Have you ever watched a video, read a book, or listened to a presentation and immediately wanted to do it again? Besides the scriptures, there are very few books I’ve read back to back. In fact I can only think of one right now which is the classic work “How to Win Friends, and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. I listened to it on Audible a couple years ago and it was so great I did it again right after.
How about other talks and presentations? Even if it isn’t one you listen to immediately after finishing it the first time, a great talk will stick with you, not just for the content, but for the stories. We all have stories. It’s the way we transmit human knowledge. A great story shares something touching, humorous, urgent, or captivating, while at the same time conveys meaning that brings peace and comfort to our souls. It might motivate us to act, or remind us of the need for stillness.
The below talk by Loren Dalton is one of these talks. It’s a classic. Brother Dalton spoke at the LDS Business College for a May 2019 devotional on the subject of receiving revelation. He’s served as a mission president as you can hear in the talk. This is a talk I’ve listened to more than once and expect to listen to it at least a couple more times as reminders to me to act on first promptings. He has both great stories and great content. It’s so good I wanted to share it here with a technique on how to treat talks like this when you come across them.
Do you take notes when you listen to a talk? I love to grab the program at church each Sunday and jot little notes on it as things come up at church. Then I come home and transfer thoughts from church into my Scripture Notes database as appropriate. Sometimes I jot down new things for me to study, sometimes a quote to look up, sometimes things to act on.
With this talk, I jotted down the scriptures he used and the quotes shared in the talk. I’ve typed them all up below so you can copy/paste the whole list along with a link to the talk in your own Collection Note, and then associate the verses he referenced to the note as well. I have a picture of this below if you aren’t sure what it should look like when you’re done.
I named the Collection Note the same thing as the YouTube video, “Loren Dalton: You ARE Receiving Revelation!…Now ACT on it!!” Then I gave it tags of “Revelation, Inspiration, Promptings” and added the verses he referenced in the verse area of the Collection Note. I also gave it categories of audio/video/image, and Inspiring/Related story.
Loren Dalton: You ARE Receiving Revelation, Now Act on it!! (LDS Business College Speech)
Message: Follow the first prompting and have no fear.
“The Holy Ghost is a Revelator. No man can receive the Holy Ghost without receiving revelations.” – Joseph Smith
Alma 37:6, “…by small and simple things are great things brought to pass.”
“A positive thought to say something or do something is a prompting from God until proven otherwise. Just act on it!!” – President Joe Johnson, Sparks, Nevada Stake President
D&C 6:15, “and I did enlighten thy mind; and now I tell thee these things that thou mayest know that thou hast been enlightened by the Spirit of truth.”
D&C 6:23, “Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?”
D&C 8:2-3, “Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart. Now, behold, this is the spirit of revelation…”
D&C 11:13, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy.”
“The privilege of receiving revelation is one of the great gifts of God to His children.” – President Russell M. Nelson, April 2018 GC
“Write the thoughts that come to your mind. Record your feelings and follow through with actions that you are prompted to take.” – President Russell M. Nelson, April 2018 GC
“As you repeat this process day after day, month after month, year after year, you will grow into the principle of revelation.” – President Russell M. Nelson, April 2018 GC
“The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that if you will listen to the first promptings, you will get it right nine times out of ten.” – Elder Ronald A. Rasband, April 2017 GC
4 Important Things to Remember about the Promptings of the Adversary
“We must be confident in our first promptings. Sometimes we rationalize; we wonder if we are feeling a spiritual impression or if it is just our own thoughts. When we begin to second-guess, even third-guess, our feelings—and we all have—we are dismissing the Spirit; we are questioning divine counsel.” – Elder Ronald A. Rasband, April 2017 GC
“First promptings are pure inspiration from heaven. When they confirm or testify to us, we need to recognize them for what they are and never let them slip past. So often, it is the Spirit inspiring us to reach out to someone in need, family and friends in particular.” – Elder Ronald A. Rasband, April 2017 GC
“God does notice us and He watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs.” – President Spencer W. Kimball
I hope you watched that talk. It’s fantastic, right?
Now what else can you do with a talk like this?
This is what the Collection Note looks like when I set it up.
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