Holy Ghost `enlarges our minds, our hearts, our understanding'

The Holy Ghost leads Church members to the Lord, binds them to Him and irrevocably seals their testimony of Him, said Sheri L. Dew at the Relief Society general meeting Sept. 26.

"We are not alone," said Sister Dew, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency.Church members, she said, have been promised the constant companionship of the third member of the Godhead and hence the privilege of receiving revelation for their own lives.

"The Holy Ghost enlarges our minds, our hearts and our understanding; helps us subdue weaknesses and resist temptation; inspires humility and repentance; guides and protects us in miraculous ways; and gifts us with wisdom, divine encouragement, peace of mind, a desire to change, and the ability to differentiate between the philosophies of men and revealed truth."

Without the Holy Ghost, she explained, it is impossible for Church members to comprehend their personal mission or to have the reassurance that their course is right.

"Our Church is a Church of revelation," Sister Dew continued. "Our challenge is not one of getting the Lord to speak to us. Our problem is hearing what He has to say."

It is vital that sisters of Relief Society learn to hear the voice of the Lord. "We can't afford not to seek the things of the Spirit. There is too much at stake. Too many people are depending on us as mothers, sisters, leaders and friends."

It is Church members' responsibility, she said, to learn to hear the voice of the Lord.

"Some of the clearest promptings I have ever received have come while being immersed in the scriptures," Sister Dew noted. "They are a conduit for revelation. They teach us the language of the Spirit."

The ability to hear spiritually is also linked to one's willingness to work at it, she added. "Worshiping in the temple, repenting to become increasingly pure, forgiving and seeking forgiveness, and earnest fasting and prayer all increase our receptivity to the Spirit. Spiritual work works, and is the key to learning to hear the voice of the Lord as relayed through promptings of the Spirit."

The adversary delights in separating the sisters of the Church from the Spirit because he knows of their vital influence in the latter-day kingdom of God, said Sister Dew.

"There is no group of women anywhere whom the Lord is relying on more than us," she said. "Women who can hear, and who will heed, the voice of the Lord. . . .

"Tonight may each one of us resolve that nothing will stand between us and the Spirit of the Lord. May we recommit to stretch ourselves spiritually and to work a little harder at seeking the inspiration of heaven to guide our lives."

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