13 And it came to pass when they were all baptized and had come up out of the water, the Holy Ghost did fall upon them, and they were filled with the Holy Ghost and with fire.
14 And behold, they were encircled about as if it were by fire; and it came down from heaven, and the multitude did witness it, and did bear record; and angels did come down out of heaven and did minister unto them.
15 And it came to pass that while the angels were ministering unto the disciples, behold, Jesus came and stood in the midst and ministered unto them.
(3 Nephi 19:13-15)
I’ve been thinking today about the role of preparation in receiving revelation and in drawing close to the Savior.
In the passage above, the people who had gathered in anticipation of the Savior’s return passed through several stages of preparation to be with Him. They heard His words from the day before related by His newly called disciples. They were baptized and received the Holy Ghost. They saw and interacted with angels. Finally, “while the angels were ministering unto [them],” Jesus arrived.
This scene reminds me of the very first chapter in the Book of Mormon, in which Lehi has a series of spiritual experiences. It also reminds me of an experience related by Richard G. Scott, in which revelation received during two Sunday School classes led to a subsequent outpouring of knowledge. In particular, Elder Scott shared that, after each impression was received, he felt prompted to ask, “Is there more I should know?” The impressions continued to come until he received “some of the most precious, specific, personal direction one could hope to obtain in this life.” Elder Scott concluded, “Had I not responded to the first impressions and recorded them, I would not have received the last, most precious guidance” (“To Acquire Spiritual Guidance,” General Conference, October 2009).
Today, I will remember the importance of preparing to receive revelation. I will also remember that spiritual experiences can be cumulative. When I receive an answer to a prayer, rather than accept the answer and move on, I will take the time to ask, “Is there more?”