The 7 Voices of the Lord
This will be a relatively short blog post, especially in comparison to Friday’s 🙂 My Book of Mormon teacher usually just talks about whatever is on his mind, and because he knows A LOT, whatever he shares is usually very, very interesting.
A couple weeks ago he discussed something called the “7 Voices of the Lord” and how the Lord has spoken to His children from ancient days to modern.
1. THE FATHER
The first voice is the Father, or Heavenly Father. He is the primary voice, the director of this great Plan of Salvation. His voice is only heard a few times in the scriptures, however: Matthew 3:17 and 2 Nephi 31:11 to name a couple. He has called other mouthpieces to direct His work, and those will be highlighted in a moment.
2. THE SON
Of course Jesus Christ is more often than not God’s voice. Christ’s voice echoes throughout the scriptures from Genesis to the Doctrine and Covenants.
3. THE HOLY GHOST
Perhaps among the most subtle of voices, the Holy Ghost was called and commissioned to be our guide and comforter from the foundations of the world (John 14:26; D&C 130:20-23). As a gift, people may speak by the power of the Holy Ghost, therefore assisting in the carrying forth of truth into the heart of the hearer (Bible Dictionary: “Holy Ghost”; 2 Nephi 33:1)
- 1 Nephi 22:2 is another great reference!
4. THE SCRIPTURES
D&C 68:4, Romans 9:17. The voice of the scriptures is essentially the Lord’s voice, but it is so valuable because it is recorded! None of the above mentioned voices would mean anything to us if it wasn’t properly documented. One scripture in particular that describes the sacred power of scripture comes from D&C 18:34-36
5. THE PROPHETS
The Lord’s mouthpieces from the beginning of time to the present day, there will never be a moment in history (except for periods of general apostasy) where the God does not speak through his servants the prophets (Amos 3:7). They are the literal voice of the Lord today. How cool is that?! (see also D&C 138, the whole section)
I already have a study on angels all set up, so I won’t spend too much time discussing this sixth voice of the Lord. But angels are of course among the most special of voices, and perhaps the least recorded. Nephi talks a great deal about angels’ voices in 2 Nephi 32.
7. ALL CREATION
And, to sum it all up, all creation bears the voice of God. Alma was pretty fluent in that idea as he used this argument to completely dumbfound the anti-Christ Korihor! (Alma 30:44) Also, it is interesting to note that the seventh voice of creation is the loudest. Take 3 Nephi 8 and D&C 1:4 for example!
The Lord speaks in many ways, but at times it is necessary to speak rather bluntly and in a way that all will listen. Of course, we won’t have to suffer through the voice of a flood as in Noah’s day ever again, but it is interesting how He uses all the other approaches He knows how before resorting to the “loud voice.”
So what are your thoughts? Any other scriptures you’d like to add to these lists? Please share!!