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Gift of Holy Ghost offers wisdom, 'light to the whole being'

PROVO, Utah — Power comes to Church members from the Holy Ghost when their righteous desires are based on appreciation of the atonement of the Son of God, said Paul Warner, chaplain and director of the BYU Student Athlete Center.

Addressing the topic, "Gospel Power in My Life," Aug. 14 during BYU Campus Education Week, Brother Warner said the gift of the Holy Ghost, as defined by Parley P. Pratt, who served as an apostle from 1835-1857, "quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges, expands, and purifies all the natural passions and affections, and adapts them, by the gift of wisdom, to their lawful use.

"It inspires, develops, cultivates and matures all the fine-toned sympathies, joys, tastes, kindred feelings and affections of our nature," he said quoting Elder Pratt. "It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness and charity. It develops beauty of person, form and features. It tends to health, vigor, animation and social feeling. It invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man. It strengthens and gives tone to the nerves. In short, it is, as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to the eyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole being."

Brother Warner said this power is within the reach of every member. It can be gained and maintained, he said, as members:

  • Learn regularly about the Lord.
  • Accept Him as their Savior on His terms.
  • Maintain the spirit of repentance and forgiveness.
  • Covenant to obey Him through gospel ordinances.

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