Power of the Holy Spirit

If you know my story, you know that the greatest desire of my heart for a very long time was to belong to a church where the Holy Spirit would be present. Ironically, while I knew with all my being that I’d be seeking a church that has teachings that match the Bible, I could not imagine or describe what that would be like one little bit!

When I began investigating The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a very faithful and humble couple exchanged emails with me almost daily for weeks. The following paragraphs are small excerpts that may demonstrate only the beginning of my own enlightenment concerning the role of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps you will identify a bit?

I wrote to my new friends, “What is the role of the Holy Spirit in your lives? The main query I have is this.”

K and M: “The most important characteristic that distinguishes us from all other religions is that through the power of the Holy Ghost, we can know the truth of all things and especially this unbelievable story (that Joseph Smith saw God, the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ).  If you would like to continue this story and to learn more about our religion, please let us know.  There is so much more that we would like to share with you.” 

Me: “How do you know?  Is this knowing by faith, as the gospel?  Is it a feeling?  Is it the working of the Holy Ghost?  When did you know?  As soon as you heard the story?   I’d like to understand your process. I choose to believe-I can do that because of my own personal experiences-I’m not sure that this is the same as knowing.   

“through the power of the Holy Ghost, we can know the truth of all things”  This is scriptural…so- please pretend that I know nothing (really, I know very little, I suspect) of the workings of the Holy Ghost.   If I do not know this power, and you tell me this story, how then would I discern the truth?  How would you teach me this?”  

K and M: “All true religion is a feeling.” 

Me: “All true religion is a feeling Are you able to elaborate on this, please?  What do you mean?  A feeling of…?”

K and M:  “All true religion is a feeling :  We believe that God the Father and Jesus Christ are two separate and distinct, resurrected beings and that the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit and that a person desiring to know the truth will have that truth revealed to them through the Holy Ghost. 

That feeling can manifest itself through a quickening of the heart, enlightenment of the mind, joy, comfort, and peace.  I believe in your lifetime you have become acquainted with some or all the above. 

If it is not a truth there will be a stupor of thought, depression, confusion or a dark feeling.  If you ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, the truthfulness of all things, especially the Book of Mormon, will be made known to you.” 

Several times, I returned to examine K and M’s explanation, in the beginning of practicing my new religion. Before that, I had never considered that sometimes my depression, confusions or dark feelings might sometimes stem from a source outside of myself, i.e. the adversary. I used to believe my negative feelings were part of my makeup or my weaknesses.

“When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak on His own;He will speak only what He hears…”

John 16:13

Moreover, I lacked confidence and didn’t trust my own feelings, never mind consider that I might receive new thoughts and feelings from the indwelling of the Holy Ghost. K and M’s explanation was a very helpful guidance to begin discerning both my good and bad feelings and thoughts, and for recognizing their source.

“It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.”          1 John 5:6

Although it seemed to take ‘forever’, with experience, I eventually gained confidence in recognizing truths and untruths in my life. Especially sweet is seeking answers from Heavenly Father and feeling His comfort and peace. 🙂

Feeling the Holy Ghost: Power of the Holy Spirit

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