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    Power of the Holy Spirit: Having the Spirit

    April 16, 2015

    As we go about our day-to-day lives we come to realize that there isn’t a map made specifically for us. We learn that we have to make decisions, small and large, on a daily basis.

    The Light of Christ is a gift that everyone receives in this mortal journey, which can help guide us. It is sometimes called the Spirit of Christ or the Spirit of God. The prophet Mormon explained, “The Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil” (Moro. 7:16).

    Elder Oaks said, “the light of Christ enlightens and gives understanding to all men.”

    Even greater manifestations come from the Holy Ghost to sincere seekers and help lead those seekers to make correct decisions for a joyful life.

    To maintain the direction, instruction, and spiritual protection that comes from the Spirit of the Lord, we must invite that Spirit into our lives.

    Elder Bednar explained how to do this. He said, “We invite the Holy Ghost into our lives through meaningful personal and family prayer, feasting upon the words of Christ, diligent and exacting obedience, faithfulness and honoring of covenants, and through virtue, humility, and service. And we steadfastly should avoid things that are immodest, coarse, crude, sinful, or evil that cause us to withdraw ourselves from the Holy Ghost.”

    Invite the Spirit into your life by reading the scriptures, maintaining positive thoughts towards others, serving those in need, praying to God often, and by attending church.

    Elder Bednar said, “We should also endeavor to discern when we ‘withdraw [ourselves] from the Spirit of the Lord, that it may have no place in [us] to guide [us] in wisdom’s paths that [we] may be blessed, prospered, and preserved’” (Mosiah 2:36).

    If we take inventory of our precious time and see a need to restructure what we do on a daily basis, we should make the necessary changes. The Spirit will enter our lives and homes more frequently if actively seek after it.

    Elder Oaks explains, “It is important to remember that the illumination and revelation that come to an individual as a result of the gift of the Holy Ghost do not come suddenly or without seeking. President Spencer W. Kimball taught that the Holy Ghost “comes a little at a time as you merit it. And as your life is in harmony, you gradually receive the Holy Ghost in a great measure” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball [1982], 114).

    With sincerity and focus in righteous living we can invite the Spirit into our daily lives.

    Read more about what the Spirit is and how to obtain it from Elder Oaks’ talk “Always Have His Spirit” and Elder Bednar’s talk “That We May Always Have His Spirit to Be with Us.”