Things that Invite the Spirit

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“I know of nothing that will qualify us for the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost as much as virtue.”

Linda S. Reeves, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Worthy of Our Promised Blessings,” October 2015 General Conference

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“It may be worthwhile for us to check ourselves now and then to make sure our homes are places we are prepared to feel the Spirit. As we prepare our homes to be places where the Spirit is welcome, we will be prepared to feel more ‘at home’ when we enter the house of the Lord.”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President
Prepared in a Manner That Never Had Been Known,” October 2014 General Conference

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“Live your lives in such a way that you can listen to and hear the Holy Ghost, and He will help you make correct decisions. In fact, He will tell you ‘all things what ye should do.’ ”

Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President
Be Not Moved!” April 2013 General Conference

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“When we are honest in all things, big and small, we experience peace of mind and a clear conscience. Our relationships are enriched because they are based on trust. And the greatest blessing that comes from being honest is that we are able to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost.”

Ann M. Dibb, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
I Believe in Being Honest and True,” April 2011 General Conference

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“Virtue is a requirement to have the companionship and guidance of the Holy Ghost. You will need that guidance in order to successfully navigate the world in which you live.”

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

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“Daily scripture study—especially reading the Book of Mormon—establishes a firm foundation for your developing testimony of Jesus Christ and His gospel. It invites the Spirit into your life.”

Ann M. Dibb, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Be of a Good Courage,” April 2010 General Conference

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“Sister Eliza R. Snow, second Relief Society general president…said [in 1873]: ‘If you associate together [meaning older and younger women], your minds are improved, you are gaining intelligence, and you are retrenching from ignorance. The Spirit of God will impart instruction to your minds, and you will impart it to each other. I say, God bless you my young sisters. Remember that you are Saints of God; and that you have important works to perform in Zion.’ ”

Barbara Thompson, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Mind the Gap,” October 2009 General Conference

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“There are places where it is easier to feel the Spirit. Testimony meetings and general conference are some of those places. Certainly temples are another. The challenge for each of us is in providing an environment where the Spirit can be felt daily in our homes and weekly at church.

“One reason we are encouraged to pray and read the scriptures every single day is that both of these activities invite the Spirit into our homes and into the lives of our family members.”

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

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“Because the Spirit is often described as a still, small voice, it is also important to have a time of quiet in our lives as well. The Lord has counseled us to ‘be still, and know that I am God.’ If we provide a still and quiet time each day when we are not bombarded by television, computer, video games, or personal electronic devices, we allow that still, small voice an opportunity to provide personal revelation and to whisper sweet guidance, reassurance, and comfort to us.”

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

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“Similarly, we can provide an environment at church that allows the Spirit to give divine confirmation to what is being taught. Teachers and leaders do more than teach lessons or conduct meetings. They facilitate the whisperings of the Spirit to each member. Elder Richard G. Scott has said, ‘If you accomplish nothing else in your relationship with your students than to help them recognize and follow the promptings of the Spirit, you will bless their lives immeasurably and eternally.’ ”

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

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“…As they [my children] stood as witnesses, they felt the companionship and sustaining presence of the Holy Ghost. They also were armed with blessings that come from obedience to God’s commandments. He has promised us: ‘Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.’ ”

Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President
Stand As a Witness,” April 2008 General Conference

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“The Spirit gives us glimpses into who we are. Often the Spirit speaks to us when we pray, read the scriptures, ponder upon the Lord’s mercies to us, receive priesthood blessings, serve others, or feel loved and affirmed by others.”

Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President
Daughters of Heavenly Father,” April 2007 General Conference

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“To become unspotted from the world requires not only faith but repentance and obedience. We must live the standards and do those things which will entitle us to the constant companionship and guidance of the Holy Ghost—for the Spirit cannot dwell in unholy temples.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Look toward Eternity!” October 2006 General Conference

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“What would happen if we truly treated our bodies as temples? The result would be a dramatic increase in chastity, modesty, observance of the Word of Wisdom, and a similar decrease in the problems of pornography and abuse, for we would regard the body, like the temple, as a sacred sanctuary of the Spirit. Just as no unclean thing may enter the temple, we would be vigilant to keep impurity of any sort from entering the temple of our bodies.

Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President
The Sanctity of the Body,” October 2005 General Conference

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“…It doesn’t seem to matter where or when I read the scriptures; I can still carry them in my heart. I have found that by reading them in the morning I am able to carry the influence of the Spirit with me throughout the day.”

Cheryl C. Lant, Primary General President
My Soul Delighteth in the Scriptures,” October 2005 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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“Standing in holy places helps us to become holy, but that is an acquired virtue that takes practice. Practice listening to the Spirit and being obedient. Practice being morally pure. Practice being reverent about sacred things. The Lord has told us to come unto Him and He can make us holy. Let Him envelop you in love and forgiveness and peace. Regardless of what is going on around you, you can practice creating an environment of your own, filled with the Spirit of the Lord.”

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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“…go where the Spirit directs. Be still and listen. Your Heavenly Father will guide you as you draw near to Him. Immerse yourself in the holy word of the prophets, both ancient and modern, and the Spirit will speak to you. Be patient, ask in faith, and you will receive guidance in your creative efforts.”

Mary Ellen Smoot, Relief Society General President
We Are Creators,” April 2000 General Conference

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“Going to the temple often provides balance in our lives. After returning home, we have an increased sense of well-being; the influence of the Spirit can shield us from the frustrations of the world.”

Carol B. Thomas, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Preparing Our Families for the Temple,” April 1999 General Conference

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“Our ability to hear spiritually is linked to our willingness to work at it. President Hinckley has often said that the only way he knows to get anything done is to get on his knees and plead for help and then get on his feet and go to work. That combination of faith and hard work is the consummate curriculum for learning the language of the Spirit.”

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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“The Savior has given us a pattern to follow as we study the scriptures. We hear the word, we ponder upon its meaning, we ask our Heavenly Father to help us understand, and then our minds and hearts are prepared to receive the promised blessings. Pondering is more than reading words; it is searching for meanings that will help us as we relate to one another and as we make choices in our lives. It is allowing the word to move from our minds to our hearts. The Spirit bears witness to our hearts as we prayerfully seek to know the things of our Heavenly Father. When we have that witness and knowledge, we think and live and relate to each other in more Christlike ways.”

Anne G. Wirthlin, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Teaching Our Children to Love the Scriptures,” April 1998 General Conference

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“When we give our time, our energy, our commitment, our testimony to others, we are giving of ourselves. We are sharing intangibles, not easily left on the doorstep but easily deposited in the heart.

“So it is with kindness. Nothing will bring the Spirit of the Lord into your meetings, your homes, and your personal associations more quickly than showing kindness. ‘Charity … is kind.’ Kindness should be right at the top of everyone’s list of things to do. Write it down every day: ‘Be kind.’ Kindness comes in many different packages. Be thoughtful to your neighbors. Be patient in a crowd. Be considerate of your children and your husband. Be honest with your sisters. Trust them and they will trust you. Go out and bring them into this grand circle of sisters we call Relief Society. As we increase our kindness, we add charity to our storehouse and we are strengthened.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Strengthened in Charity,” October 1996 General Conference

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“By having an ‘overpowering spirit of optimism’ and enthusiasm… I could decide to be positive and optimistic about the many good things in my life: my friendships, my studies, my family…Suddenly the dilemma that had seemed so overwhelming began to fade. I started to feel better about myself. I read the scriptures more. I prayed more. I liked other people more. I felt the Spirit reenter my life.”

Anne Marie Rose, young woman
Facing Trials with Optimism,” April 1996 General Conference

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“The Lord has counseled us directly in this dispensation to seek the Spirit—to learn much—that we might ‘lay aside the things of this world, and seek for the things of a better’. I feel strongly that this is a clarion call for the women of this church at this time. For us to stand firm and faithful, we must be clearly focused on seeking the Lord.

“Seeking implies so much more than merely looking. Seek means energy, direction, passion, purpose. To seek requires all our ‘heart, might, mind and strength’. We sisters are good at using our hearts and our hands in the Lord’s work. But we must also use our minds. More than one hundred years ago, Relief Society President Emmeline B. Wells said, ‘I believe in women, especially thinking women’. So do I.”

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

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“What happens if you try to paddle a boat using only one oar? You go around and around in circles. If you paddle hard, you go fast. If you paddle slowly, you turn gently. But you still just go around in circles. It’s the same with trying to make study replace faith or trying to exercise faith but without study. We can often find ourselves just going around in circles. I think that the Holy Ghost cannot give us some answers until we are actively seeking knowledge.”

Chieko N. Okazaki, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Rowing Your Boat,” October 1994 General Conference

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“When we keep the commandments, we are clean; and when we are clean in our thoughts, our words, and our actions, we can hear the whisperings of the Holy Ghost.”

Ardeth G. Kapp, Young Women General President,
‘Crickets’ Can Be Destroyed Through Spirituality,” October 1990 General Conference

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“We will be denied the sweet whisperings of the Spirit in guiding our lives and the lives of our families unless we pay the price of studying, pondering, and praying about the scriptures.”

Joanne B. Doxey, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Remember Him,” October 1989 General Conference

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“How can we provide a climate in our lives to foster the presence of the Holy Ghost, that our lives may be more joyful? Just as a reservoir stores water to bring relief and replenish the thirsty land, so we can store experiences, knowledge, and desires to replenish and fortify our spiritual needs. Four ways may be helpful in developing reservoirs of righteousness and spiritual self-reliance. We prepare by—

  1. Developing a cheerful disposition wherein the Spirit can dwell.
  2. Learning the Savior’s will for us, that we may know our divine potential.
  3. Understanding and accepting his atoning sacrifice and repenting of our sins.
  4. Keeping his commandments and having a firm determination to serve him.”

Barbara W. Winder, Relief Society General President
Finding Joy in Life”, October 1987 General Conference

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