Holy Ghost Baptism Talk - One of God's Greatest Gifts

Ann Jamison, "Sharing Time: One of God's Greatest Gifts," Friend, June 2000, 43

If you could have your choice of any gift in the world, what would it be? There are many wonderful gifts we might receive in this life, but President Wilford Woodruff taught that there is one that is more precious than all the rest. President Woodruff said, "You may have the administration of angels, you may see many miracles; ... but I claim that the gift of the Holy Ghost is the greatest gift that can be bestowed upon man." Heavenly Father promises this great gift to all who are baptized and keep their baptismal covenant.

When you are given a gift for your birthday, if you want to keep it, you must take care of it. It is the same with the gift of the Holy Ghost. There are important things you must do so that He will be your constant companion.

Heavenly Father gives the Holy Ghost to those who obey Him. You obey Him when you choose to be baptized. You obey Him when you pray each day and study His words in the scriptures. You obey Him when you obey your parents. You obey Him when you are kind, honest, patient, and loving toward others. You obey Him when you keep His commandments. You obey Him by remembering His Son, Jesus Christ, and trying to do what He would have you do. As you do these things, you will be worthy to have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost.

Why is it important to have the Holy Ghost as a companion? The Holy Ghost will guide you and help you to choose the right (see D&C 11:12-14). You must learn to choose the right in order to be worthy to live again with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

The Holy Ghost is called the Comforter (see John 14:26). He can give you peace and comfort when you are sad or lonely or worried.

How can you know when you have the Holy Ghost with you? When you feel love or joy or peace or patience, when you are gentle and kind, you are feeling the influence of the Holy Ghost in your life.

Sometimes we say that the Holy Ghost "whispers." We hear His voice with more than our ears--we "hear" Him with our minds and our hearts (see D&C 8:2).

President Ezra Taft Benson gave this important counsel: "Pray to Heavenly Father to bless you with His Spirit at all times. ... The Holy Ghost is ... a gift from Heavenly Father. ... He whispers to you in a still, small voice to do right. When you do good, you feel good, and that is the Holy Ghost speaking to you. The Holy Ghost is a wonderful companion. He is always there to help you." (Ensign, May 1989, page 82.)

When you are baptized, confirmed and told to receive the Holy Ghost, and keep your promises to Heavenly Father, He will bless you with the greatest gift in this world: the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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This sharing time lesson (follow the link above) has a cool treasure box with some gifts of the spirit that might make a good object lesson to use with this talk - j.

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Thanks a lot for this! My

Thanks a lot for this! My friend (a convert) is getting baptized today and he asked me yesterday if I could give a talk about receiving the Holy Ghost. This really helped me put together some resources for it!

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this helped me a ton! i am

this helped me a ton! i am less then active and i was asked tonight to give a talk tomorrow. this helped me understand what i was going to talk about and i feel comfortable about what i am about to say!