The Companionship of the Holy Ghost

The “Light of Christ” granted to all men helps us to recognize truth, but receiving the “Gift of the Holy Ghost” entitles us to his constant companionship if we remain worthy. Nephi states that “Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ…Feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do”

He will be with you, always, so you will no longer need to feel alone in dark places; including not only the ones that find us but also the ones we find or create for ourselves. You will no longer have a need to feel lonely, angry, or frustrated. You can and should learn to keep more of a focus on the eternal perspective; why we are here, our purpose in being here.

Indeed, “Men are that they might have joy.” We may still fall, from time to time, into misery and despair but we can know how to get back; know that God loves us no matter what and we can feel that love for ourselves. As a husband and father the Holy Ghost has helped me to sleep at night and have the courage to get out of bed the next morning. It’s more than just having a conscience; He is and has been a close personal friend.

As I’ve told many times before, I’d taken the missionary discussions three times before I was actually baptized. It took joining the Navy and essentially losing everything I had before I could hear the Lord calling out to me; I had to be able to listen …and that’s when I knew; after all the other distractions were gone.

I do, however, remember darker days since then…

A daughter lying in a hospital bed battling for her life…
Quiet times in the hospital with my mother in her last days…
The first holidays without grandma being a part of them…

Though it wasn’t easy in the least little bit, the light from the Lord through the presence of the Holy Ghost eventually gave me the strength to come back fully into the light…it would have been so easy on so many occasions to just give up to bitterness, anger, frustration…and in some cases I did…

We do have to remember that His companionship is not unconditional; I highly encourage you to keep a journal (starting today?) and remember how you feel today. If you ever forget how you feel today you may end up rather lost and find it much more difficult to find your way back.

Robert D. Hales said, “He cannot be with us if we are angry in our hearts, contentious with our companions, or critical of the Lord’s anointed. He departs whenever we are rebellious, are immoral, dress or act immodestly, are unclean or profane in mind or body, are slothful in priesthood callings and duties, or commit other sins, for ‘the Spirit of the Lord doth not dwell in unholy temples’.” We must continue to earn his companionship everyday by making right choices and walking the straight and narrow path. He can be back in an instant if we ask, listen, and repent as necessary; but just as quickly we can be left to our own devices.

He will warn us of danger, give us strength in our trials, testify of truth, and help us to recognize true happiness when we find it. That’s what the Holy Ghost is to me…happiness…even in trials…even in pain…

President Hinckley said, “If we keep the commandments ‘the Holy Ghost shall be [our] constant companion’ (D&C 121:46) to buoy us up, to teach us, lead us, comfort us, and sustain us. To obtain this companionship, we need to ask for it, to live for it, to be loyal to the Lord.”

Live your life to the level of happiness you are qualified for as a son (or daughter) of Heavenly Father…the Holy Ghost will tell you how and will be your guide…if you; if all of us just listen and follow…

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