What Can the Book of Mormon Teach Me about the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit gives us comfort, helps us recognize truth, testifies of Christ, and so much more. Like the Bible, The Book of Mormon teaches important truths about the Holy Ghost.
What is the role of the Holy Ghost?
The Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, is a witness of God and Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost confirms the truth of Jesus’s gospel. He communicates to us with a “still voice of perfect mildness, as … a whisper, and it [does] pierce even to the very soul” (Helaman 5:30).
The Book of Mormon shares examples of the many important roles of the Holy Spirit.
The Book of Mormon describes a time when the prophet Nephi “was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which [he] should do” (1 Nephi 4:6). The Spirit can help guide us in important decisions in our lives.
Before Jesus was crucified, He taught that the Holy Ghost was the Comforter (see John 14:26). The Holy Ghost offers us comfort and peace. In the Book of Mormon, we read that the Comforter “filleth with hope and perfect love, which love endureth” (Moroni 8:26).
The Spirit can change and purify your heart. The Book of Mormon tells of a group of people who were moved by the Holy Ghost as they heard the words of a prophet: “And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually” (Mosiah 5:2).
The Holy Ghost can help you “know the truth of all things” (Moroni 10:5). You can experience this power of the Holy Ghost as you read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it is the word of God. The prophet Moroni offers this promise to those who do so: “And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost” (Moroni 10:4).
How can I feel the influence of the Holy Ghost in my life?
Anyone can feel the influence and power of the Holy Ghost from time to time as they seek to do good and strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ. Activities such as prayer, reading God’s word, attending church, and serving others often invite the good feeling of the Holy Spirit.
After a person is baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they can receive the gift of the Holy Ghost through confirmation. This promises them the constant presence of the Holy Ghost, as long as they continue to live worthily of it. The scriptures explain how to keep the Holy Ghost with you.
Humble people recognize the power of God and prioritize His will above their own. This invites the Spirit. The Book of Mormon counsels, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit” (Alma 13:28).
The Bible teaches that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Having faith will help you feel the influence of the Holy Spirit more. The Book of Mormon confirms, “As many as … have faith, have communion with the Holy Spirit, which maketh manifest unto the children of men, according to their faith” (Jarom 1:4).
Jesus promises that the Spirit will always be with people who remember what He has done for them. The Book of Mormon tells of how Jesus visited people in the ancient Americas after His Resurrection. As He had done in Jerusalem, He introduced the sacrament (or communion) to them. He said, “This shall ye do in remembrance of my body. … And it shall be a testimony unto the Father that ye do always remember me. And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you” (3 Nephi 18:7).
The Holy Spirit is a blessed source of guidance and comfort that can guide you toward great blessings and confirm important truths. As you seek the influence of the Holy Spirit, you will be able to come closer to God and learn more of Him.
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