Following the Promptings of the Holy Ghost

  • February 2, 2017
  • Bill Ward
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Following the Promptings of the Holy Ghost

When we receive the Holy Ghost we must be mindful of promptings and follow faithfully.

What are promptings of the Holy Ghost?

In 1 Nephi 17:45:

“45 Ye are swift to do iniquity but slow to remember the Lord your God. Ye have seen an angel, and he spake unto you; yea, ye have heard his voice from time to time; and he hath spoken unto you in a still small voice, but ye were past feeling, that ye could not feel his words; wherefore, he has spoken unto you like unto the voice of thunder, which did cause the earth to shake as if it were to divide asunder.”

We learn here that the Holy Ghost speaks to us in a “still small voice.” I have read this many times but was curious what exactly that meant. This past Sunday at church, I found out. I recently received the Aaronic Priesthood and have the opportunity to bless the sacrament. Normally, this would not be a big deal except I go to a spanish speaking ward and I don’t speak spanish much at all. So for the past several weeks I have been practicing every night saying the sacrament prayers in spanish.

Every weekend I get so nervous that I never volunteer to do so. I want desperately to do it my best and be of the best service to my ward. This past Sunday, something changed. As my family and I moved to our usual row and my wife and kids sat down. I however, hesitated for the first time. I felt down to my very being a need to go give the sacrament prayer. I’m not sure why but without hesitation I walked up to the branch president and asked if I could bless the water. To my surprise he said yes! Despite knowing full well that my abilities in spanish are lacking at best! I sat diligently in the appropriate spot and waited till the designated time.

“I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.

“Now, behold, this is the spirit of revelation; behold, this is the spirit by which Moses brought the children of Israel through the Red Sea on dry ground.”

D&C 8:2-3

As I waited my thoughts drifted into doubt and second guessing. I didn’t let these get any traction and instead summarily dismissed them. As the second hymn ended I said the sacrament. I didn’t remember saying it but I do remember my heart was pounding. Apparently, my nervousness exhibited itself in my lack of knowledge in proper spanish pronunciation and I was directed to repeat the sacrament. I calmed the thoughts in my head and cleared everything from my mind and read the sacrament again. This time I did it perfectly!

The joyous feeling I had that day was indescribable.

Blessing of following the promptings of the Holy Ghost

After that day, I now know what that “still small voice” sounds like. I wait for it diligently and ever stand ready to answer its callings by following the commandments and living worthily. It is my hope that through me the light of Heavenly Father will shine. I can testify that if you too listen for these promptings of the Holy Ghost and answer faithfully you will be blessed.