“I’ve been given the gift of the Holy Ghost, but I don’t feel the Spirit constantly. Is something wrong with me?” New Era, August 2017
I’ve been given the gift of the Holy Ghost, but I don’t feel the Spirit constantly. Is something wrong with me?
Having the gift of the Holy Ghost means He can be our constant companion. We have to be worthy and stay away from things that would drive Him away. If we don’t think we feel the Spirit very often, we should have patience. Learning to recognize and follow the Spirit is a lifelong goal that takes faith and effort. If you don’t often have big, impressive spiritual experiences, you’re pretty normal. These are rare. The Spirit’s influence is usually still and small. We shouldn’t fill ourselves with anxiety or self-doubt because we’re not “feeling the Spirit” as frequently as we think we ought to.
Study the scriptures to find out how the Holy Ghost influences people. Ask others how they’ve experienced the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost—parents, grandparents, teachers, leaders, or anyone else you know and admire in the Church. Ponder how you may have been guided and comforted by the Spirit in small and simple ways. Pray for the Spirit. And take the sacrament each week with real intent to keep your covenants and receive the promise of the Spirit.