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TERRIE - Can Grandparents receive inspiration or personal revelation for their Grandchildren?
JOEL - There are situations where one can receive revelation for others. The President of the Church receives revelation for the world and all members of the Church in regards to
matters of doctrine; A Bishop can receive revelation for the members of his congregation to help them with their problems; parents can receive revealtion and inspiration to
help raise and teach their children. But these are situations in which a person has been given leadership authority over a specific group of people and therefore has the
right to receive revelation for them.
President Wilford Woodruff said:
"Every man or woman that has ever entered into the Church of God and been baptized for the remission of sins, has a right to revelation, a right to the Spirit of God, to
assist them in their labors, in their administrations to their children, in counseling their children and those over whom they are called upon to preside." (Wilford Woodruff,
Millennial Star 51:548, June 2, 1889)
President Harold B. Lee said:
"As stake presidents, or whatever call is yours, you have a right to receive, and you are expected to so prepare yourselves to receive [and] be spiritually directed [by],
inspiration. When we talk about prophecy, prophecy in the Church and the kingdom of God is not confined to one man. This is a nation of prophets. Every person who has
the Holy Ghost has a right to prophecy, the gift of prophecy, within the sphere which is designated and outlined by the imposition of hands for each calling for which the
individual is called." (Teachings of Harold B. Lee p. 419)
Normally one person would not receive revelation for another unrelated person over whom they have no authority. Although grandparents might be related and very close to
their grandchildren, it is the parents who have direct authority and responsibility to receive revelation for their own children, unless of course the grandparents have legal
custody and are responsible for raising the children. Grandparents can certainly provide council and love and support for their grandchildren, but not in a way that would
interfere in the parents' responsibilities or authority over their children. If a grandparent claims to have received revelation for their grandchild, the parent of the child can
certainly listen and consider it, but should ponder and pray about it themselves to receive confirmation for themselves about it.