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    5 Truths to Help You Better Understand the Holy Ghost

    Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

    Learn a bit more about the Holy Ghost from Elder Robert D. Hales.

    In his April 2016 general conference talk, Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught and bore testimony of the remarkable gift of the Holy Ghost. Here are five points he taught that might help you understand the role of the Holy Ghost.

    1. Personal revelation is essential, but it is only one part of the work of the Holy Ghost.

    As the scriptures attest, the Holy Ghost also testifies of the Savior and God the Father. He teaches us “the peaceable things of the kingdom” (D&C 39:6) and causes us to “abound in hope” (D&C 15:13). He “leadeth [us] to do good … [and] to judge righteously” (D&C 11:12). He gives “to every man [and woman] … a [spiritual] gift … that all may be profited thereby” (D&C 46:11–12). He “giveth [us] knowledge” (Alma 18:35), and “bring[s] all things to [our] remembrance” (John 14:26). Through the Holy Ghost, we “may be sanctified” (3 Nephi 27:20) and receive “a remission of [our] sins” (2 Nephi 31:17). He is the “Comforter,” the same who was “promised unto [the Savior’s] disciples” (D&C 88:3). (Check out “How to Receive the Holy Ghost.”)

    2. The Holy Ghost is not given to control us.

    Some of us unwisely seek the Holy Ghost’s direction on every minor decision in our lives. This trivializes His sacred role. The Holy Ghost honors the principle of agency. He speaks to our minds and our hearts gently about many matters of consequence. (Check out “Agency and Inspiration.”)

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    3. Each of us may feel the influence of the Holy Ghost differently.

    His promptings will be felt in different degrees of intensity according to our individual needs and circumstances. (Check out “What If I Don’t Feel a Burning in the Bosom?”)

    4. Only the prophet may receive revelation through the Holy Ghost for the entire Church.

    Some forget this, as when Aaron and Miriam tried to convince Moses to agree with them. But the Lord taught them and us. He said: “If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him. … With him will I speak mouth to mouth” (Numbers 12:6, 8). (Check out “Five Ways to Follow the Counsel of Priesthood Leaders.”) See also D&C 28:2.

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    5. Obeying the commandments and keeping our covenants will protect us from being deceived.

    Sometimes the adversary tempts us with false ideas that we may confuse with the Holy Ghost. I testify that faithfulness in obeying the commandments and keeping our covenants will protect us from being deceived. Through the Holy Ghost, we will be able to discern those false prophets who teach for doctrine the commandments of men. (Check out “How to Be Wise.”)

    To my own posterity and all within the sound of my voice, I offer my testimony of the personal revelation and constant flow of daily guidance, caution, encouragement, strength, spiritual cleansing, comfort, and peace that have come to our family through the Holy Ghost. Through the Holy Ghost, we experience “the multitude of his tender mercies” (1 Nephi 8:8) and miracles that do not cease.

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