Chapter 7: The Holy Ghost

"Chapter 7: The Holy Ghost," Part Three: Communicating with God, ()


Our Father in Heaven has chosen someone to tell us the things that He wants us to know. Who is this person, and how can we learn to understand our Father in Heaven’s messages?

The Holy Ghost Works with Our Father in Heaven and Jesus to Help Us

The Holy Ghost works with our Father in Heaven and Jesus. He testifies to us that They live and They love us. He helps Them teach us the things we need to know and do and helps us obey Their commandments. He does not have a body of flesh and bones as our Father in Heaven and Jesus have. He is a spirit. He looks like a man.

Our Father in Heaven, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate persons. They work together to help us learn the things we need to know and do. When we receive messages from our Father in Heaven or Jesus, it is usually the Holy Ghost who brings them to us. He also helps us obey Their commandments.

Discussion

  • Whom does the Holy Ghost work with?

  • How is the Holy Ghost different from our Father in Heaven and Jesus?

The Work of the Holy Ghost

The Holy Ghost teaches us about our Father in Heaven and Jesus. He tells us that They live and that They love us. He tells us that our Father in Heaven is the Father of our spirits. He also tells us that Jesus is our Savior.

The Holy Ghost helps us understand about our Father in Heaven and Jesus and the things we must do in order to return to heaven. He also helps us learn and understand all truth.

The Holy Ghost also gives us strength to obey the commandments of our Father in Heaven and Jesus. He can help us to make the correct decision when we have to choose between two actions. He can give us peace in times of trouble.

Discussion

  • What is the Holy Ghost’s work?

  • What can the Holy Ghost help us to know?

  • What can the Holy Ghost help us to do?

The Holy Ghost Teaches Us in a Powerful Way

The Holy Ghost teaches us what is right and what is wrong. This teaching is so strong we never forget it. The Holy Ghost does not usually talk to us in a way we can hear with our ears. Instead, He causes us to think or feel whether what we read or hear is true. These feelings are very strong.

The power of the Holy Ghost can be felt by many people at the same time. To understand this better, think of the sun. There is only one sun, but its light and warmth are felt by people in many places at the same time. The Holy Ghost can be thought of in the same way. His power may be felt by people in many places at the same time even though He Himself is in only one place at any one time.

Discussion

  • How does the Holy Ghost tell us the things we need to know?

  • How can the Holy Ghost help many people at the same time?

The Holy Ghost Will Help Each of Us

After our Father in Heaven sent Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden, they prayed and asked Him what they should do. Our Father in Heaven sent the Holy Ghost to teach them about Him and Jesus and about the things that Adam and Eve should do. The Holy Ghost told them that our Father in Heaven’s teachings were true. He gave them strength to do the things our Father in Heaven wanted them to do.

He also helped them to be humble and grateful for the things our Father in Heaven did for them.

Through the guidance of the Holy Ghost, Adam and Eve learned they could live again with our Father in Heaven someday if they would always follow Jesus and obey His commandments. The guidance of the Holy Ghost made them very happy.

Our Father in Heaven loves each of us. He sends the Holy Ghost to guide us and teach us the truth. However, the Holy Ghost will help us only if we try earnestly to follow the commandments and instructions He brings us from our Father in Heaven and Jesus. If we do not try earnestly to obey Their commandments, or if we do not want the Holy Ghost to teach us, He will not tell us anything. We will have a better life if we follow the teachings of the Holy Ghost.

Discussion

  • How did the Holy Ghost help Adam and Eve?

  • What must we do to receive help from the Holy Ghost?

References

The Holy Ghost Works with Our Father in Heaven and Jesus to Help Us

  • John 14:26; 2 Nephi 33:1 (The Holy Ghost will help us remember the things we have learned.)

  • John 15:26 (The Holy Ghost will show us the truth concerning Jesus.)

  • 1 John 5:7 (The Holy Ghost works with our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ.)

  • 3 Nephi 28:11 (The Holy Ghost gives knowledge concerning our Father in Heaven and Jesus.)

The Work of the Holy Ghost

The Holy Ghost Teaches Us in a Powerful Way

  • Moroni 10:5–7 (The Holy Ghost tells us which things are true and which things are not true.)

The Holy Ghost Will Help Each of Us

  • John 16:13 (The Holy Ghost will guide us to all truth.)

  • Romans 8:16–17 (The Holy Ghost helps us know we are the children of our Father in Heaven.)