June 2010 - Talk #2
Through a still small voice, the Spirit speaks to me
To guide me, to save me from the evil I may see.
If I try to do what’s right, he will lead me through the night,
Direct me, protect me, and give my soul his light.
Who speaks in a still, small voice that is sometimes felt more than heard?
Who can bring a feeling of comfort and peace when you are sad, lonely, or frightened?
Who brings a warm, sweet feeling into your heart when you think about Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father?
Who can help teach you right and wrong?
Who encourages you to do good deeds for others?
Who can help you understand and remember the scriptures?
The answer to all of these questions is the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead. He has a body of spirit rather than of flesh and bones. Because He is a spirit, you cannot see Him. But you can feel Him with you. The Holy Ghost has many names. Some of them are the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of the Lord, and the Comforter.
After you are baptized, you are confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Having this glorious gift means that if you live righteously, you can have the Holy Ghost with you always.
When you have special friends, you want to be with them. You might invite them to your home. You might prepare for their visit by cleaning your house. You might plan to do things to make them feel comfortable and welcome. When your friends arrive, you listen carefully to them. You probably tell them how glad you are to be with them.
The Holy Ghost is a special friend to you. To invite the Holy Ghost to be with you, you can sincerely pray and ask Heavenly Father to send Him. You can prepare for Him by remembering Jesus Christ, choosing the right, keeping the commandments. The Holy Ghost can bring feelings of warmth, love, peace, joy, and wanting to do good. (See Gal. 5:22–23; D&C 11:12–13.) When you feel the Holy Ghost with you, thank Heavenly Father for this blessing. The Holy Ghost is one of the greatest gifts Father in Heaven can give you.
As we listen to the Holy Ghost, we can tell right from wrong and be strengthened in our resolve to live righteously. Through the Holy Ghost we may be warned of danger or receive protection. The Holy Ghost can send comfort and love in times of need and will help us understand sacred things.
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.