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How do I receive the gift of the Holy Ghost?

After we are baptized, we receive the ordinance of confirmation. As part of this ordinance, we are told to “receive the Holy Ghost.” This means the Holy Ghost can be our constant companion if we desire and invite His presence in our lives and faithfully keep the commandments.

Prepare yourself spiritually

What scriptures and talks will help the young men understand how the gift of the Holy Ghost will help them and bless them throughout their lives?

Acts 8:14–17; D&C 33:15; Articles of Faith 1:4 (The gift of the Holy Ghost is bestowed by the laying on of hands)

1 Nephi 2:9–20 (Nephi’s example of being receptive to the Holy Ghost)

1 Nephi 15:1–11 (Disobeying the commandments prevents us from receiving the Holy Ghost)

1 Nephi 16:14–2918:8–22Alma 37:38–46 (Example of the Liahona)

D&C 20:77 (By partaking of the sacrament, we renew our covenants and can always have the Spirit with us)

D&C 121:45–46 (If we are virtuous and charitable, the Holy Ghost will be our constant companion)

David A. Bednar, “Receive the Holy Ghost,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 94–97

David A. Bednar, “That We May Always Have His Spirit to Be with Us,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2006, 28–31

The Gift of the Holy Ghost,” True to the Faith (2004), 121

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:

  • Invite the young men to share experiences from the past week that relate to last week’s lesson.
  • Ask the young men to think of the last time they saw someone being confirmed a member of the Church. What words were said as part of this ordinance? What does it mean to “receive the Holy Ghost”? Invite the young men to continue to think about this question throughout this lesson.

Learn together

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

  • Ask the young men to read 1 Nephi 2:9–19 and 1 Nephi 15:1–11 individually. Invite half of the quorum to look for and discuss what Nephi did to receive the Holy Ghost. Invite the other half to look for and discuss what Laman and Lemuel did that kept them from receiving the Holy Ghost. Ask them to write on the board what they found. What do the young men learn from these examples that will help them receive the Holy Ghost in their lives?
  • Ensure that each young man has a copy of For the Strength of Youth. Invite each young man to choose one of the sections in For the Strength of Youth, read it, and mark things they must do and not do in order to receive the Holy Ghost. Invite them to share what they learn about the Holy Ghost from what they read. How will this help them receive the Holy Ghost in their lives?
  • As a quorum, read the last three paragraphs of the section titled “The Gift of the Holy Ghost” in Elder David A. Bednar’s talk “Receive the Holy Ghost.” Ask a quorum member to summarize Elder Bednar’s main point. Assign each young man to read one of the next three sections of the talk, looking for answers to questions like these: How do we qualify to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost? What can prevent us from receiving the Holy Ghost? Ask them to share what they find and what they plan to do to act on Elder Bednar’s counsel.
  • Show a picture of Lehi and the Liahona (see Gospel Art Book, 68), and ask the young men to share what they know about the Liahona. Invite half of the quorum to read 1 Nephi 16:14–29, and invite the other half to read 1 Nephi 18:8–22. Ask them to look for answers to this question: “How is the Liahona like the Holy Ghost?” Invite them to share their thoughts. What do the young men learn from the experiences of Lehi’s family that can help them receive the Holy Ghost? As part of this discussion, read together Alma 37:38–46.
  • Invite the young men to read the section titled “Withdrawing Ourselves from the Spirit of the Lord” from Elder David A. Bednar’s talk “That We May Always Have His Spirit to Be with Us.” Ask them to look for statements that help them understand how that can have the companionship of the Holy Ghost more often. Encourage them to think about the things they “think, see, hear, or do” in a typical day and evaluate whether those things invite the Holy Ghost or distance them from Him. Ask them to ponder any changes they need to make in their lives. Invite them to share some of their thoughts if they feel comfortable doing so.

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

Invite to act

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

  • Invite the quorum members to read Doctrine and Covenants 121:45–46 in their personal study and then share in a future quorum meeting what they learn from these verses about receiving the Holy Ghost.
  • Challenge the quorum members to think of one thing they will do this week to be more worthy of the companionship of the Holy Ghost.