“Latter-day Saint Voices: ‘A Testimony and Witness’” Liahona, June 2001, 29–33
The president of the United States once asked the Prophet Joseph Smith what the difference was between our religion and the other religions of the day. The Prophet Joseph answered that the difference was to be found in “the gift of the Holy Ghost. … All other considerations were contained in the gift of the Holy Ghost” (History of the Church, 4:42).
Having the Holy Ghost as a companion is one of the greatest gifts our Father in Heaven offers us. The Holy Ghost testifies of truth, sanctifies the truly repentant, endows us with spiritual gifts, heals the brokenhearted, reveals, teaches, and comforts. The Holy Ghost is, fundamentally, the Spirit of peace. As President Gordon B. Hinckley teaches and the following stories illustrate, when the Spirit attends us, we will “have happiness in our hearts” and feel “that peace which … even in the midst of conflict … comes of a testimony and witness of the truth of this work” (“Words of the Living Prophet,” Liahona, June 2001, 35).