Who is the Holy Ghost? “The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. He is a personage of spirit, without a body of flesh and bones. He is often referred to as the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of the Lord, or the Comforter” (see Gospel Topics). We know of key attributes of the Holy Spirit from the scriptures:
1) The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead. The Godhead consists of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. They are “one” (in purpose and intent and knowledge) yet are separate beings; the former Mormon prophet (president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”), Joseph Smith, stated:
… these three are one; or, in other words, these three constitute the great, matchless, governing and supreme power over all things; by whom all things were created and made … and these three constitute the Godhead, and are one” (Quoted in Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 2nd ed., Bookcraft, Inc., 1966, p. 320).
2) The Holy Spirit, like us, can only be in one place at one time—yet his influence and power can be everywhere. This can be likened to the sun. The sun can only be in one place, but it’s warmth and power can be felt anywhere that it touches (see modern day scripture Doctrine and Covenants 88:12).
Roles of the Holy Spirit
As a member of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit has a vital role in enacting our Father’s plan to “bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39). He, like God the Father and Jesus Christ, has specific roles. Some of his roles include:
1. He “witnesses of the Father and the Son” (2 Nephi 31:18).
2. He teaches “the truth of all things” (Moroni 10:5).
3. The Holy Spirit brings “unto” (2 Nephi 33:1) our hearts a testimony of God and His plan—which we can choose to accept or deny.
4. The Holy Spirit can help us with our decisions and protect us from danger, both physical and spiritual.
5. Through him, we can receive gifts of the Spirit (see Doctrine and Covenants 46:9–11, 1 Corinthians 12).
6. The Holy Ghost is also known as the Comforter (John 14:26), giving us comfort in times of spiritual, physical, and emotional need.
In essence, the Holy Spirit is an actual spirit being, whose influence can be felt anywhere and everywhere in order to accomplish His role in bringing to pass our Heavenly Father’s plan. He, like God, is a perfect being, and thus follows the counsel of the Lord found in 2 Corinthians 6:17 to “touch not the unclean thing.” This means that he, nor his influence, will dwell in unholy places. As a Mormon, I follow the counsel found in the words of living prophets, and the words in scripture to “stand in holy places,” so that I can always be available to hear the whispering of the Spirit and feel of his influence; the consequence of such will be to draw near to my Savior, Jesus Christ.
I admonish you to learn more about the Holy Spirit; seek his companionship by dwelling in holy places. I also invite you to learn from Mormon Missionaries about how you can be baptized so that you might enjoy the blessings of the Holy Spirit in even greater abundance. One of the greatest blessings that come from being a Mormon is that when you are a baptized member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you are then able to receive the Holy Ghost to be your constant companion (as pertaining to your faithfulness). This is a blessing that I will forever be grateful for. I know that God lives and He loves His children, and He has provided a way for us to live with Him again—and the great Holy Spirit is part of that plan.
This article was written by Ashley Bell, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Ashley Bell is a 22-year old wife, mother, BYU graduate, and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ashley loves to run, cook, garden, read, and most of all spend time with family and friends.