Christ said, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come” (John 16:13).
The Holy Spirit not only guides us but also can give us comfort in times of trials. Trials come to every mortal being at different times in life. People all over the world, within our own communities, and in our own homes experience trials and tribulations.
Elder Robert D. Hales stated: “Why such terrible tribulation? To what end? For what purpose?
“As we ask these questions, we realize that the purpose of our life on earth is to grow, develop, and be strengthened through our own experiences. … Tests and trials are given to all of us. These mortal challenges allow us and our Heavenly Father to see whether we will exercise our agency to follow His Son. He already knows, and we have the opportunity to learn, that no matter how difficult our circumstances, ‘all these things shall [be for our] experience, and … [our] good’ [D&C 122:7]” (“Waiting upon the Lord: Thy Will Be Done,” Oct. 2011 general conference).
As we seek the Holy Spirit to comfort us in times of trials, we also learn to obey, obtain patience, and seek God’s will.
A revelation in the Doctrine and Covenants explains how the Spirit acts as a Comforter:
“Wherefore, I now send upon you another Comforter, even upon you my friends, that it may abide in your hearts, even the Holy Spirit of promise; which other Comforter is the same that I promised unto my disciples, as is recorded in the testimony of John” (D&C 88:3).
Galatians 5:22–23 says: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Know that as we seek the Spirit in challenging times, we will be blessed with comfort and knowledge to know what to do. With the Spirit we also have an ability to be a comfort toward others in their times of needs. The Spirit can work through us to serve others.
Alma said that as we come to God we are “willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light; yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in” (Mosiah 18:8–9).