Importance and Purpose of the Spirit

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“Holiness is a gift of the Spirit. We accept this gift when we choose to do those things that will increase the sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost in our lives.
 
Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Beauty of Holiness,” April 2017 General Conference

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“With the help of the Holy Ghost, we can create an emotionally healing place for the discriminated against, the rejected, and the stranger. In these tender yet powerful ways, we build the kingdom of God.”

 
Neill F. Marriott, Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency

What Shall We Do?”April 2016 General Conference

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“Every worthy, confirmed member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the right to the companionship of the Holy Ghost. Fasting, prayer, scripture study, and obedience greatly enhance our ability to hear and feel the promptings of the Spirit.
 
“When your mind is filled with doubt and confusion, the Father and the Son will send the Holy Ghost to warn you and guide you safely through the dangers of this mortal journey. He will help you remember, comfort you, and fill you ‘with hope and perfect love.’ ”
 
Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments,” 2015 General Conference
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“The concept of being filled with light and truth became particularly important to me because of an experience I had many years ago. I attended a meeting where members of the Young Women general board taught about creating spiritually strong families and homes. To visually demonstrate this, a Young Women leader held up two soda cans. In one hand she held a can that was empty and in the other hand a can that was unopened and full of soda. First, she squeezed the empty can; it began to bend and then collapsed under the pressure. Next, with her other hand, she squeezed the unopened can. It held firm. It didn’t bend or collapse like the empty can—because it was filled.

“We likened this demonstration to our individual lives and to our homes and families. When filled with the Spirit and with gospel truth, we have the power to withstand the outside forces of the world that surround and push against us. However, if we are not filled spiritually, we don’t have the inner strength to resist the outside pressures and can collapse when forces push against us.”

Cheryl A. Esplin, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Filling Our Homes with Light and Truth,” April 2015 General Conference

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“A single woman I know values the weekly ordinance of the sacrament and its sacred promise ‘that [she] may always have his Spirit to be with [her].’ That constant companionship is a promise that softens the waves of her loneliness. It gives her strength to immerse herself in developing her talents and a desire to serve the Lord.”

Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary General President
Keeping Covenants Protects Us, Prepares Us, and Empowers Us,” April 2014 General Conference

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“Like the rich young man in Jesus’s day, sometimes we are tempted to give up or turn back because maybe we think we can’t do it alone. And we are right! We cannot do the difficult things we have been asked to do without help. Help comes through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the guidance of the Holy Ghost, and the helping hands of others.”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General Presidency
Wanted: Hands and Hearts to Hasten the Work,” April 2014 General Conference

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“Seek learning by faith. We learn by faith as we diligently gain spiritual knowledge through prayer, scripture study, and obedience and as we seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost, who testifies of all truth. If you do your part to gain knowledge, the Holy Ghost can enlighten your mind. As you strive to keep yourself worthy, the Holy Ghost will give direction and added light to your learning.”

Mary N. Cook, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Seek Learning: You Have a Work to Do,” April 2012 General Conference

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“Young women, you are engaged in a great work! And you are not alone! As you guard your virtue and purity, you will be given strength. As you keep the covenants you have made, the Holy Ghost will guide and guard you. You will be surrounded by heavenly hosts of angels.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President
Guardians of Virtue,” April 2011 General Conference

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“A constant theme through our history is that sisters who utilize the power of the Holy Ghost operate with the inspiration of the Lord in their lives and receive revelation for their responsibilities.”

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President
Daughters in My Kingdom: the History and Work of Relief Society,” October 2010 General Conference

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“Heavenly Father has not left us alone during our mortal probation. He has already given us all the ‘safety equipment’ we will need to successfully return to Him. He has given us personal prayer, the scriptures, living prophets, and the Holy Ghost to guide us. At times, using this equipment may seem cumbersome, awkward, and horribly unfashionable. Its proper use requires our diligence, obedience, and persistence. But I, for one, choose to use it. We must all choose to use it.”

Ann M. Dibb, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Hold On,” October 2009 General Conference

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“Whether we are in a classroom, a missionary discussion, or a family home evening, teaching the doctrine regarding the Holy Ghost can help others understand this important gift. We learn that while ‘the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil,’ the right to the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost comes as members are given that gift by the laying on of hands by those who have the proper authority.”

Vicki F. Matsumori, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Helping Others Recognize the Whisperings of the Spirit,” October 2009 General Conference

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“The Holy Ghost has confirmed to me that God the Father lives. He loves each of us. He knows us individually and personally. He hears the pleadings of our hearts, and He answers those sincere prayers.

“Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. He came to earth in the meridian of time to atone for our sins. And He will come again. These and all other aspects of the gospel that make up my testimony are firm in my heart because of the influence of the Holy Ghost. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

Vicki F. Matsumori, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Helping Others Recognize the Whisperings of the Spirit,” October 2009 General Conference

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“I truly believe that one virtuous young woman or young man, led by the Spirit, can change the world.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President
A Return to Virtue,” October 2008 General Conference

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“As you sincerely seek to gain a testimony, the knowledge that will come through the Holy Ghost will assist you with your challenges, with questions, and with living the standards. And it will be easy for you also to commit to be steadfast and immovable at all times and in all things and in all places.”

Elaine S. Dalton, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
At All Times, in All Things, and in All Places,” April 2008 General Conference

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“A sister in Mexico City was 16 years old when the missionaries came to her door. She says that as they taught with the Spirit, ‘it seemed like they had taken the bandages off my eyes and that the Lord was clearing my understanding…The word of God and my prayers strengthened [me] to overcome my next trial, to face my father. When I met rejection from my family because of my baptism, the Spirit of the Lord strengthened me by whispering: ‘Keep on. Go on. Some of your relatives will become members of the Church.’ ‘ ”

Vicki F. Matsumori, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
A Lesson from the Book of Mormon,” October 2007 General Conference

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“God knows the needs of His children, and He often works through us, prompting us to help one another. When we act on such promptings, we tread on holy ground, for we are allowed the opportunity to serve as an agent of God in answering a prayer.”

Kathleen H. Hughes, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
What Greater Goodness Can We Know: Christlike Friends,” April 2005 General Conference

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“You can press forward with vision. The Holy Ghost will help you remain steadfast, and your testimony of the Savior will help you proceed with a perfect brightness of hope.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Press Forward and Be Steadfast,” April 2003 General Conference

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“Keeping your covenants will enable you to be guided by the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost will protect and strengthen you and tell you “all things [that] you should do” (2 Ne. 32:5). This gift sets you apart from the world.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Press Forward and Be Steadfast,” April 2003 General Conference

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“The Holy Ghost will also guide you as you make decisions regarding your future.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Press Forward and Be Steadfast,” April 2003 General Conference

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“You can press forward with vision. The Holy Ghost will help you remain steadfast, and your testimony of the Savior will help you proceed with a perfect brightness of hope. There may be some steep hills ahead, but our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has promised to climb with you every step of the way. There has never been a more important time to press forward and be steadfast.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Press Forward and Be Steadfast,” April 2003 General Conference

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“The key to accomplishing effective gospel teaching in the home is to invite the Spirit of the Lord to be with us. Some of the best counsel my husband and I received during some turbulent times of raising our children was to do all that is possible to invite and keep the Spirit in our home. Children cannot learn spiritual things and have spiritual feelings without the guidance of the Spirit.”

Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
A Voice of Gladness for Our Children,” October 2002 General Conference

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“The Holy Ghost can take away the gnawing, aching feeling of loneliness or isolation or rejection and fill us with peace. He is called the Comforter—and He is that!”

Sharon G. Larsen, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Fear Not: For They That Be with Us Are More,” October 2001 General Conference

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“Heavenly Father has given you the gift of the Holy Ghost to be available to help you whenever you earnestly seek Him.”

Sharon G. Larsen, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Your Celestial Guide,” April 2001 General Conference

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“For this reason a holy gift was given to you at the time of your baptism and confirmation, when hands were placed on your head and you were told, ‘Receive the Holy Ghost.’ It is almost as if your Father in Heaven gave you a gift to celebrate your official entrance into His kingdom on earth. The Holy Spirit can be with you always and guide you back to Him, but in order to enjoy the benefits of this holy gift, you must truly receive it, and then you must use it in your life. How sad it would be to be given such a precious gift and then set it aside and never use it.”

Margaret D. Nadauld, Young Women General President
A Comforter, A Guide, A Testifier,” April 2001 General Conference

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“Baptism is our spiritual rebirth. It cleanses us from head to toe and allows us the companionship of the Savior through the gift of the Holy Ghost. He will accompany each of us along the road of life.

“Four things happen when we are baptized and confirmed: (1) we become members of Christ’s Church and commit to follow Him; (2) we have our sins forgiven; (3) it allows us entrance to the celestial kingdom; and (4) it is the doorway to personal sanctification. We might say we are ‘made holy.’ ”

Carol B. Thomas, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Spiritual Power of Our Baptism,” April 1999 General Conference

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“What does it mean to become holy? Because you have received the Holy Ghost, you are changed. You are a different person. It means you cannot be part of the world anymore; you can never go back. Elder Hales has said, ‘Help our young women to understand that when they are baptized, they are taken ‘out of the world’ and ‘into the kingdom’.’ You are taken out of the dark and into the light of Christ. It is the beginning of a whole new life.”

Carol B. Thomas, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Spiritual Power of Our Baptism,” April 1999 General Conference

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“The Holy Ghost enlarges our minds, our hearts, and our understanding; helps us subdue weaknesses and resist temptation; inspires humility and repentance; guides and protects us in miraculous ways; and gifts us with wisdom, divine encouragement, peace of mind, a desire to change, and the ability to differentiate between the philosophies of men and revealed truth. The Holy Ghost is the minister and messenger of the Father and the Son, and He testifies of both Their glorious, global reality and Their connection to us personally. Without the presence of the Spirit, it is impossible to comprehend our personal mission or to have the reassurance that our course is right. No mortal comfort can duplicate that of the Comforter.”

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
We Are Not Alone,” October 1998 General Conference

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“…May each one of us resolve that nothing come between us and the Spirit of the Lord. May we recommit to stretch ourselves spiritually and to work a little harder at seeking the inspiration of heaven to guide our lives. It is the Holy Ghost who leads us to the Lord, who binds us to Him, and who irrevocably seals our testimony of Him.”

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
We Are Not Alone,” October 1998 General Conference

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“When we are confirmed, the heavens open and we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. By and through the Spirit, blessings of the priesthood flow into our lives. The Holy Ghost to lead and guide us, to be with us, to bring us peace, to testify of truth, to bear testimony of Jesus Christ; these spiritual blessings direct the course of our lives. And the lives of those around us are richer in things of the Spirit, for blessings are magnified as they are shared.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Partakers of the Glories,” October 1996 General Conference

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“The very name ‘Relief Society’ describes our purpose: to provide relief. While we often have the desire and the natural tendency as women to fix what’s broken, we are not the ‘solution society.’ We are the Relief Society. We understand the power and strength of the fruits of the Spirit described in Galatians: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith. We can soothe a suffering heart when we can’t eliminate the trouble. We can bring reassurance and support, kindness, and calm.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Relief Society: A Balm in Gilead,” October 1995 General Conference

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“As we earnestly seek light and truth, we develop clarity in our lives that reflects spiritual understanding and commitment. This clarity results as we learn from our daily experiences, our thoughtful study, and as we receive personal inspiration from the Holy Spirit.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Seek, and Ye Shall Find,” October 1994 General Conference

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“When hands were placed upon your head at the time you were confirmed a member of the Church, you were given the Holy Ghost to help you know what your Heavenly Father would have you do and to have the courage to do it. So even when it’s hard, you can pray for answers, you can read in the scriptures, and the Holy Ghost will help you know. Sometimes you will know in your heart what you should do. Sometimes you’ll have a feeling that you should talk to someone else who could help you. Sometimes the answer comes quickly, sometimes it takes a while, and when the answer comes, you be the one to follow that answer.”

Michaelene P. Grassli, Primary General President
I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me,” October 1988 General Conference

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