I know a man from whom I heard the following firsthand - at the time it occurred:
When he was called as Bishop, he was overwhelmed by the idea of that calling - especially since he had not been attending his own ward regularly for some time and didn't know lots of the members very well. One night, before he was sustained and before he attended any type of administrative meetings, he had a vision/dream in which a former leader of the ward came to him and told him lots of things that would help in his calling - especially about specific individuals.
I was in attendance when this man was presented to the ward and sustained. One of his counselors spoke briefly (a man who had been in ward leadership positions for a few years) and mentioned that he knew the new Bishop was inspired because in their first meeting together the new Bishop had shared his experience with him (including some of the information he had been told in his vision). The counselor said that he was astonished at how insightful and accurate the information was - including things that he recognized as true but had never stopped and considered or realized until that moment.
Spiritual gifts are among us still, but we talk about them FAR less openly than in the past.
chroniclesofwyler: August 21
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