Religion

The Gift of the Holy Ghost

As an assignment for my religion class at BYU-Idaho, Teachings of the Book of Mormon, I am required to put together a little assignment to show what I have learned recently. This time I chose the format of a blog post so I can share with others what I know to be true.

In class recently, we talked about the Holy Ghost as taught in the Book of Mormon. In our reading, we discovered many roles that the Holy Ghost plays in our lives. Here are some examples:

  • constant companion
  • comforter
  • protector
  • gatekeeper
  • testator
  • reminder
  • warner
  • purifier
  • giver of gifts
  • messenger

This is not a complete list, nor could a complete list of all the roles of the comforter ever be completed. The role of Holy Ghost in our lives can vary from person to person depending on their needs. For example, in a time of grief or sorrow, we can seek the presence of the Holy Ghost to comfort us and stay with us while we heal. Through the Holy Ghosts we can receive gifts for certain times in our lives, particular callings, or even lifetime gifts that are laid out in our patriarchal blessings.

One of the most important roles of the Holy Ghost in these troubling times is a guide to help us on our way back to our Father in Heaven. Most of us have heard the term “endure to the end”. The term “endure” usually brings a negative connotation, associated with pain or trial or suffering. None of us want to “suffer until the end”. We want to endure and we want to do it happily. We can do that through the gift of the Holy Ghost. “Wherefore, ye must press forwards with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all  men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life” (2 Nephi 31:20). The most important thing to remember while we endure is that we don’t have to do it alone. That is why we have the Holy Ghost.

Elder Robert D. Hales, a member of the Quorum of the Twleve Apostles, once said: “The basic requirements for enduring to the end include knowing who we are, children of God with a desire to return to his presence after mortality; understanding the purpose of life, to endure to the end and obtain eternal life; and living obediently with a desire and a determination to endure all things, having eternal vision.” Having eternal vision will help us know what we need to do in this life to make it to the end — to live with our Father in Heaven again. With the gift of the Holy Ghost, we can have eternal vision. “And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things” (Moroni 10:5)

In conclusion, I would like to say that I know that all of these things are true and I have that knowledge because I have relied on the Holy Ghost to teach me and to help me learn these things for myself. I also know that anyone who wants to know these things for themselves can ask for the guide of the Holy Ghost and they will not be led in the wrong direction.

 

 

 

Works Cited

Hales, Robert D. "Behold, We Count Them Happy Which Endure". General Conference. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. April 1998. Web. 22 April 2016.
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