When I am Confirmed I Receive the Holy Ghost

January 2010 - Talk #4
When I am Confirmed I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost

I have a great gift from my Father above.

This gift helps me know of His mercy and love.
I feel of its warmth when I ponder and pray.
It lightens my path as I seek to obey.

And when I was baptized a blessing was said
By strong priesthood holders with hands on my head.
The gift of the Holy Ghost, given to me,
Will help me be faithful, God’s servant to be.

So when I have choices or answers to find,
The still, quiet voice fills my heart and my mind.
And when I am frightened or sad or in need,
Then I can feel peace when its whisp’rings I heed.

The Holy Ghost can be with me each day, to comfort me, bless me, and show me the way.
He teaches me of the things that are true
And prompts me to know of the good I should do.

After a person is baptized by immersion, they receive the ordinance of confirmation. You are confirmed when a man who holds the priesthood lays his hands upon your head and says a prayer.

The words used in the prayer are simple but very important: “… confirm you a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and say unto you, receive the Holy Ghost.”

The scriptures tell us that everyone must be baptized and must receive the gift of the Holy Ghost so that they may return to live again with our Heavenly Father.

The Holy Ghost is a very special and sacred Personage. He is a member of the Godhead. But while Heavenly Father and Jesus have bodies of flesh and bones as we do, the Holy Ghost has only the form or shape of a man. He is a spirit who can speak to us so quietly that we can listen to Him without hearing any sound.

The Holy Ghost can tell us what is right and what is wrong. He can help our testimonies continue to grow. He can guide us away from danger, remind us of things we should remember, and bring comfort to us when we are troubled. But each of us must keep the commandments of our Heavenly Father and learn to listen to that quiet voice within before we can enjoy these blessings.

The Holy Ghost will help us throughout our lives to share the gospel with others if we seek His help. He will also bear witness to those who are honestly searching to find out if the gospel is true.

When a man, through the power of the Melchizedek Priesthood, says to you, “… receive the Holy Ghost,” you are receiving a precious gift, one that can help you throughout all of your life.

It makes me happy to know that Heavenly Father and Jesus love us so much that they send us the gift of the Holy Ghost when we are baptized and confirmed a member of their church. I want to do all I can to be worthy of this gift and to listen to the Holy Ghost when he speaks to me.

(Testimony)

In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


Source Material:
Annette W. Dickman, “The Gift of the Holy Ghost,”
Friend, Aug 2005, 24–25

“The Gift of the Holy Ghost,” Friend, Nov 1974, 12