A Small Voice Which Pierced to the Center

K. Douglas Bassett

Hel. 5:30-31; D&C 85:6; 1 Kings 19:12; Kisses at the Window, Bassett, pp. 73-77; Spiritual Roots of Human Relations, Covey, pp. 161-163; Conference Report, Apr. 1929, pp. 129-130; refer in this text to Hel. 5:30-31, 46

“The still small voice is so quiet you won’t hear it when you’re noisy inside.” (Henry B. Eyring, BYU Devotional, Oct. 29, 1989)
“Now, I testify it is a small voice. It whispers, not shouts. And so you must be very quiet inside. That is why you may wisely fast when you want to listen. And that is why you will listen best when you feel, ‘Father, thy will, not mine, be done.’ You will have a feeling of ‘I want what you want.’ Then, the still small voice will seem as if it pierces you. It may make your bones to quake. More often it will make your heart burn within which will lift and reassure.” (Henry B. Eyring, Ensign, May 1991, p. 67)
“Dramatic and miraculous answers to prayer may come, but they are the exceptions. Even at the highest levels of responsibility in this kingdom of God which is being built up upon the earth, the voice is still small… . My testimony is that the Lord is speaking to you! But with the deafening decibels of today’s environment, all too often we fail to hear him… . I was interested in someone’s observation: ‘With TV and radio and tapes, what young person has time to listen… ?’ Listening is a challenge for us all today.” (Graham W. Doxey, Conference Report, Oct. 1991, p. 33)
“The burning bushes, the smoking mountains, … the Cumorahs, and the Kirtlands were realities; but they were the exceptions. The great volume of revelation came to Moses and to Joseph and comes to today’s prophet in the less spectacular way—that of deep impressions, without spectacle or glamour or dramatic events. Always expecting the spectacular, many will miss entirely the constant flow of revealed communication.” (Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report, Munich Germany Area Conference 1973, p. 77)
“The Spirit does not get our attention by shouting or shaking us with a heavy hand. Rather it whispers. It caresses so gently that if we are preoccupied we may not feel it at all. (No wonder that the Word of Wisdom was revealed to us, for how could the drunkard or the addict feel such a voice?) Occasionally it will press just firmly enough for us to pay heed. But most of the time, if we do not heed the gentle feeling, the Spirit will withdraw and wait until we come seeking and listening… .” (Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, Jan. 1983, p. 53)

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