How can you gain the spirit in your life?
- First, ponder and read the scriptures daily. You cannot help but feel the Spirit when you read the words of God. Also, read your Sunday lessons, Relief Society, Priesthood, and Sunday School.
- Second, keep the commandments. Remember that the Spirit of God will not always “strive with man” (Genesis 6:3).
- Third, desire to have the spirit in your life.
- Fourth, pray for the spirit.
- Fifth, seek the spirit in your life. Abraham sought for the blessings of the Spirit (Abraham 1:2).
- Sixth, practice gratitude in your lives. Acknowledge the Lord’s hand in all things.
- Seventh, sit, ponder, be still and listen for that still small voice.
- Eighth, practice listening to that voice daily.
- Ninth, record the experiences with the Holy Ghost in a journal so that it can be accessed again and again.
- Tenth, make sure to always be in a place which is acceptable to the Lord. The Spirit will not attend anyone in a place that is full of contention or evil.
The presence of the Holy Ghost will require constant effort. We must always be living in a manner that will allow us to keep the spirit in our lives. “Let us lay aside all evil practices, all those habits which will prevent our communing with God. … If these little things have a tendency to hinder our enjoyments and debase us in the eyes of the Lord, we ought to lay them aside and manifest a determination to do the will of our Father in Heaven, and to accomplish that work which is laid upon us to perform. … When I do anything that prevents me from enjoying the Spirit of the Lord, as soon as I ascertain that, I immediately throw it aside” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church Wilford Woodruff, p54).
Why is it given? Why do we need the Holy Ghost in our lives? Again Wilford Woodruff explains to us “Now, if you have the Holy Ghost with you –and everyone ought to have –I can say unto you that there is no greater gift, there is no greater blessing, there is no greater testimony given to any man on earth. You may have the administration of angels; you may see many miracles; you may see many wonders in the earth; but I claim that the gift of the Holy Ghost is the greatest gift that can be bestowed upon man. It is by this power that we have performed that which we have. It is this that sustains us through all the persecutions, trials and tribulations that come upon us” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church Wilford Woodruff, p49).
By Tracy Atkinson
Tracy Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the Midwest with her husband. She is a teacher, having taught elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education and a master’s in higher education. Her passion is researching, studying and investigating the attributes related to self-directed learners. She has published several titles, including Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Lemosa: The Annals of the Hidden, Book Two, Rachel’s 8 and Securing Your Tent. She is currently working on a non-fiction text exploring the attributes of self-directed learners: The Five Characteristics of Self-directed Learners.