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David Ransom: “But more than that, because you’re leader of the Church. Do you have a special connection?”

Gordon B. Hinckley: “I have a special relationship in terms of the Church as an institution.  Yes.”

DR: “And you receive…”

GBH: “For the entire Church.”

DR: “You receive?”

GBH: “Now we don’t need a lot of continuing revelation. We have a great, basic reservoir of revelation. But if a problem arises, as it does occasionally, a vexatious thing with which we have to deal, we go to the Lord in prayer. We discuss it as a First Presidency and as a Council of the Twelve Apostles. We pray about it and then comes the whisperings of a still small voice. And we know the direction we should take and we proceed accordingly.”

DR: “And this is a revelation?”

GBH: “This is a revelation.”

DR: “How often have you received such revelations?”

GBH: “Oh, I don’t know. I feel satisfied that in some circumstances we’ve had such revelation. It’s a very sacred thing that we don’t like to talk about a lot. A very sacred thing.”

~Compass Interview with LDS Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, aired 9 November 1997~