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What are the roles of the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost, a member of the Godhead, bears witness of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. 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. It is through the influence of the Holy Ghost that we receive knowledge of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and feel Their power, goodness, and love.

Prepare yourself spiritually

What scriptures and other resources will help the young women understand the roles of the Holy Ghost?

1 Kings 19:11–12; Helaman 5:30; D&C 85:6 (The Holy Ghost speaks in a still, small voice)

John 14:26 (The Comforter can teach us and bring all things to our remembrance)

Romans 8:16 (The Spirit bears witness that we are children of God)

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 (The reception of 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)

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

Robert D. Hales, “The Holy Ghost,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2016, 105–7

Larry H. Lawrence, “What Lack I Yet?Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 33–35

Henry B. Eyring, “The Holy Ghost as Your Companion,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 104–7

Roles of the Holy Ghost,” True to the Faith (2004), 82

Video: “Voice of the Spirit”

Share experiences

At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.

Introduce the doctrine

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

  • Invite the young women to write about a time when they have felt the influence of the Holy Ghost in their lives. What did they do to receive His influence? What difference did His influence make? If appropriate, have several of them share their experiences.
  • Invite the young women to sing “Let the Holy Spirit Guide” (Hymns, no. 143) and to share what the words teach them about the roles of the Holy Ghost.

Learn together

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

  • Divide the young women into groups, and invite each group to study a section of President Henry B. Eyring’s talk “The Holy Ghost as Your Companion” or Elder Robert D. Hales’s talk “The Holy Ghost.” Invite each group to share with the class what they learn about the Holy Ghost. Invite young women to share experiences when the Holy Ghost helped them or when they were grateful for His companionship.
  • Invite the young women 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 class.
  • Divide the young women into small groups. Ask each group to read a few scriptures about the Holy Ghost (such as those suggested in this outline). Invite one young woman from each group to share with the rest of the class what her group’s scriptures teach about the roles of the Holy Ghost. Invite the young women to share personal experiences they have had in which the Holy Ghost has helped them in any of these ways.
  • Show the video “Voice of the Spirit,” and ask the young women to listen for answers to the following questions: Why do we need the Holy Ghost? How can the Holy Ghost help us? Share appropriate experiences you have had listening to the Holy Ghost, and invite the young women to share any experiences they have had. Young women could also search Elder Larry H. Lawrence’s talk “What Lack I Yet?” for examples of how the Holy Ghost can help us. As a class, make a list of things they can do to better hear the promptings of the Holy Ghost.
  • Invite the young women to read “Roles of the Holy Ghost” in True to the Faith (page 82). Ask each young woman to select one of the Holy Ghost’s roles and look for scriptures or scriptural stories that teach about that role. Invite the young women to share with each other what they find. Encourage them to share experiences in which the Holy Ghost helped them in these ways. What are some future situations in which they will need the help of the Holy Ghost?
  • Find some stories from recent general conference talks that illustrate the various roles of the Holy Ghost. (Some examples from the May 2015 Ensign or Liahona include the stories President Henry B. Eyring told about comforting a grieving family in “The Comforter,” pages 19–20, and the man with cancer in “Priesthood and Personal Prayer,” page 87). Invite each young woman to read one of the stories, retell it to the class in her own words, and identify what role the Holy Ghost was playing in that story. Encourage the young women to share their own experiences in which the Holy Ghost has helped them in any of these ways.

Ask the young women 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 helpful to spend more time on this doctrine?

Live what we are learning

Invite the young women to consider how they will live by what they have learned today. For example, they could:

  • Determine one way they can better prepare themselves to hear the still, small voice of the Holy Ghost.
  • Write down and act on impressions they receive from the Holy Ghost during the week.