Nelson: Ask, Seek, Knock

Modern Prophets Speak, Volume I, No. 26, Nelson

Excerpt from Elder Russel M. Nelson’s October 2009 General Conference Address, “Ask, Seek, Knock.”

Russell M NelsonToday’s technology … allows us to use wireless telephones to exchange information rapidly. …

Even more amazing than modern technology is our opportunity to access information directly from heaven, without hardware, software, or monthly service fees. It is one of the most marvelous gifts the Lord has offered to mortals. It is His generous invitation to “ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”1

This timeless offer to provide personal revelation is extended to all of His children. It almost sounds too good to be true. But it is true! I have received and responded to that heavenly help. And I have learned that I always need to be ready to receive it.

Elder Nelson continues:

To access information from heaven, one must first have a firm faith and a deep desire. One needs to “ask with a sincere heart [and] real intent, having faith in [Jesus] Christ.”2 “Real intent” means that one really intends to follow the divine direction given.

The next requirement is to study the matter diligently. This concept was taught to leaders of this restored Church when they were first learning how to gain personal revelation. The Lord instructed them, “I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.”3

Part of being prepared is to know and obey the relevant teachings of the Lord. Some of His timeless truths are applicable generally, such as the commandments not to steal, not to kill, and not to bear false witness. Other teachings or commandments are also general, such as those regarding the Sabbath, the sacrament, baptism, and confirmation.

Some revelations have been given for unique circumstances, such as Noah’s building of the ark …”

He concludes:

The invitation to ask, seek, and knock for divine direction exists because God lives and Jesus is the living Christ. It exists because this is His living Church.

Russell M. Nelson is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can read his full remarks posted at here, or listen in, or view with windows media player, or via quick time.


  1. I found something really neat on an article this morning on this topic. Ask has A-S-K in it. Each letter: Ask-Seek-Knock. The word ASK ( as a whole ) has all 3 parts in it! To Ask is to ask, to seek, and to knock!
    3 Nephi 14:7-8
    Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
    8. For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.
    For another great article on this topic here’s another goodie!

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