- My message today focuses on the importance of the Holy Ghost in our lives. Our Father in Heaven knew that in mortality we would face challenges, tribulation, and turmoil; He knew we would wrestle with questions, disappointments, temptations, and weaknesses. To give us mortal strength and divine guidance, He provided the Holy Spirit, another name for the Holy Ghost.
He shares how the Holy Ghost brings us to the Savior. His influence is to bring us closer to the Savior and to respond when prompted to.
- The Holy Ghost binds us to the Lord. By divine assignment, He inspires, testifies, teaches, and prompts us to walk in the light of the Lord. We have the sacred responsibility to learn to recognize His influence in our lives and respond.
He speaks about joy and the powerful effect it can have on changing ourselves and changing the world. He speaks about it's capacity to provide comfort, courage, truth, and expand God's love to us. Truly, joy is a gift from God.
- Joy that fills our souls brings with it an eternal perspective in contrast to day-to-day living. That joy comes as peace amidst hardship or heartache. It provides comfort and courage, unfolds the truths of the gospel, and expands our love for the Lord and all God’s children. Although the need for such blessings is so great, in many ways the world has forgotten and forsaken them.
Elder Rasband speaks about four things we must do in our lives to qualify for the spirit to be stronger in our lives. Expanding our lives in these four ways will allow the spirit to be more active in our lives and have a stronger effect on bringing us close to the Savior.
- First, we strive to live worthy of the Spirit.
- Second, we must be willing to receive the Spirit.
- Third, we must recognize the Spirit when it comes.
- Fourth, we must act on the first prompting.
Finally, Elder Rasband speaks about paying attention to impressions that we are given and acting on them the first time we receive these messages.
- First promptings are pure inspiration from heaven. When they confirm or testify to us, we need to recognize them for what they are and never let them slip past.
- If we pay attention to the promptings that come to us, we will grow in the spirit of revelation and receive more and more Spirit-driven insight and direction. The Lord has said, “Put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good.”
The four things we need to do are a great reminder of how sensitive the Spirit is and how we need to be careful with how we live our lives. The Spirit requires that we are being our best selves or the impressions are not provided. Being worthy and willing are both necessary before we can recognize the impressions that are given. Then we must be willing to act on the impressions given. I have struggled for years to understand when a prompting is from the Holy Ghost and when it is just something in my mind. Elder Rasband quoted Joseph Smith in this talk by saying that nine times our of ten, it is the Spirit. That causes me to consider how I can be more willing to act on those impressions so I am constantly at my Father's business.