Life was about to get scary. And I was kind of freaking out.
As a high school senior, I was suddenly faced with a myriad of big decisions: which college should I attend? what should I major in? what career should I have? where should I live?
And as a young 18-year-old with no older siblings to watch (and copy), I had almost no idea of where to go and what to do. These important decisions would impact the rest of my future, and I wanted to make the right ones.
My “College Road Trip”
To help me decide where to go to college, I decided to go visit the campuses of the three universities that had accepted me. I didn’t really know anything about these three universities except for the records of their football teams the previous season. I applied because they were close to home and relatively cheap. So, three months before graduation, my mom and I set out on my “college road trip.”
The first college was freezing cold, covered with snow, and perennially under construction. It had a poor selection of Chinese food in the cafeteria. It was the furthest away from home. It was my “backup” college.
But as we drove the three hours south to the next college, I felt a great sense of contentment. I didn’t notice the cold anymore, and was impressed with the beauty of the snowdrifts lining the freeway. I was perfectly at peace, perfectly happy.
The second college was much less cold and devoid of both snow and construction. It had a great selection of Chinese food, and delicious ice cream to boot. It was closer to home, and had offered me an amazing scholarship.
But as we drove south to the third school, I was very uneasy about the second school, even though on the surface it looked better than the first school we had visited. But I did not feel comfortable.
What is this feeling?
In the musical “Wicked,” Elphaba and Galinda ask, “What is this feeling, so sudden and new?” I asked myself the same question: “What is this feeling?” as I visited those first two colleges.
Answer: this feeling was the Holy Ghost.
What is the Holy Ghost?
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. The Godhead is comprised of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, who are separate beings. The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit.
What does the Holy Ghost do?
The Holy Ghost can guide and direct us to do good things. He can witness truth to us. He can warn us of danger. He can protect us from harm. He can help us make important decisions.
In this case, the Holy Ghost was telling me where to go. The peaceful feeling I had at the first college was the Holy Ghost telling me that this was the right place for me to go. The upsetting feeling I had at the second college was the Holy Ghost telling me that this was the wrong place for me.
Following the Holy Ghost
I knew that the Holy Ghost had told me where to go. But it was still hard to follow through. Choosing the first school seemed like the worst choice. It was the furthest from home. It had offered me only a small scholarship.
But… the minute I stepped on campus for my first semester, I knew I had made the right choice. As I continued to go to school there, I knew I was in the right place. Now that I have graduated, I would not trade my experiences there for anything.
Following the Holy Ghost has never led me to something bad. The Holy Ghost has always led me to something better than I would have led myself to.
You Are Never Alone With the Comforter
Sometimes life seems hopeless. It can seem like all roads are blocked to us and there is no relief. But the Holy Spirit can and will come to us, just as the Savior promised in John:
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Since receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost after my baptism, I have been able to feel the Holy Ghost often, almost daily. I have felt the comfort of the Holy Spirit in times of stress and trial; I have felt its warnings of danger; I have felt its direction as I make important choices; I have felt its peace in my daily life. The gift of the Holy Ghost is very important to me, and can be a part of everyone’s life so long as are baptized and confirmed by on who has authority and then repent continually and live worthily.
Megan is a graduate of BYU-Idaho and recently married member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is a writer and avid reader, and loves music, hiking, and her family.