder in Israel, and by this power every hearer should hear; and if we would know the voice of the Good Shepherd, we must live so that the Spirit of the Lord can find its way to our hearts. Discourses of Brigham Young, ed. by John A. Widstoe, p. 431

Opposition turns up almost anyplace something good has happened.  It can happen when you are trying to get an education.  It can hit you after your first month in your new mission field.  It certainly happens in matter of love and marriage. . . . there are cautions and considerations to make, but once there has been genuine illumination, beware the temptation to retreat from a good thing.  If it was right when you prayed about it and trusted it and lived for it, it is right now.  Don’t give up when the pressure mounts. . . . Face your doubts.  Master your fears.  ‘Cast not away therefore your confidence.’  Stay the course and see the beauty of life unfold for you.  — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence,” BYU Devotional, March 2, 1999

 . . . the Lord’s purposes are often accomplished as we pay heed to the guidance of the Spirit.  I believe that the more we act upon the inspiration and impressions which come to us, the more the Lord will entrust to us His errands. — President Thomas S. Monson, “Consider the Blessings,” Ensign, November 2012

God, the Father of us all, uses the men of the earth, especially good men, to accomplish his purposes.  It has been true in the past, it is true today, it will be true in the future.

“Perhaps the Lord needs such men on the outside of His Church to help it along,” said the late Elder Orson F. Whitney of the Quorum of the Twelve.  “They are among its auxiliaries, and can do more good for the cause where the Lord has placed them, than anywhere else. . . . Hence, some are drawn into the fold and receive a testimony of the truth; while others remain unconverted . . . the beauties and glories of the gospel being veiled temporarily from their view, for a wise purpose.  The Lord will open their eyes in His own due time.  God is using more than one people for the accomplishment of His great and marvelous work.  The Latter-day Saints cannot do it all.  It is too vast, too arduous for any one people. . . . We have no quarrel with the Gentiles.  They are our partners in a certain sense.”  (Conference Report, April 1928, p. 59) — President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, July 1972, p. 59


Inspiration comes more easily in peaceful settings. Such words as quiet, still, peaceable, Comforter abound in the scriptures: “Be still, and know that I am God.” . . .

The world grows increasingly noisy.  Clothing and grooming and conduct are looser and sloppier and more disheveled.  Raucous music, with obscene lyrics blasted through amplifiers while lights flash psychedelic colors, characterizes the drug culture.  Variations of these things are gaining wide acceptance and influence over our youth.

This trend to more noise, more excitement, more contention, less restraint, less dignity, less formality is not coincidental nor innocent nor harmless.

The first order issued by a commander mounting a military invasion is the jamming of the channels of communication of those he intends to conquer. 

Irreverence suits the purposes of the adversary by obstructing the delicate channels of revelation in both mind and spirit. — Elder Boyd K. Packer, “Reverence Invites Revelation,” Ensign, November 1991, pp. 21-22

There is not a position that we can occupy in life, either as fathers, mothers, children, masters, servants, or as elders of Israel holding the holy priesthood in all its ramifications, but what we need continually is wisdom flowing from the Lord and intelligence communicated by him, that we may know how to perform correctly the various duties and avocations of life, and to fulfil the various responsibilities that rest upon us.  And hence the necessity all the day long, and every day and every week, month, and year, and under all circumstances, of men leaning upon the Lord and being guided by that Spirit that flows from him, that we may not fall into error – that we may neither do anything wrong, say anything wrong, nor think anything wrong, and all the time retain that Spirit, which can only be kept by observing purity, holiness, and virtue, and living continually in obedience to the laws and commandments of God. Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor, p. 159

Our Heavenly Father did not launch us on our eternal journey without providing the means whereby we could receive from Him God-given guidance to ensure our safe return at the end of life’s great race.  Yes, I speak of prayer.  I speak, too, of the whisperings from that still, small voice within each of us; and I do not overlook the holy scriptures, written by mariners who successfully sailed the seas we too must cross. — President Thomas S. Monson, “Which Road Will You Travel?” Ensign, November 1976

When we receive an impression in our heart, we can use our mind either to rationalize it away or to accomplish it.  Be careful what you do with an impression from the Lord. — Elder Richard G. Scott, Ensign, November 1989, p. 30