By Devon Linn
The gift of the Holy Ghost is the privilege—given to people who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ, been baptized, and been confirmed as members of the Church—to receive continual guidance and inspiration from the Holy Ghost.
Receive the Holy Ghost!
Elder Bednar recently told us...
These four words—“Receive the Holy Ghost”—are not a passive pronouncement; rather, they constitute a priesthood injunction—an authoritative admonition to act and not simply to be acted upon.We need to (1) sincerely desire to receive the Holy Ghost, (2) appropriately invite the Holy Ghost into our lives, and (3) faithfully obey God’s commandments.
The Holy Ghost does not become operative in our lives merely because hands are placed upon our heads and those four important words are spoken.
As we receive this ordinance, each of us accepts a sacred and ongoing responsibility to desire, to seek, to work, and to so live that we indeed “receive the Holy Ghost” and its attendant spiritual gifts.
“For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift” (D&C 88:33).
One of God's greatest gifts
The gift of the Holy Ghost is one of God’s greatest gifts to us. Through the Holy Ghost we may know that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, and that His Church has been restored to the earth.
We may have the promptings of the Holy Ghost to show us all the things we should do (see 2 Nephi 32:5).
The Holy Ghost sanctifies us to prepare us for God’s presence.
We may enjoy the gifts of the Spirit.
This great gift from our Heavenly Father can also bring peace to our hearts and an understanding of the things of God