One of the greatest blessing of membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is having the gift of the Holy Ghost. I’m so grateful for the influence of the Third Member of the Godhead in my life.
Elder Hales offered a beautiful testimony of the potential of this incredible blessing:
“To my own posterity and all within the sound of my voice, I offer my testimony of the personal revelation and constant flow of daily guidance, caution, encouragement, strength, spiritual cleansing, comfort, and peace that have come to our family through the Holy Ghost. Through the Holy Ghost, we experience ‘the multitude of [Christ’s] tender mercies’ and miracles that do not cease.”
I know that I need that daily and constant flow of encouragement, strength, and peace that Elder Hales speaks of. I’ve noticed how different my day is when I have sought the guidance and protection of the spirit. On days when I have not started with prayer and study of the word of God, I find the natural man taking charge. I am irritable and make bad decisions. When I start of my day the right way, things simply go differently. I’m given the words to say and my temper is tempered. I’m given a sense of peace and understanding.
I need that presence in my life.