Friday, January 23, 2015

"Receive the Holy Ghost" -Doctrine & Covenants 130:23

It is very common to hear that the time someone felt the spirit the strongest in their lives was on their mission. Some have said that it is because there is an added need for the spirit because they are on the front-lines for the souls of men. I do not doubt that one bit, but we all can be on the front-lines of this war if we choose.

I think the bigger reason missionaries carry the spirit around in greater abundance is because they ask for the spirit to be with them: constantly! In every prayer I said on my mission, at some point I asked for the spirit to be with us. We would pray in the morning by ourselves, then as a companionship, then to start personal study, when personal study ended, to start companionship study, when companionship study ended, over breakfast, lunch, and dinner, each time we left the apartment, each time we were about to go into a lesson, at the start of each lesson, at the end of each lesson, when we didn't know what to do, when we did know what to do, when appointments fell through, and so on. In short, we were praying all day every day, each time asking that we could go forth "armed with [His] power" (Doctrine & Covenants 109:22). We would ask for His spirit to be with us, that we could preach the gospel to all people.

In essence, we were constantly following the direction, "the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith...And all this ye shall observe to do" (Doctrine & Coevnants 42:14-15). In other words, by constantly asking for the companionship of the Holy Ghost, we had the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. Can we not all do the same thing in our "normal" lives?

Think of the words of the sacrament prayers:

"O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen." (Doctrine & Covenants 20:77)

"O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this [water] to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen." (Doctrine & Covenants 20:79)

We are promised as we strive to remember Him, we can always have His spirit to be with us. We are also told that the spirit will be given us by the prayer of faith. How do these two match up? Simple: we are promised we can have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, as long as we remember Christ, and ask for the Spirit to be with us.

I make no hesitation in promising that if you ask for the spirit to be with you throughout the day, and are praying every opportunity you get, that you will feel the spirit more strong in your life, and will be led and guided more often by the spirit. I invite each of you to ponder how you can "receive the Holy Ghost" and allow Him to stay with you (Doctrine & Covenants 130:23).