Using scriptures directed at others

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In D&C 32, we find a revelation given to Parley P. Pratt, Oliver Cowdery, Peter Whitmer, and Ziba Peterson. They were all called on a mission in the revelation. The following is one of the things outlined in the revelation:

>And they shall give heed to that which is written, and pretend to no other revelation; and they shall pray always that I may unfold the same to their understanding.

After reading it, I was left wondering something. This revelation seems to be specifically directed at the four men. Can anyone else use this scripture to support the idea that any of us can receive greater understanding if we pray always?

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  1. “Can anyone else use this scripture to support the idea that any of us can receive greater understanding if we pray always?”

    Yes, because God is not a respecter of persons. He may have different specific purposes, callings and assignment for different people, but the overall “rules” (or “laws irrevocably decreed in Heaven) apply to all.

    I believe we are on solid ground in asking Heavenly Father to deal with us as he has dealt with others, and always add the caveat: if it be his will.

    Nephi was a good example of this. He believed God was capable of giving him the visions that God gave his father. He believed that God was capable of doing miracles in order to carry out his assignment of getting the plates, because God did miracles for Moses to complete his assignment.

    I don’t think we should demand things of Heavenly Father just because He gave them to others. But if we are willing to do what it takes, and obey and comply with Heavenly Father’s will as previous recipients have, then I think it within reason to ask to also receive those things, always adding “if it be thy will.”

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