21 Principles (Hardcover)

Divine Truths to Help You Live By the Spirit

by Richard G. Scott


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“As you seek spiritual knowledge, search for principles,” counsels Elder Richard G. Scott. “Principles are concentrated truth, packaged for application to a wide variety of circumstances.”

In this exciting book, Elder Scott offers 21 principles distilled from his life experiences. These “concentrated truths” will help you understand more fully how to be guided by the Spirit. Elder Scott's brief explanations open the way for your own discovery and exploration.

“I bear witness that Jesus Christ knows you personally,” Elder Scott writes. “He will provide answers to every difficult problem in your life as you trust Him and do all you can to understand and apply His doctrine and strive to live by the Spirit.” 21 Principles will be a valuable tool in that quest.

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  • Size:  6" x 8"
  • Pages:  112
  • Year Published:  2013

About the Author

Elder Richard G. Scott, was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in October 1988. He had served in the First Quorum of the Seventy since 1977 and was a member of the presidency of that quorum for five years. He holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and completed post-graduate work in nuclear engineering. Prior to his call as a General Authority, he worked on the staff of Admiral Hyman Rickover developing military and private nuclear power reactors. Elder Scott and his wife, Jeanene Watkins Scott (deceased), are the parents of seven children.

Principle 1

Communication with our Father in Heaven is not a trivial matter. It is a sacred privilege. It is based upon eternal, unchanging principles. We receive help from our Father in Heaven in response to our faith, obedience, and the proper use of agency.

One of the great lessons that each of us needs to learn is to ask. Why does the Lord want us to pray to Him and to ask? Because that is how revelation is received.

When I am faced with a very difficult matter, this is how I try to understand what to do. I fast. I pray to find and understand scriptures that will be helpful. That process is cyclical. I start reading a passage of scripture; I ponder what the verse means and pray for inspiration. I then ponder and pray to know if I have captured all the Lord wants me to do. Often more impressions come with increased understanding of doctrine. I have found that pattern to be a good way to learn from the scriptures.

There are some practical principles that enhance revelation. First, yielding to emotions such as anger or hurt or defensiveness will drive away the Holy Ghost. Those emotions must be overcome, or our chance for receiving revelation is slight.

Another principle is to be cautious with humor. Loud, inappropriate laughter will offend the Spirit. A good sense of humor helps revelation; loud laughter does not. A sense of humor is an escape valve for the pressures of life.

Another enemy to revelation comes from exaggeration or loudness in what is stated. Careful, quiet speech will favor the receipt of revelation.

On the other side of the equation, spiritual communication can be enhanced by good health practices. Exercise, reasonable amounts of sleep, and good eating habits increase our capacity to receive and understand revelation. We will live for our appointed life span. However, we can improve both the quality of our service and our well-being by making careful, appropriate choices.

For spirituality to grow stronger and more available, it must be planted in a righteous environment. It is important that our daily activities do not distract us from listening to the Spirit. Haughtiness, pride, and conceit are like stony ground that will never produce spiritual fruit.

Humility is a fertile soil where spirituality grows and produces the fruit of inspiration to know what to do. It gives access to divine power to accomplish what must be done. An individual motivated by a desire for praise or recognition will not qualify to be taught by the Spirit. An individual who is arrogant or who lets his or her emotions influence decisions will not be powerfully led by the Spirit.

The Lord has declared: “And ye are to be taught from on high. Sanctify yourselves and ye shall be endowed with power, that ye may give even as I have spoken” (Doctrine and Covenants 43:16). The words sanctify yourselves may appear puzzling. President Harold B. Lee once explained that you can replace those words with the phrase “keep my commandments” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee 2000, 34). Read that way, the counsel may seem clearer.

One must be ever mentally and physically clean and have purity of intent so that the Lord can inspire. One who is obedient to His commandments is trusted of the Lord. That individual has access to His inspiration to know what to do and, as needed, the divine power to do it.

Detailed direction comes when we readily respond to the initial promptings of the Spirit. At times such spiritual guidance can indicate or imply events that will occur later in life. Our acceptance of such promptings and our willingness to obey do not mean that the will of the Lord will be changed. They do mean that the impact on our life will be different. There will be far more significant consequence because of our willingness to obey the counsel given by such sacred guidance of the Holy Spirit.

When we are acting as instruments in behalf of others, we are more easily inspired than when we think only of ourselves. In the process of helping others, the Lord can piggyback directions for our own benefit.

Our Heavenly Father did not put us on earth to fail but to succeed gloriously. It may seem paradoxical, but that is why recognizing answers to prayer can sometimes be very difficult. Sometimes we unwisely try to face life by depending on our own experience and capacity. It is much wiser for us to seek through prayer and divine inspiration to know what to do. Our obedience assures that, when required, we can qualify for divine power to accomplish an inspired objective.

positive and simple principles to make great changes

by  Jennifer  -   reviewed on  April 17, 2013

I enjoyed reading this book because it was very positive and had simple principles that I can easily apply in my life. Elder Scott uses some of the stories he has used in various General Conferences, and some new ones. It is helpful to have his personal insight of how to apply these principles. It can be a "quick read", but is also one that allows you to read a chapter at a time to think and ponder what is being taught and how to apply it. These are not new ideas, but very needed and simple to make "great" changes in ones life. I especially enjoyed reading the chapters about the roles of men, and the roles women.

Wonderful Read!

by  Anne  -   reviewed on  March 22, 2013

This is a perfect companion to Elder Scott's other book, "Finding Peace, Happiness, and Joy. We are taught how enlightening life can be if we live obediently. Thus, allowing us a life full of the Spirit and a life blessed with the blessings we are promised. A wonderful read!

Inspirational and motivational!

by  Stephanie  -   reviewed on  May 24, 2013

As we seek for spiritual knowledge and growth we are searching for principles to guide us along our way. Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles calls these principles "concentrated truth, packaged for application to a wide variety of circumstances. A true principle makes decisions clear even under the most confusing and challenging circumstances." Elder Scott has put forth tremendous effort to gather all of the principles he has learned and provide them for our personal study... He continues, "Principles are anchors of safety...They will help you have confidence in new and unfamiliar circumstances. They will provide you protection in life's storms of adversity." We can reach worthy goals and objectives when we stick closely to correct principles and this book can provide a starting point in your personal scripture study! There are, obviously, 21 Principles of study each with scriptural truth, historical background, personal stories, and how to follow this principle in todays world. One of the best parts? Each chapter ends with a real awesome "you can do this" pep talk! Not to be missed: The Conclusion. It is Elder Scott's testimony - don't skip this part! It is humbling and motivating. This was a great read!

Every single sentence has something to teach.

by  Sierra  -   reviewed on  April 08, 2013

I HIGHLY recommend this book. I read it straight through cover to cover, but it definitely warrants more careful and deliberate study. Every single sentence has something to teach. I think this is an invaluable tool for learning how the Spirit speaks to us individually and suggestions on being more receptive and aware of the promptings we receive to guide and direct our choices and life.

What an inspirational book!!!

by  Coralie  -   reviewed on  April 11, 2013

Elder Scott helps you to see things through and through..so many insights to one thought, and he gives so many! It helps a person to actually understand our choices On a whole new level. Full of great thoughts to incorporate into our daily lives. Truly "rich" and thought provoking. Well worth rereading again and again.

Power Packed with Truth

by  Heather  -   reviewed on  May 22, 2013

Richard G. Scott shares the most important truths he was learned in life in his newest title 21 Truths. each chapter outlines a principle to ponder and adopt. As an artist who often feels the pull of being creative juxtaposed with trying the same things over and over again, I truly appreciated Principle 3 "Repeatedly I have been impressed to learn that to reach a goal never before attained, one must do things never before done." Elder Scott talks about how on a visit to a close friend he was fascinated with his ability to create beauty using brushes, watercolor and paint, and had the impression "Try it." He did just that, and the cover of his book is a print of one of his watercolor paintings. When I noticed the signature on the dust jacket I felt uplifted and encouraged to go out on a limb. This book is power packed with sound advice and the way to apply it in our lives. If applies with prayer and perseverance these principles will set your life on the right course. I would recommend it for a Father's Day gift!


by  Shauna  -   reviewed on  May 01, 2013

This book is so POWERFUL! Elder Scott teaches: "As you seek spiritual knowledge, search for principles. Principles are concentrated truth, packaged for application to a wide variety of circumstances." Here are a few of the principles taught in the book: Access personal revelation Act upon that revelation Accept God's will Understand that adversity is a necessary part of life Hold true to correct principle Value the sanctity of womanhood Personal stories help illustrate each principle... My favorite is the story of where Elder Scott took 100 little circles and wrote a message one word at a time to his wife. Then he scooped them up and put them in an envelope hoping to get a laugh from his wife. After his wife passed away Elder Scott found these little circles carefully pasted onto a page where the message could be enjoyed over and over again. You can just feel the love Elder Scott has for his wife. Each principle if studies and applied will bring you greater happiness. Elder Scott ends with this powerful testimony: "I testify that as you are prayerful and seek the guidance of the Spirit, you can identify over a period of time important things the Lord wants you to accomplish....There may be some challenging growth experiences and some sadness, but your life will be crowned with success and joy." A truly wonderful book!


by  Loretta   -   reviewed on  April 09, 2013

I read this book through the course of several days and was inspired by all the messages. A reviewer before me expressed a feeling I had throughout the book: every sentence is full of inspiration and help to all who are seeking to live a life directed by the Spirit. I plan to read it again and ponder each of the principles set forth by this wonderful apostle who lives as he writes.

Excellent Insight on finding your path in life.

by  Jess  -   reviewed on  April 05, 2013

I just finished reading this and all I can say is--Talk about a wonderful collection of some of the most powerful lessons ever shared by Elder Scott. This book is very timely in that he addresses a question many face, "How can I make the right decisions for myself and live a full life?" 21 principles helps you find ways to discover the answers for yourself. Using wonderful examples from his own life, Elder Scott brings wonderful guidance that is applicable to anyone's circumstance. You have a divine path. If you exercise your agency by choosing to include the Spirit in your life using the principles taught in this book, I promise that you'll feel added power to do what is right and you will find the answers that you are seeking after.

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