Sunday, April 18, 2010

Lesson: The Holy Ghost

Sunday lesson taught by Margie Clark
Gospel Principles, Lesson 7, The Holy Ghost

 After Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden, they began to till the earth and work at other tasks for their living. They had many children, and their sons and daughters also married and had children. ...our Father did not shut them away from His influence. He sent the Holy Ghost to comfort and help and guide all of His spirit children.

The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead.

He is a “personage of Spirit”. He can be in only one place at a time, but His influence can be everywhere at the same time.

Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are called the Godhead. They are unified in purpose. Each has an important assignment in the plan of salvation.

Our Heavenly Father is our Father and ruler. Jesus Christ is our Savior. The Holy Ghost is the revealer and testifier of all truth.

The Holy Ghost is our Heavenly Father’s messenger and is a special gift to us.

His Mission
The mission of the Holy Ghost is to bear witness of the Father and the Son and of the truth of all things.

The Holy Ghost will witness to us that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer.

He will reveal to us that our Heavenly Father is the Father of our spirits. He will help us understand that we can become exalted like our Heavenly Father.

The prophets of the Lord have promised, “By the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things”.

Recognizing His Influence
Elder Scott:
I am convinced that there is no simple formula or technique that would immediately allow you to master the ability to be guided by the voice of the Spirit.

Our Father expects you to learn how to obtain that divine help by exercising faith in Him and His Holy Son, Jesus Christ.

Were you to receive inspired guidance just for the asking, you would become weak and ever more dependent on Them. They know that essential personal growth will come as you struggle to learn how to be led by the Spirit.
What may appear initially to be a daunting task will be much easier to manage over time as you consistently strive to recognize and follow feelings prompted by the Spirit.
Your confidence in the direction you receive from the Holy Ghost will also become stronger. I witness that as you gain experience and success in being guided by the Spirit, your confidence in the impressions you feel can become more certain than your dependence on what you see or hear.

To Acquire Spiritual Guidance, Ensign, Nov 2009. Read the whole talk!
How has the Holy Ghost guided you in your life? When has He kept you from danger or harm? When has He born witness of the truth? When did He first testify of Jesus Christ to you. Share your stories with us in the comments.

Thanks, Margie, for helping us think about how the Holy Ghost speaks to us and for encouraging us to remember the times when we have felt His influence in our lives.


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