Living as a mortal being can set us up for some pretty uncomfortable and heartbreaking experiences, but God does not leave us to conquer these challenges alone.
Brian Schow, an administrator in the BYU-Idaho support center and the July 26, 2022, BYU-Idaho Devotional speaker, shared how God has given us the tools of scriptural guidance, prayer and personal revelation to help us in times of difficulty and confusion.
For Schow, understanding the principle of personal revelation was something he really struggled with when he first came to BYU-Idaho as a student.
“I spent a lot of time beating myself up over what I couldn’t recognize as revelation. I thought that it should come or happen a certain way,” Schow said.
In an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio, Schow said Elder David A. Bendar’s 2001 devotional address “Line Upon Line, Precept Upon Precept,” given the same day of the September 11 th terrorist attacks, helped change his perspective on how revelation works.
“It opened my eyes to the idea that revelation comes to us in many different ways,” Schow said.
In the past few years, Schow has learned to rely on prayer and revelation as one of his children who has undergone some major health challenges.
“A lot of the challenging circumstance that we face, especially with a health crisis, are just part of being on the earth and having a body,” he said. “So, the benefit of prayer comes in the way of comfort and peace, and a reassurance that the Plan of Salvation is true. It really helps you reflect and see the bigger picture of what’s going on from an eternal perspective.”