God’s ways are not our ways. Revelation is intended to invite all to make our ways God’s ways. When revelation is received through the mind and will of God, and not through our own expectations, it will always be a Surprise!
God’s ways aren’t our ways, but we tend to prescribe how God ought to answer our prayers. Mortals like writing prescriptions for revelations, failing to recognize that our prescriptions come from our experiences, when revelations comes from “God’s experiences”. We ought to prefer to receive God’s revelation, from God’s experiences, so that our current condition can provide us a God-experience. It is our accumulation of God’s revelations, providing us with God-experiences, that produce in us God’s mind and will, making us precisely what He is. Thus, revelation builds upon revelation, bridging the gap between who we are, and who God is, producing out of us, Gods and Goddesses.
When revelation is given, and received, through the mind and will of God, and NOT through man’s prescription, what is produced in the end will always be a Surprise! The brother of Jared prayed for stones to be touched, providing light for the journey. What God had in store for him, however, was far more. It was to be redeemed from the fall, and brought back into the presence of God in the flesh. The reaction of the brother of Jared, falling to the ground, astonished at seeing the finger of God, is a perfect example of the Surprise! When Nephi was being beaten, it was a Surprise when the angel showed up. All Nephi was doing was trusting in God’s mind and will. Nephi was further Surprised, when the man that judged him falsely, and stole his stuff, fell into his hands, drunken and helpless. Alma and Mosiah prayed for their sons, Alma the younger and the son’s of Mosiah. Although Alma and Mosiah trusted in God, it was a total Surprise when their son’s were struck down, having seen an angel. So, if God’s ways aren’t our ways, and when He moves in our lives it will always be a Surprise, then why would we ever limit our interaction through a prescribed answer, based on fleshy/mortal expectations?
It will be a long time after you pass through the veil before you know of the things of the heavens, it is true. But no one said that passing through the veil required your death. Nephi wrote his two records forty years after having passed through the veil, and having contemplated that experience. Many have gone through the temple, not taking the time to consider what it all means, and if there is more to be had, on the other side of the veil, once you have been there. The ordinance has been reduced by men’s prescription of God’s ways, to only represent a promise for the after life. That was never the intention. If you read the scriptures, it’s clear that what was being offered was a ritual ordinance of a lesser portion. Those who would receive the mind and will of it, would be given further light and knowledge, once they had passed beyond the veil. Our greatest condemnation is tied to our prescribing revelation, rather than receiving more of the mind and will of God.
Conclusion: My recommendation of what to do instead is to first, receive a revelation. Next, ponder the revelation, asking the question, “What is the mind and will of God concerning the matter?” Then, act upon that revelation, as far as the revelation was given. No less, AND NO MORE! Once you have done what you understand, stop, and seek for more revelation, before moving forward. Using this method, God will Surprise you, giving you far more than you bargained for, revelations upon revelations, bringing you back into His presence.