Personal Revelation is for YOU!

As a seminary teacher, I spend my mornings with teenagers who are on the cusp of the most important decisions of their lives. Seniors in high school who, as we near the end of this school year, are facing the biggest transition they will ever make. Deciding what to do immediately after your childhood sets you up for many other decisions in your life. Whom you marry may be determined by where you go to school or a mission. What you do for your career will be decided by your college or trade school choice. It can be daunting.


Fortunately, it doesn’t need to be frightening. One of my seminary students always planned to go to BYU-I. My daughter persuaded her to click the box for BYU Provo when she filled out her application. When she was accepted to both, she had a big decision on her hands. She didn’t know what to do. Bailey prayed and fasted as she was truly torn. In the end, she decided on Idaho. I think she was a little embarrassed to tell us because she worried that we would be disappointed. But the truth is, it was her decision. And, as such, we honored it and congratulated her. Be brave in doing something that seems to go against the grain. Own your decision and have the courage to go where God has guided you.


Another of my students has struggled to decide what his next step should be. He has been unable to choose between a year of college first or a mission. He has over thought it and stewed for months. This weekend, our stake had youth conference at a beautiful camp in the hill country of Texas. One activity seemed very odd and many of us couldn’t really figure out what the point of it was. The kids were blindfolded and then another group of kids made loud noise while one just simply rang a bell. The kids didn’t know what to do. Some followed the faint sound of the bell. Some stood paralyzed while others tried to walk away from all the noise. Afterward, a leader told the kids that sometimes, you just have to make a choice and go with it. Don’t sit around and wait; just do. Jason shared with us later that while he still was unsure as to what the point of the activity had been (Follow the Holy Ghost? Don’t listen to the world’s noise?), it didn’t matter, because it was the leader’s simple message that pierced his heart. He knew right when she said it, that he was going to go on a mission now. He made the decision and then he knew it was right.


Sometimes, we over-think revelation. Because it has such a big effect on the rest of our lives, we can stand paralyzed not knowing what to do. But God will speak to you. It may take thinking outside the box. It may take a couple of weeks of prayer. Or it may just be one simple statement from someone at a time when everything else doesn’t even make sense. But God can talk to you individually. If you are open to Him, He will find a way for you to hear.


Have you had to make a big decision? How did you know what path to take?

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Rochelle likes teenagers a LOT. She teaches a class of 25 of them every morning in seminary. And she lives with 4 of them. She loves her husband. She's a happy person. The End.

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  • Beth Cheatham
    March 18, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    I recently had to decide between going to Girls Camp or a big music festival/competition the same week. For months, I planned on going to this competition. I’ve been to Girls Camp four times before, and the competition seemed like an amazing opportunity. But, I was never able to make a final decision between the two. One thing I have learned is that when I have a difficult time deciding to do something, it’s almost always because I’m leaning towards the wrong choice. After fasting and prayer, I went to a YCL meeting and felt like I should go to camp, but later in the week I changed my mind again. After more fasting, prayer, going to the temple, and softening my heart, I knew that I was supposed to go to Girls Camp this year. Though it has been so difficult for me to give up this musical opportunity, I know that it is the right decision. I think I knew all along, but I only received confirmation after I made the right decision. I am so grateful for Heavenly Father’s direction and guidance, and to know that He is leading me. I’m not sure if I need to go to Girls Camp for myself or for others, (or for both), but I am grateful to know that’s where Heavenly Father wants me to be

    • Rochelle Tallmadge
      March 18, 2018 at 6:56 pm

      Thank you for sharing!! I think it’s so great that you acknowledge that you may not know why. Is it for you? Is it for someone else? The important thing is that God knows. I’m so proud of you for choosing the hard thing and sticking with it!!