Thursday, December 21, 2006

Are We Using the Holy Ghost?

"You will recall that in ancient Israel after Eldad and Medad had been called of God to a high calling, that his Spirit fell upon them and they prophesied in the camp. Then Joshua came before Moses and said, '. . . My lord Moses forbid them.' But Moses who himself had this gift of the Holy Ghost, this spirit of revelation and of prophecy said it was by this power that he had led Israel through the Red Sea. He said: '. . . Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the Lord's people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them!' (Num. 11:28-29.) There is no greater gift that a person can earn and enjoy for himself, in mortality, than the gift of the Holy Ghost, which gift is the right to the constant companionship of that member of the Godhead, and which gift is actually enjoyed only on condition of individual righteousness."
(Bruce R. McConkie April 1953 Conference Report)

By the Spirit of the Holy Ghost, about whom my fellow council member spoke so movingly this morning, I can bridge the nineteen hundred odd years between our day and the time of our beloved Lord. By that Spirit I can go with him as he walked the hills of Judea; I can follow him to the cross; I can hear the discussion at Emmaus and can enjoy the perfect love for him which his disciples felt after his resurrection."
(Bruce R. McConkie April 1953 Conference Report)

These statements put up a great challenge to me to become more in tune with the Holy Ghost. Elder McConkie ask us to seek the Holy Ghost and use it.