“Hear Him” through the Holy Ghost


by Elder Gary E. Stevenson
of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles


June 21, 2020



Our beloved prophet has recently invited us to “think deeply and often about this key question: How do you hear Him?”’

Throughout my life, I have most consistently heard the voice of the Lord through the Holy Ghost. Following baptism, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. It is a unique privilege and blessing to have the constant companionship of a third member of the Godhead.

The scriptures teach us that “the Comforter knoweth all things, and beareth record of the Father and of the Son” (Doctrine and Covenants 42:17). I have learned that when the promptings of the Holy Ghost come to us, we are literally hearing what the Lord desires us to hear.

I testify of four special roles of the Holy Ghost that help us in our daily lives: He will teach us, He will testify to us, He will warn us, and He will comfort us. 

During challenging times, the Holy Ghost has brought comfort to my heart. We are taught in John 14:26–27, “The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  

As I’ve traveled around the world, the Holy Ghost has also testified to me that God is mindful of all of His children. He wants each of us to hear the voice of His Son, Jesus Christ, through the Holy Ghost. This applies to everyone, wherever they may be—the taxi driver in Calcutta, the engineer in London, the elementary school child in Ghana, and the farmer in Chile.

I am grateful for these eternal truths which the Spirit testifies to our mind and heart:  Each of us can know that we have loving Heavenly Parents.  

Each of us can feel the redeeming and sanctifying power of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  

And each of us can hear Him by listening to and heeding the promptings of the Holy Ghost.