How does the Holy Ghost help me learn? January 2013
What do you do when you find yourselfcaught in a boring sacrament meeting?“I don’t know. I’ve never been in one”President Spencer W. Kimball. Why do you think President Kimball said this? As we come to each meeting prepared to “seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118), the Holy Spirit will be our teacher. If we come to be entertained, we often will be disappointed. Elder Donald L. Hallstrom , Presidency of the Seventy, April 2012 General Conference
When I was five years old, a major conference was held at the [Honolulu] tabernacle. Wewalked down the lane on which we lived and over a small bridge leading to the statelymeetinghouse and sat on about the 10th row in the large chapel. Presiding and speaking atthe meeting was David O. McKay, the President of the Church. I do not recall anything hesaid, but I vividly remember what I saw and what I felt. President McKay was dressed in acream-colored suit and, with his wavy white hair, looked very regal. In the tradition of theislands, he wore a triple-thick red carnation lei. As he spoke, I felt something quite intenseand very personal. I later understood that I was feeling the influence of the Holy Spirit. Wesang the closing hymn.Who’s on the Lord’s side? Who?Now is the time to show.We ask it fearlessly:Who’s on the Lord’s side? Who?(“Who’s on the Lord’s Side?” Hymns, no. 260)With those words being sung by nearly 2,000 people but seeming to be a question posed justto me, I wanted to stand and say, “I am!” When have you felt the Spirit strongly at Church? What did you do to prepare spiritually for these experiences?
How does the Spirit help me to learn? Scripture How? John 16:13 1 Corinthians 2:9-14 1 Nephi 10:19 Alma 5:45-46 Doctrine & Covenants 11:12-14What could happen if we tried to study the gospel without the help of the Spirit?When have you felt the influence of the Holy Ghost while learning the gospel?
How can I receive more spiritual promptings?In our Church meetings, in our personal and family scripture study, and even this day aswe listen to the Lord’s prophets and apostles, some of us will receive more than others.Why? I am learning that those who truly receive do at least three things that othersmay not do.1. Seek. We live in an entertainment world, a spectator world. Without realizing it, wecan find ourselves coming to conference or going to church with the attitude, “Here Iam; now inspire me.” We become spiritually passive.When we focus instead on seeking and receiving the Spirit, we become less concernedabout a teacher or speaker holding our attention and more concerned about giving ourattention to the Spirit.2. Feel. While revelation comes to the mind and heart, it is most often felt. Until welearn to pay attention to these spiritual feelings, we usually do not even recognize theSpirit.3. Intend to act. As the prophet Moroni instructed, to receive a witness of the Book ofMormon, we must ask “with real intent” (Moroni 10:4). The Spirit teaches when wehonestly intend to do something about what we learn. How do you feel about this / what do you feel prompted to do?
Learning by the Holy Ghost, Preach My Gospel, page 18Your gospel study is most effective when you are taught by the Holy Ghost. Always begin yourgospel study by praying for the Holy Ghost to help you learn. He will bring knowledge andconviction that will bless your life and allow you to bless the lives of others. Your faith in JesusChrist will increase. Your desire to repent and improve will grow.This kind of study prepares you for service, offers solace, resolves problems, and gives you thestrength to endure to the end. Successful gospel study requires desire and action. “For he thatdiligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by thepower of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old” (1 Nephi 10:19). Like Enos,as you hunger to know the words of eternal life and as you allow these words to “[sink] deepinto [your] heart” (Enos 1:3), the Holy Ghost will open your mind and heart to greater lightand understanding.Learning the gospel is also a process of receiving revelation (see Jacob 4:8). To Oliver Cowderythe Lord said: “Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it untoyou, when you took no thought save it was to ask me. But, behold, I say unto you, that youmust study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will causethat your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right” (D&C 9:7–8).As you study, pay careful attention to ideas that come to your mind and feelings that come toyour heart, particularly regarding the people you are teaching.
• What have you learned today? • What feelings or impressions have you had? • What does it mean to learn by the Spirit? • What questions do you have? • Would you like to spend more time on this topic? • How will you know if you are living what you have been taught today?Further study: Boyd K. Packer, “The Quest for Spiritual Knowledge,” New Era,Jan. 2007, 2–7