To Be One, In Heart & Mind

To Become Zion

Consider this quote from Elder Dieter F. Uchdorf, of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As you do, keep in mind that another name for the Holy Ghost is, the Comforter.

“The Latin source of the word COMFORTER— com fortis—means “TOGETHER STRONG.” As the Holy Ghost visits your own spirit, you become stronger than you are by yourself. When you receive the Holy Ghost, you receive strength, power, peace, and comfort.” Elder Dieter F. Uchdorf

I would also add that the Gift of the Holy Ghost, as an added enhancement to the lives of Latter-Day Saints, would, as we live up to these privileges together, make us even stronger as a collective whole, even as the body of Christ. In other words, of one heart, and one mind. An added sealing upon our heads, the covenant of the First Born: together strong.

Shane

Praying Without Ceasing

In the Lord’s church we are told to pray without ceasing. How? By living with the constant companionship of the Gift of the Holy Ghost. To be in continual communion with the Father through His Son Jesus Christ, with the Gift and power of the Holy Ghost.

As the Holy Ghost is a revelator, and revelation is communication, our communication with the Father is as we commune with Him our thoughts, feelings and prayers. To have a continual flow of revelation from Him, who is the only true source, even the light of the world.

As there are only two sources, as is discussed in my post Ones and Zeros: Part One, having this great revelatory power from God, we learn great things and receive guidance, promptings and God’s will, to help us avoid deception and all other pitfalls.

Obeying this important law to pray without ceasing, is different than just having the influence of the Holy Ghost. For to have such a gift, we need to first have sacred priesthood ordinances performed on our behalf, by those who have this power and authority. These are baptism and receiving the confirmation of The Gift of the Holy Ghost through covenant, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Then to be partakers of this, we must first understand these promises we make, obey the Lord, and live them to the very best of our knowledge and ability. In this we can then truly be guided, and always have His Spirit to be with us, thus fulfilling the commandment for us to truly pray without ceasing.

Shane

Calming the Storm: Part Two

Is there peace on earth? We can have peace in Christ. Now that peace has been taken from the earth as was written, how do we play our part as peacemakers, to help calm the storms surrounding us. Yes, the tempests all around.

We have power through the power of faith, acting within the power of Christ, under the guidance of the Holy Ghost, to calm every storm in our personal lives, and aid those around us causing, or caught up in these storms.

Let’s discuss the Holy Ghost’s role in this for a moment, for everyone has access to the Holy Ghost, in which He teaches truth, comforts and bears witnesses of Jesus Christ. There is however, something far greater and more powerful found in the difference of having the influence of the Holy Ghost, which everyone can have with them, and having what is called the Gift of the Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit).

The Gift of the Holy Ghost is a beautiful, sealing, binding power, given to mankind through sacred priesthood ordinances and covenants, whose authority is found only in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

When these ordinances are performed, namely baptism and the confirmation of the Gift of the Holy Ghost, by the power and authority of the Holy Priesthood, and lived up to, we are then fully enabled to keep these our higher sacred covenant commitments.

With this gift, we can then have full access the atonement and gifts of the Spirit, which bless us unto the perfecting of our souls and the Saints, provided we live worthy of it.

In this way, the Gift of the Holy Ghost is a far greater influence in us, and we can more fully develop, and help others add to the peace within and around us, in which we can all have peace in Christ.

Shane

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