The Scriptures Also Inspire Questions
The scriptures can lead to questions that inspire growth and revelation. So sometimes, as we pray for guidance, we can find answers to our questions in the scriptures. And actually, it can work in the reverse, as well. Sometimes, as we read the scriptures, we can find questions that require revelation for the answers. Just as Joseph Smith said that we never receive a revelation for which the answer already exists in the scriptures, he also said that we never receive a revelation without asking a question first. As Joseph Smith was translating the Book of Mormon, question after question came up which brought to pass revelations on how to set up the church. The last book in the Book of Mormon, the Book of Moroni, is more or less a Priesthood handbook. So what question presented itself to Joseph Smith when he read through these first six chapters of Ether? Chapter 5 is written directly to Joseph Smith. Let’s read the entire thing.