23 And now, he imparteth his word by angels unto men, yea, not only men but women also. Now this is not all; little children do have words given unto them many times, which confound the wise and the learned.
Men, women, and children can receive revelation from God. Therefore, in our family councils, we need to make sure that every voice is heard. It is true that parents have the ultimate responsibility to make decisions on behalf of their families, but that does not mean that all of the good ideas will come directly to them. In a ward, the bishop doesn’t hold all of the spiritual gifts. Instead, he is given the ability to discern the spiritual gifts held by the members (D&C 46:27
). In the same way, parents may receive revelation by recognizing an inspired idea spoken by one of their children.
When we think of angels, we usually think of visions. But Dallin H. Oaks clarified that angels can, and often do, minister to us in unseen ways:
Angelic messages can be delivered by a voice or merely by thoughts or feelings communicated to the mind. President John Taylor described “the action of the angels, or messengers of God, upon our minds, so that the heart can conceive … revelations from the eternal world….” Most angelic communications are felt or heard rather than seen (“The Aaronic Priesthood and the Sacrament,” General Conference, October 1998).
Today, as I interact with the members of my family, I will listen for the voice of angels. I will remember that there is no minimum age for revelation. I will seek to recognize inspired words spoken by others, particularly by my children.