Will the Holy Ghost receive a body?

Will the Holy Ghost receive a body?

Question

 

Gramps,

I really love this website!  I have a question regarding the Holy Ghost.  Will he receive a body of his own at some point?  Thank you for all your time and effort in answering people’s questions the best you can!

Allison

 

Answer

 

Allison,

Good question, I think it is one we have all wondered about at least once.  I know I have.  So I was thrilled to find this quote: Joseph Smith said,

“The Holy Ghost is yet a spiritual body and is waiting to take to himself a body, as the Savior did.”[Joseph Smith, Encyclopedia of Joseph Smith’s Teachings, edited by Larry E. Dahl and Donald Q. Cannon (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1997)]

We have not been told when this will happen, but we can make a reasonable guess based on the scriptures.  Before the Savior died, He told His apostles:

“I will not leave you comfortless … But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:18, 26.)

So a reasonable hypothesis may be that when the Savior returns to the earth, then it will be time for the Holy Ghost to receive a body.  But again this is a guess.  It’s not really important that we know when the Holy Ghost will receive a body.  What is important for us to know is that Christ will not leave us comfortless.

 

Gramps

 

 

Is not following a prompting the same as denying the Holy Ghost?

Is not following a prompting the same as denying the Holy Ghost?

Question

 

Hi Gramps,

If I got a prompting and did not follow these feelings, did I commit the unforgivable sin of denying the Holy Ghost? Or what does it mean exactly to sin against the Holy Ghost?

Julia

 

Answer

 

Julia,

It’s been my experience that one of the most important lessons that we need to learn in this life is how to tell the difference between the prompting of the Spirit and other thoughts and desires.  If we denied the Holy Ghost by simply ignoring a prompting none of us would ever learn quickly enough to avoid being condemned.

To deny the Holy Ghost and come under this condemnation requires a bit more.  It requires pretty much the total rejection of everything the Holy Ghost has taught a person, after they have  been taught of Christ and His atonement; when the person can say “I know that Christ is the Savior and Redeemer” and then proceed to reject all of that.

We know Christ is able and willing to forgive, but that we must seek forgiveness for it to be given.  I think this is the real key to understanding the “Unforgivable Sin.”  If a person is capable of sincerely and truly seeking forgiveness, then they are not too far gone for Christ to save.  It’s only those that have become so hardened and set in their ways that they will not turn to the Lord no matter what He might do, that they become ‘unforgivable.’

 

Gramps

 

 

What is the difference between the influence of and the Gift of the Holy Ghost?

What is the difference between the influence of and the Gift of the Holy Ghost?

Question

 

Dear Gramps,

Perhaps this question has been asked before and I missed it, but what would you say is the difference between the influence of the Holy Spirit and the gift of the Holy Spirit? Is there a difference?

Keith

 

Answer

 

Keith,

There is a very big difference between the influence of the Holy Ghost and the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Part of the explanation for the difference lies in what the role of the Holy Ghost is for us during mortality. Above all else, the Holy Ghost is responsible for testifying of truth when we encounter it in this life. This comes to all of God’s children, regardless of almost any other condition. I say almost because there are people in this life who have hardened their hearts to such an extent that any promptings from the Holy Ghost are unnoticed, unfelt, or totally disregarded.

Nevertheless, it is also by this action by the Holy Ghost that we all gain our first spiritual awareness of truth. It is how we begin our spiritual education in this life. It is how we begin our testimonies. We hear a truth, such as “Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.” When we hear that in a spiritually aware moment, the Holy Ghost communicates the truth of it to our spirit. It is on a level so pure, with a connection of spirit to spirit that all but prevents us from questioning its validity. Sometimes it is felt as an epiphany would feel. We then know the truth in a way we cannot explain readily, nevertheless we cannot deny the truth we have learned.

This is one of the key moments of coming to Christ, our first dealings with the Holy Ghost. As I said, it is something that operates in all who are sensitive enough to feel it, and especially in those seeking for it, such as our dear brothers and sisters that are investigating the Church. While this act is not the only mission of the Holy Ghost, it is the only role the Holy Ghost can play in our lives without receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost.

Prior to baptism, and receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, Its influence upon us can only be transitory, moment to moment. When we are baptized and we are given the Gift of the Holy Ghost, only then do the other missions and roles of the Holy Ghost have an opportunity to become part of our everyday lives.

Having the Gift of the Holy Ghost means that as we are worthy, the Holy Ghost will be a constant companion with us, rather than only when we hear truth. In this capacity the Holy Ghost is called the Comforter. All the wonderful implications of this role alone are a marvelous gift to us. There are many other things that the Holy Ghost can do for us as well. Some of these things include the following;

Guide us in our actions, lead us to truth, instruct us, teach us, testify to us of truth as well as moving us to speak of the truth we have received. It can grant us wisdom, power, and judgment. It can reveal other’s thoughts and intentions to us and help us remember truth. It can show us what we should do, grant us a remission of our sins, and sanctify us according to our worthiness.

There are other things the Gift of the Holy Ghost allows us to have access to as well, but I hope this paints at least a partial picture of how important maintaining our worthiness for the Holy Ghost’s companionship really is.

On an interesting side note, I find it fascinating that some of the most important things we need from Heaven are given to us in the initial stages of our spiritual journey back to Heavenly Father. For example, when Christ began to re-establish His church on the Earth, the first thing he did was begin the spiritual instruction of Joseph Smith with the First Vision. The very next thing Jesus did was to begin the process of translating the Book of Mormon.

In a related way, when we approach the Lord through baptism, the first thing we do is the ordinance itself. The very next thing we do is be given the Gift of the Holy Ghost. While we may take it for granted sometimes, there is an important question we need to ask ourselves.

How important is the Gift of the Holy Ghost in the Lord’s eyes, if it is the first step, immediately after baptism, in our personal journey back to Heavenly Father? Do we consider our worthiness of that companionship seriously enough?

As I said before, Keith, the Holy Ghost will testify of truth to anyone willing, and prepared, to listen. However the true purpose of the Holy Ghost cannot be realized in this life without receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost. The difference is important. However the good news is that the Gift of the Holy Ghost is open to all who are willing to embark upon the path of Christ, beginning with the ordinance of baptism. That such a wonderful gift is available to us teaches me of not only the love of Christ for us all, but His serious intent that we have every tool available to us to assist us on our journey through this life.

 

Gramps

 

 

 

What does it mean to speak with the tongues of angels?

What does it mean to speak with the tongues of angels?

Question

Gramps,

What does it mean when it states “to speak with the tongues of Angels?”  I’m assuming it’s to do with the Holy Ghost? Thank you.

Renee

 

Answer

Dear Renee,

Nephi answers your question, but you have to be willing to follow his sermon past the chapter. In his great discourse describing admittance and endurance on the “way… whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God” (2 Nephi 31), he leads us through the first principles and ordinances of the gospel.

“And the Father said: Repent ye, repent ye, and be baptized in the name of my Beloved Son. And also, the voice of the Son came unto me, saying: He that is baptized in my name, to him will the Father give the Holy Ghost, like unto me; wherefore, follow me, and do the things which ye have seen me do” (2 Nephi 31:11-12).

It’s all there: faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, and the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the worthy who continue on this path through the gate, a great blessing awaits:

“But, behold, my beloved brethren, thus came the voice of the Son unto me, saying: After ye have repented of your sins, and witnessed unto the Father that ye are willing to keep my commandments, by the baptism of water, and have received the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost, and can speak with a new tongue, yea, even with the tongue of angels” (2 Nephi 31:14)

What a great blessing! But, as you rightly note, what does it mean? Many of Nephi’s people didn’t understand it either. But instead of asking what it meant, they focused on another confusing part of his sermon: If these are the first principles, what are we to do once we’re through the gate (2 Nephi 32:1)? Nephi reminded them of this pivotal point and how angelic tongues tie it all together.

“Do ye not remember that I said unto you that after ye had received the Holy Ghost ye could speak with the tongue of angels? And now, how could ye speak with the tongue of angels save it were by the Holy Ghost?

Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.” (2 Nephi 32:2-3)

Of course the angelic tongue is the power of the Holy Ghost! Nephi even mentions it immediately after he talks about receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. The gift of tongues is such a notable gift of the spirit that it is referred to as “the gift of the Holy Ghost” in the New Testament (Acts 10:45). And just as the Aaronic Priesthood (which holds the keys of the ministering of angels) is subject to the Melchizedek Priesthood (which holds the key of the knowledge of God), so would the message of angels be subject to the message of the Godhead.

And to wrap it all up, Nephi gives us the takeaway (remember, the question is not just “what does it mean”, but “what do I do”):

“Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye cannot understand them it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark.

For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do” (2 Nephi 32:4-5).

Having “the tongue of angels”, you can speak the words of Christ by the power of the Holy Ghost. And the words of Christ are here for you to know how to continue in the way that leads towards being “saved in the kingdom of God”.

Gramps

Was the Holy Ghost present while Jesus  Christ was on the earth?

Was the Holy Ghost present while Jesus Christ was on the earth?

Question

Gramps,

Was the Holy Ghost present while Christ was on the earth?

Steve 

 

Answer

Steve,

Thank you for your question.  The simple answer to your question is yes.  Please stay with me as I go into more detail to show some examples.

Christ’s Birth

We’ll start out right before Christ was born.

Matthew 1:18 it says,

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Bruce R. McConkie said this regarding this event,

“Just as Jesus is literally the son of Mary, so he is the personal and literal offspring of God the Eternal Father, who himself is an exalted personage having a tangible body of flesh and bones…Matthew’s statement, ‘she was found with child of the Holy Ghost,’ properly translated should say, ‘she was found with child by the power of the Holy Ghost.‘” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:82.)

Baptism of Jesus Christ

Now let’s move on to the baptism of Jesus Christ.

Luke 3:22 states,

22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

Again from Bruce R. McConkie,

“By way of interpretation, the Prophet Joseph Smith said that ‘the sign of the dove’ was given as a witness that the baptism had divine approval. ‘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,’ he said. ‘The Holy Ghost is a personage, and is in the form of a personage. . . . 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.’ (History of the Church 5:261.)” (A New Witness for the Articles of Faith [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1985], 255.)

Led Into the Wilderness

Luke 4:1 states,

1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

So as you can see from these examples, the Holy Ghost was present when Christ was on the earth.  In fact, Christ relied heavily on the Spirit of the Holy Ghost to guide him just as we rely on the Holy Ghost in our own lives.

Gramps

Why does there have to be 3 in the Godhead?

Why does there have to be 3 in the Godhead?

Question

Gramps,

Why does there have to be three in the Godhead or why is there three in the Godhead?

Thanks, Jesus

 

Answer

Dear Jesus,

By having three members in the Godhead, we find God exemplifying the law of witnesses that he gave to His children (see also D&C 6:28 and 128:3). Jesus Himself followed this law during His mortal sojourn. Addressing the Pharisees, Jesus taught that the law of witnesses worked in His favor. “It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me” (John 8:17-18). Although the Pharisees did not recognize this second witness, it was nonetheless there (as testified by Peter (Matt. 16:25-17)).

At another time, Jesus again taught this principle and listed off His witnesses (John 5:32-37). “There is another that beareth witness of me; … Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.” Ultimately the Father is the best witness for Christ, but since all do not have the faith of Peter, other witnesses are provided that are more easily recognized by the spiritually dense. The Lord continues, “but I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.” The second witness is His actions. It is the same witness that his disciples should have testifying that they are indeed following their Master (Matt. 7:16-20). And just to round out the list, Jesus offers a third witness: “And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me.” The testimony of these three witnesses ensure that the judgments of God against the hardened Pharisees are just.

At the Last Supper, Jesus again draws on this principle while introducing the Comforter (or Holy Ghost) to His chosen apostles. “But when the Comforter is come, … he shall testify of me”. And that’s not all. The apostles themselves are to testify as well: “And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning” (John 15:26-27). This tradition carries on today, when we have modern apostles testifying publicly of the works Christ continues, and the Holy Ghost confirming their words as a second witness. The next time you attend General Conference, listen for this testimony from modern witnesses.

Jesus followed the Last Supper with a prayer that provides us with another lesson we can learn from the Godhead. Picking up on themes He had just taught the apostles, Jesus prayed “that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one” (John 17:22-23). That ancient governing body of the primitive church were to pattern themselves after the presiding heavenly council in unity, love, and perfection. Our modern councils should do the same. And given that there are three in the Godhead presidency, we find a special emphasis on mortal presidencies following suit as well.

 

Gramps

 

Holy Ghost

Holy Ghost

Question, Without assumption, did Adam/Noah/Moses/Abraham et al receive the ‘gift of the Holy Ghost’ when they were baptized? I know that when John the Baptist was baptizing, and when he baptized the Savior. he then re-baptized those he had baptized before and confirmed them with the Holy Ghost as a constant companion.

Cheri (more…)

The spirit or is it just me?

The spirit or is it just me?

Dear Gramps,

How can I be certain the feelings I get are from the spirit? I’ve lately discovered I can cry on command, and generally feel a burning when I do. The same things happen when I conjure up powerful, positive emotions, even if they are not related to anything spiritual. I’ve never had any other kind of witness from the spirit other than that. How can I tell the difference between the Spirit or just my emotions playing tricks on me?

Eric (more…)

Large and Spacious Building

Large and Spacious Building

All exmormons usually will describe a peace, a freedom, feeling less under “mind control of Mormonism” when leaving the church ect. I can honestly say that I have felt these feelings too (when reading the stories). Are we being fooled by Satan or what? The only explanations I can think of are: the full loss of The holy Ghost, thus a persons psychology/thinking changes (almost instantly). He becomes separated from God. Some even claim a closer relationship, while most say athiesm, agnosticism -not believing at all is the way to go. I have heard the saying “like a feather in the wind…tossed to and fro with every doctrine and (well I can’t think of the rest, but it’s scripture and there’s a full quote from Brigham Young about people who leave the LDS Church). What are your thoughts on this so called exodus from the faith and my thinking above?. Lehi’s dream is directly linking to what is happening now.

Calls (more…)

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