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What are the roles of the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost bears witness of the truth. He is the source of personal testimony and revelation. He can guide us in our decisions and protect us from physical and spiritual danger. He is known as the Comforter, and He can calm our fears and fill us with hope. Through His power, we are sanctified as we repent, receive saving ordinances, and keep our covenants. In order to serve effectively as priesthood holders, it is essential that we learn to listen to and follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost.

Prepare yourself spiritually

As you study these scriptures and other resources about the Holy Ghost, seek for His guidance to know what to teach the young men about the importance of the Holy Ghost in their lives.

John 14:16–27 (The Comforter can teach us and bring all things to our remembrance)

John 15:26; D&C 42:17; Moses 1:24 (The Holy Ghost bears record of the Father and the Son)

Galatians 5:22–23 (Paul describes the fruit of the Spirit)

2 Nephi 32:5 (The Holy Ghost will show us what we should do)

3 Nephi 27:20 (Receiving the Holy Ghost sanctifies us)

Moroni 8:26 (The Holy Ghost fills us with hope and love)

Moroni 10:5 (The Holy Ghost teaches us the truth)

Boyd K. Packer, “Counsel to Youth,Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 16–19

Craig C. Christensen, “An Unspeakable Gift from God,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 12–15

Videos: “Voice of the Spirit”, “Enemy Territory”

Let the young men lead

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), encourages them to share their experiences fulfilling their duty to God, and invites an adviser or other quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting.

Begin the learning experience

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to review last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Give the young men a moment to think of and share one thing they remember from last week’s lesson. Think of how you could relate their answers to today’s lesson.
  • Invite the young men to write about a time when they have felt the influence of the Holy Ghost. What did they do to receive His influence? What difference did His influence make? If appropriate, have several of them share their experiences.

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help quorum members understand the roles of the Holy Ghost. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Invite a quorum member to teach a portion of this lesson. He could do this as part of his Duty to God plan to learn and teach about the Holy Ghost (see “Understand Doctrine,” page 18, 42, or 66).
  • Invite the young men to search the following scriptures, identify the role of the Holy Ghost in each, and share how His influence can bless them: John 14:26; 15:26; Galatians 5:22–23; 2 Nephi 32:5; 3 Nephi 27:20. Invite them to list times in their lives when they will need the influence of the Holy Ghost. When will it be important for the Holy Ghost to show them what they should do? At what times might the young men need to feel the comforting influence of the Holy Ghost? Consider sharing a personal experience when you have received the help of the Holy Ghost.
  • Show one of the videos listed in this outline, and ask the young men to listen for what the video teaches them about receiving guidance through the Holy Ghost. Ask each young man to share something he learns. Then write the following statement from Julie B. Beck on the board: “The ability to receive and act upon personal revelation is the single most important skill we can acquire in this life. With it we cannot fail; without it we cannot succeed” (“‘And upon the Handmaids in Those Days Will I Pour Out My Spirit,’” Ensign or Liahona, May 2010, 11). Invite them to think about and write down how they feel about this quote and the importance of living worthy of and following the Spirit. Encourage them to ponder what they can do to more fully seek the companionship of the Holy Ghost.
  • Invite each young man to study the section titled “What Is the Mission of the Holy Ghost?” from Elder Craig C. Christensen’s talk “An Unspeakable Gift from God” and prepare to share with the quorum what he learns about the Holy Ghost. Invite him to share experiences in which the Holy Ghost has helped him in the ways Elder Christensen describes.
  • Invite the young men to look in the hymnbook in the “Topics” index under “Holy Ghost” to find a hymn that teaches about how the Holy Ghost can help us. Ask them to share lines from the hymns they chose. Consider singing one of the hymns as a quorum.

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they understand the roles of the Holy Ghost? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this topic?

Invite to act

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • As appropriate, share an experience in which he felt the influence of the Holy Ghost in one of the ways discussed in quorum meeting.
  • Invite the young men in the quorum to be worthy of and seek the companionship of the Holy Ghost.