28 And behold, I, Nephi, am forbidden that I should write the remainder of the things which I saw and heard; wherefore the things which I have written sufficeth me; and I have written but a small part of the things which I saw.
29 And I bear record that I saw the things which my father saw, and the angel of the Lord did make them known unto me.
30 And now I make an end of speaking concerning the things which I saw while I was carried away in the Spirit; and if all the things which I saw are not written, the things which I have written are true. And thus it is. Amen.
(1 Nephi 14:28-30)
Nephi wanted to share the things which he learned in his vision, but he was limited. The angel specifically instructed him not to share some of the things which he saw, and Nephi was obedient. He thus demonstrated to the Lord that he could be trusted with sacred things.
As Elder D. Todd Christofferson has taught, part of treating spiritual knowledge with reverence is choosing wisely how, when, and with whom we share it:
As holiness grows within and you are entrusted with greater knowledge and understanding…you must treat these things with care. We read earlier the scripture affirming that that which comes from above is sacred and must be spoken with care and by constraint of the Spirit [D&C 63:64]. The Lord also commanded, rather bluntly, that we must not cast pearls before swine or give that which is holy to dogs (see 3 Nephi 14:6; D&C 41:6), meaning sacred things should not be disclosed or discussed with those who are not prepared to appreciate their value and who may even attack rather than appreciate them.
Be wise with what the Lord gives you. It is a trust. You would not, for example, indiscriminately share the content of your patriarchal blessing (“A Sense of the Sacred,” BYU Speeches, 7 Nov 2004).
Boyd K. Packer gave the following counsel:
I have come to believe also that it is not wise to continually talk of unusual spiritual experiences. They are to be guarded with care and shared only when the Spirit itself prompts you to use them to the blessing of others. I am ever mindful of Alma’s words:
“It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart only according to the portion of his word which he doth grant unto the children of men, according to the heed and diligence which they give unto him.” (Alma 12:9.)
I heard President Marion G. Romney once counsel mission presidents and their wives in Geneva, “I do not tell all I know; I have never told my wife all I know, for I found out that if I talked too lightly of sacred things, thereafter the Lord would not trust me.”
We are, I believe, to keep these things and ponder them in our hearts, as Luke said Mary did of the supernal events that surrounded the birth of Jesus. (See Luke 2:19.)
(“The Candle of the Lord,” Ensign, January 1983).
I’m grateful for the example of Nephi and for the counsel of Elder Christofferson and Elder Packer. Today, I will remember the importance of being careful with the sacred things the Lord has entrusted to me. I will share with others the true principles which will bless their lives as directed by the Spirit, but I will treat sacred experiences with care and will not trivialize them by sharing them inappropriately.