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  1. 1. The Holy Ghost Chapter 5Introduction 5. The Holy Ghost conveys the gifts of the Spirit to the children of God (see 1 Corinthians 12:1–11; As the third member of the Godhead, the Holy Moroni 10:9–17; D&C 46:13–26).Ghost acts under the direction of the Father and 6. The Holy Ghost brings to our remembrance truthsthe Son. He performs many tasks for the benefit of that we have been taught earlier (see John 14:26).God’s children upon the earth, His chief mission 7. The Holy Ghost reproves the world for sin (seebeing to testify of the Father and the Son. John 16:8; D&C 121:43). 8. The Holy Ghost guides us to all truth and showsDoctrinal Outline us what we should know and do (see John 16:13; Moroni 10:5; D&C 39:6; 2 Nephi 32:5; Moses 8:24).A. The Holy Ghost is the third member of the 9. The Holy Ghost enables us to ask of God accordingGodhead. to the will of God (see D&C 46:30; 63:64).1. The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit and 10.Those who speak by the power of the Holy Ghost possesses all the characteristics of a divine speak scripture (see D&C 68:4; 2 Peter 1:21). personality (see D&C 130:22; 1 Nephi 11:11). 11. The Holy Ghost enables righteous individuals to2. The Holy Ghost knows all things (see D&C 35:19; discern the thoughts of others (see Alma 10:17; Moroni 10:5; Moses 6:61). 12:3; 18:16–18; Jacob 2:5).3. The Holy Ghost testifies of the Father and the Son 12.Members of the Church who are guided by the (see D&C 20:27; 3 Nephi 28:11). Holy Ghost will not be deceived (see D&C 45:57).B. The Holy Ghost performs a special mission tobless and benefit us. Supporting Statements1. The Holy Ghost is a comforter (see John 14:26; Moroni 8:26; Acts 9:31). A. The Holy Ghost is the third member of the2. The Holy Ghost is a teacher and a revelator (see Godhead. Luke 12:11–12; John 14:26; 2 Nephi 32:5; Alma ■ “The Holy Ghost is the third member of the 5:46–47; D&C 8:2–3). Godhead. He is a Spirit, in the form of a man. . . .3. The Holy Ghost is a sanctifier (see Alma 13:12; The Holy Ghost is a personage of Spirit, and has a 3 Nephi 27:20; 1 Peter 1:2). spirit body only. His mission is to bear witness of4. The Holy Ghost seals upon worthy individuals the Father and the Son and of all truth. the promises of God (see D&C 132:7; 76:53; 88:3). “As a Spirit personage the Holy Ghost has size and dimensions. He does not fill the immensity of space, and cannot be everywhere present in person at the same time. He is also called the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of Truth, and the Comforter” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 1:38). ■ “The sign of the dove was instituted before the creation of the world, a witness for the Holy Ghost, and the devil cannot come in the sign of a dove. The Holy Ghost is a personage, and is in the form of a personage. It does not confine itself to the form of the dove, but in sign of the dove. The Holy Ghost cannot be transformed into a dove; but the sign of a dove was given to John to signify the truth of the deed, as the dove is an emblem or token of truth and innocence” (Joseph Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 276). ■ “The Holy Ghost as a personage of Spirit can no more be omnipresent in person than can the Father or the Son, but by his intelligence, his knowledge, his power and influence, over and through the laws of nature, he is and can be 11
  2. 2. Chapter 5omnipresent throughout all the works of God” matters are both speculative and fruitless”(Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 61). (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 359).B. The Holy Ghost performs a special mission to ■ “The Holy Ghost is a revelator. Every worthybless and benefit us. soul is entitled to a revelation, and it comes■ “The Holy Ghost is the Messenger, or through the Holy Ghost. In Moroni’s farewell toComforter, which the Savior promised to send to the Lamanites, he says: ‘And by the power of thehis disciples after he was crucified. This Comforter Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.’is, by his influence, to be a constant companion to (Moroni 10:5.)every baptized person, and to administer unto the “He is a reminder and will bring to ourmembers of the Church by revelation and remembrance the things which we have learnedguidance, knowledge of the truth that they may and which we need in the time thereof. He is anwalk in its light. It is the Holy Ghost who inspirer and will put words in our mouths,enlightens the mind of the truly baptized member. enlighten our understandings and direct ourIt is through him that individual revelation comes, thoughts. He is a testifier and will bear record toand the light of truth is established in our hearts. us of the divinity of the Father and the Son and ofWe read in the blessings on the sacrament that if their missions and of the program which theywe will keep . . . his commandments which he has have given us. He is a teacher and will increasegiven us, that we may always have his Spirit to be our knowledge. He is a companion and will walkwith us. This Spirit of truth, the Savior said, ‘the with us, inspiring us all along the way, guidingworld cannot receive, because it seeth him not, our footsteps, impeaching our weaknesses,neither knoweth him’; but the true followers of strengthening our resolves, and revealing to usChrist, those who have been baptized for the righteous aims and purposes” (Spencer W. Kimball,remission of their sins and have had hands laid The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, 23). ■ “‘And by the power of the Holy Ghost yeupon their heads for the gift of the Holy Ghost, bya duly authorized servant of Jesus Christ, are may know the truth of all things.’ (Moro. 10:5.)entitled to this companionship, for ‘he dwelleth He is broadcasting all eternal truth out into allwith you, and shall be in you.’” (Joseph Fielding immensity all of the time” (Bruce R. McConkie,Smith, Answers to Gospel Questions, 2:149–50). The Promised Messiah, 16). ■ “The Holy Spirit of Promise is the Holy Ghost■ “He [the Holy Ghost] is the Comforter,Testator, Revelator, Sanctifier, Holy Spirit, Holy who places the stamp of approval upon everySpirit of Promise, Spirit of Truth, Spirit of the ordinance: baptism, confirmation, ordination,Lord, and Messenger of the Father and the Son, marriage. The promise is that the blessings willand his companionship is the greatest gift that be received through faithfulness.mortal man can enjoy. His mission is to perform “If a person violates a covenant, whether it beall of the functions appertaining to the various of baptism, ordination, marriage or anything else,name-titles which he bears. Because he is a Spirit the Spirit withdraws the stamp of approval, andPersonage, he has power—according to the the blessings will not be received.eternal laws ordained by the Father—to perform “Every ordinance is sealed with a promise of aessential and unique functions for men. In this reward based upon faithfulness. The Holy Spiritdispensation, at least, nothing has been revealed withdraws the stamp of approval where covenantsas to his origin or destiny; expressions on these are broken” (Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 1:45).12