Joseph Smith said, “Salvation cannot come without revelation.” Just as we cannot survive physically without food, we cannot hope to survive spiritually without revelation. But what does revelation have to do with the Olive Garden? Here are some insights from a recent visit of mine.
As many of you might know, Olive Garden gives you tasty, warm breadsticks with your meal. What’s even better, though, is that they are bottomless.
Much like the breadsticks at Olive Garden, our chances to receive revelation and guidance from our Heavenly Father are likewise “bottomless”. The promise, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you,” is one of the most oft repeated promises in all scripture.
The Savior himself said,
“…For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened… If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:7-11)
Truly, our revelatory breadsticks are bottomless.
While we were waiting to order, we heard our waitress talking to another couple that she’d seated earlier. They were telling her what a wonderful job she was doing at pronouncing the names of all the Italian dishes. She told them that the restaurant required all the waiters and waitresses to train in preparation for their jobs.
Receiving revelation from our Heavenly Father is similar in that it is also learned. We won’t be having theophanies overnight. Instead, it will take sacrifice on our part. We have to be willing to pay the price to become familiar with the language of the Spirit.
A Sunday School class discussing the hazards of crossing the Great Plains in winter in the pioneer days, like the Martin and Willie handcart companies had. The discussion led some to criticize the members of those companies and the decisions they’d made. One man in the class had been in those companies. He acknowledged the truth in the criticisms, but told them that those present in the companies “came away with a sure knowledge that God lives, for we became acquainted with him through our extremities…. It was a privilege to pay that price.”
While we likely won’t be required to give the same sacrifice that the handcart pioneers gave, coming to gain personal revelation is something that will require a price from all of us. It may be that we have to stay clean and worthy to receive revelation. It may be that we have to work to learn different gospel principles before a gospel concern is answered. It may be that we are required to have real intent to follow a revelation before we are trusted with an answer. Whatever price we have to give to come to know God, to “learn the language,” it will indeed be a privilege to pay.
Continuing the Series
- Part 1 – Breadsticks and Waiting Training
- Part 2 – Dietary Needs and Rushing or Overeating
- Part 3 – Food Poisoning and The Food Pyramid