Friday, April 15, 2011

Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost

Jesus taught that we must be baptized of water and also of the Spirit. Baptism by water must be followed by baptism of the Spirit (Holy Ghost) or it is incomplete. The Holy Ghost has a sanctifying, cleansing effect upon us. Those who receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and remain worthy by keeping the promises they made during baptism can enjoy His companionship throughout their lives.

The Holy Ghost testifies of Christ and helps us recognize the truth in life, providing spiritual strength and helps us do what is right. He is the Comforter, comforting us during times of trial or sorrow. He warns us of spiritual or physical danger. The gift of the Holy Ghost is one of our Heavenly Father's most precious gifts. Through the power of the Holy Ghost we can feel God's love and direction for us. This gift is a foretaste of eternal joy and a promise of eternal life.

Only when we receive baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost can we receive a remission of our sins and become completely spiritually reborn! After baptism, one or more authorized priesthood holders lay their hands upon the person's head and confer the gift of the Holy Ghost.

The priesthood authority needed to perform this ordinance, which was lost centuries ago through apostasy, was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. This authority makes the Church different from any other religion in the world.

I know that this is the Church of God. I have prayed to know; I have received a witness that it is. Anyone can pray to know for themselves and I invite all to do so. The next post will talk more about receiving an answer for yourself from God and staying true to that knowledge once you receive it.

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