Women’s Conference: 5 simple steps to personal revelation

Savannah Hopkinson
Women gather on BYU campus for Women’s Conference May 3 and 4, 2018. (Savannah Hopkinson)

Susanne Rosenbaum, a wife, mother, grandmother and registered nurse, said she sat in the chapel of the temple wondering what to tell her BYU Women’s Conference audience when she glanced down at her hands resting in her lap. “That is when, through the Spirit of the Holy Ghost, I received a simple and sincere way to learn and seek our own personal revelation — though five simple steps, a step per finger.”

The first step she taught was “thumbs up.”

Women are daughters of a loving God who knows and trusts them, she said. As they do their part in earnestly seeking his guidance, he will answer.

According to Rosenbaum, daily scripture study is a key to personal revelation.

“Read the Book of Mormon and you will see how often (God) wants to talk to you,” Rosenbaum said.

The “pointer finger,” the second step, is always pointing up, Rosenbaum said. It is a reminder to maintaining a personal relationship with Heavenly Father.

To preserve this relationship, she suggested constantly being engaged in prayer. She promised as people pray, they will learn to recognize God’s voice, which will ultimately help them learn how God speaks to each of his children.

The third and fourth fingers, though the largest and most dependent on one another, stand as opposite reminders in her example.

The third and most apparent finger is a reminder to how “unmistakable the voice of the spirit can be” and the importance of learning how to recognize it.

The fourth finger follows the thought of never shying away from an opportunity to share testimony, according to Rosenbaum.

She elaborated on how quiet moments sometimes require the most strength and faith — trusting in the voice of the Spirit.

Rosenbaum said the pinky, the smallest finger and final step, is a reminder of the still, small voice that comes through thoughts and feelings.

No matter what lies ahead, the voice of the spirit is unchanging, Rosenbaum said. The still, small voice will always be heard when sought after with real and honest intent.

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