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Dear Gramps,
If the Holy Ghost is supposed to dwell in righteous people, how can he if he can only be in one place at a time? I’ve heard about his “influence” being everywhere present like the sun’s rays. Also our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. Please explain to a convert to the Mormon Church of three years.
Tanya, from Kansas City
Dear Tanya,
As you know, there is a difference in the physical make-up of the Holy Ghost and of the Father and the Son, the other members of the Godhead. The Father and the Son are resurrected beings. They are glorified, perfected men with bodies of flesh and bone. The Holy Ghost, on the other hand, is a personage of spirit–in the form of a man, but whose body is composed of only spiritual material. We read in Doctrine & Covenants 130:22—

The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us.

So, the fact that the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit makes it possible for him to dwell in each of us, all at the same time. Since our conscious experience is related only to the state of mortality in the environment of the earth, we have no way of understanding the mechanism of how a spiritual being may be everywhere present. But we also know that the Spirit of Christ, but not the physical presence of Christ, enlightens every person that comes into the world, and as you mentioned, is everywhere present—

And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings; Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space–The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things (D&C 88:11-13).

In the words of Elder Robert D. Hales, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Mormon Church—

“We are able to receive this spiritual manifestation because the Holy Ghost is a personage of Spirit who can dwell in us. His mission is to witness of the Father and the Son, convey Their will to us, and teach us all things what we should do. People everywhere may feel the influence of the Holy Ghost from time to time in their lives. But only those who have been baptized and confirmed can receive the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands by one in authority, which makes His constant companionship possible” (Elder Robert D. Hales, Receiving a Testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, Ensign (CR), November 2003, p.28).

Gramps

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