11. For all have not every gift given unto them; for there are many gifts, and to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God.
Each one of us has been given a gift of the spirit. Each one of us has the spirit to help guide us or help desphire what is wrong and right. Some call that our conscience, yes, but I believe it to be our spirit.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints after I was baptized, I received through ordinance the gift of the Holy Ghost.
With receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost I can see clearly how it has become a guide and a great influence in my everyday experiences.
Every morning I pray for the ability to listen closely to the spirit and follow it’s promptings.
In Gospel Principles from the churchofjesuschrist.org it says the Holy Ghost is…”His influence can be everywhere at once. His mission is to bear witness of the Father and the Son and of all truth. Furthermore, the Holy Ghost purifies, or sanctifies, us to prepare us to dwell in the presence of God. The Holy Ghost purifies our hearts so we no longer have the desire to do evil.”
Following it’s promptings
I have learned that when I follow a good feeling I know it comes from the spirit. I have also felt warnings and prompts to not listen to something, say something, or go do something in the moment of it happening. I also prayed beforehand about going through with something.
Sometimes these are big and sometimes they are small experiences.
Recently, I had an experience where I reached out to a friend to see how she was doing after having her twins. I was running on the treadmill and while I was listening to a talk, she came to my mind. Throughout the entire run I felt like I needed to contact her.
When I was finished I sent a quick text asking her how she was doing with her babies, if she was able to get rest, if she needed me to run errands for her, or provide meals. I wanted to provide my services to her.
Minutes after I sent the text she replied telling me how grateful she was for reaching out. She was sick at the time and was in bed most of the week while continuing trying to take care of all of her children.
After my conversation with her my mom and I went out and bought her a couple of meals and some goodies for her to have. We left them on her front door around dinner time so she didn’t have to make anything that night.
When she saw what was left for her at her door she sent me a text saying, “thank you for following the promptings of the spirit to reach out to me. I’m so grateful for the meal and that you were willing to serve.”
I had no idea what was going on with her before I sent that text. Yet, I am so grateful that I was able to listen to the spirit and reach out to her when I did.
Ignoring it’s promptings
Some very important lessons have come when I do not follow the spirit or listen to it’s promptings. I will be honest, this happens often for me. I am a person that is continually making mistakes but I am trying to grow and become better because of them.
To some this experience I had might not seem like a big deal or it could be a big deal. To me, it was a big deal and I knew I should have listened to the spirit.
I was out playing with my kids and my mom came up to talk about a conversation she had with someone in our family. This conversation was really sensitive to her and she came to me to express her feelings on it. I could see how important it was for her to talk about it.
For about five minutes she was telling me the details of the conversation. In my thoughts I wanted to engage and listen. I didn’t want to respond until I knew she was finished.
During the conversation I had a sarcastic thought come to my mind. I’m pretty sure it was funny or silly to say but most likely not in the specific conversation we were having. I felt the spirit tell me to not say it.
And guess what I did? I said it anyway. I giggled nervously because I was waiting for her reaction. I wasn’t trying to be serious. I was trying to lighten the mood and be sarcastic. She did let out a little chuckle and kept going on about her conversation.
My mom wasn’t offended or upset by what I said but I felt bad afterward because I didn’t listen to the spirit. I knew the comment I was going to say wasn’t going to be useful or even “that” funny in response to what she was saying.
I went ahead anyway when I knew it wasn’t right for me to say it.
The gift of the Spirit
There are big experiences and small ones like this where I have received a prompting to be cautious or careful with what I say and do and still go forward with it by ignoring the spirit.
I have learned a lot from these small and big experiences. What I have learned the most is how I want to grow further in my relationship with the Holy Ghost. I want to be a better listener. I want to use this gift I have received better.
Sometimes I grow and show up the way I want to by listening to the spirit and sometimes I learn what happens when I don’t listen. When I don’t listen it’s when I want to make sure I do listen next time and to listen better.
I know for myself that I haven’t felt my best when I ignored the spirit. The spirit is a gift from my Heavenly Father. I love this gift and I want to apply it to my life as much as I can.
This gift is a benefit for me to progress and to grow closer to my Father in Heaven.
26. And all these gifts come from God, for the benefit of the children of God.
I am learning everyday as I follow the spirit or ignore it’s promptings.
It’s following those promptings to reach out to a friend to see how she is doing that brings peace and love in my heart.
It’s those times where I should watch what I say because it can be hurtful.
Each experience I feel like I am able to desphire more with the spirit if I should say something or do something. I’m still learning. I’m still growing. I’m still ignoring it. I’m still not completely listening. But, I want to.
I am so grateful when I DO listen to the spirit. I feel a closeness to my Father in Heaven. I feel like I am filled with love. I show up better for myself as well.
I am thankful that the spirit continues to work with me when I don’t listen. I am positive that the spirit knows what is best. When the spirit is followed it’s a huge blessing to me mentally and spiritually.
32. And ye must give thanks unto God in the Spirit for whatsoever blessing ye are blessed with.
With this gift and the blessings that come from following the spirit I am granted more promptings. When I follow them I am able to serve, I am able to show my love for others, I am able to show love for myself. I feel better and I live better.
The Holy Ghost is our comfort and our guide. The spirit wants to comfort us. The spirit wants to be our helping hand. The spirit is our gift in this life.
When I use this helpful, loving, comforting gift I choose better choices and show up better for myself. I also feel more love and closeness with my Heavenly Father. That is an amazing and powerful gift.