For this week’s entry, I thought I’d share a little bit about what the Savior taught about the Holy Ghost and what one must do to receive it.
- John 14:15-17 | Christ left the comforter, or the Holy Ghost, for us to use. He’s a spirit. We can’t see him.
- John 14:26-27 | The Holy Ghost is sent to us in the name of Christ. It brings peace.
- John 15:26-27 | The Holy Ghost testifies of Christ; and bears witness of the presence of God.
- John 16:7-8 | In the absence of Christ, is the Holy Ghost.
- John 16:13-14 | Guides, glorifies and shows all things.
“The gift of the Holy Ghost adapts itself to all these organs or attributes. It quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges, expands and purifies all the natural passions and affections; and adapts them, by the gift of wisdom, to their lawful use. It inspires, develops, cultivates and matures all the fine-toned sympathies, joys, tastes, kindred feelings and affections of our nature. It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness and charity. It develops beauty of person, form and features. It tends to health, vigor, animation and social feeling. It invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man. It strengthens, and gives tone to the nerves. In short, it is, as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to the eyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole being (N.T. Institute Manual p. 168)”
I’ve thought about how the Holy Ghost had influenced people throughout time. Specifically, some of those who it influenced the most. Christ called and set apart apostles to serve in his behalf. I can’t fathom the spiritual help that must have come to those that ministered in the literal presence of Christ. After his death and resurrection, I think it must have been difficult, at best, to go on with teaching without the luxury of having the Savior right there. The apostles had to rely on the Holy Ghost in ways they likely never thought possible. It was an absolute necessity for them.
Individually we all can and should listen to the Holy Spirit’s influence. I can think of several instances in my life where I feel like had I not listened to and been worthy of the companionship of the spirit, I may not be here today.
Shortly before I left for the mission field in 2004, I was traveling with some friends of mine along a narrow windy road in Swan Valley, Idaho. A moment before I went around a blind corner, I had the distinct impression to slow down, as I was traveling rather fast. I applied the brakes, and as I rounded the corner I came upon an accident where a man towing a trailer had partially driven off the side of the road. Thankfully no one was injured; however had I not heeded the spiritual directive given to me by the Holy Ghost, many people would have been hurt- myself included. The spirit is real. It’s promptings are real. Listen. Listen. Listen.