Spiritual devastation comes as individuals cut themselves off from the Holy Ghost, Steven Baugh told students gathered in the de Jong Concert Hall on the BYU campus for the spring semester's first devotional Tuesday, May 4. The Holy Ghost is a source of spiritual nourishment, he said.
When individuals are in tune with the Holy Ghost, Brother Baugh said, "we are blessed with the flow of influence and direction that can nourish our spirits and bring them life."
A professor in the David O. McKay School of Education, Brother Baugh spoke of the importance of the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost and how individuals can achieve it.
"Unquestionably, life is full of difficult choices," he said. "You students need the direction of the Spirit as much or more now than at any other time in your life. You are making so many critical, life-determining decisions. … You have some difficult choices to make and need help. The Holy Ghost can assist you in making these choices — if you do not allow circumstances to shock you into losing your connection."
Brother Baugh said individuals can have the Spirit guide them by keeping their channel open and strong. He gave four simple ways individuals can strengthen that connection.
Pray in faith continually.
"[The Lord] knows each of us. He wants to be involved in the details of our lives, and the whispering of the Spirit is one of the ways he does this," he said. "Prayer is one way that we invite Him to give us this blessing. … We can go to Him in prayer, even in the small and simple things."
Search the scriptures daily.
"We need to be diligent in our study of the scriptures and not take them for granted," he said. One way, Brother Baugh said individuals can be in tune with the Holy Ghost is to search the scriptures daily.
Keep the commandments always.
"We do not qualify for His direction through the Holy Ghost, and we certainly cannot become like the Savior, if we do not obey what He has commanded us to do," Brother Baugh said. "To me, the relationship is not complex. When we keep the commandments, we are happy. When we don't, we aren't."
Serve others willingly.
"There are so many ways we can serve, but sometimes we think of service in terms of position," he said. "We may think we need to be a counselor in the bishopric or the president of our elders quorum or Relief Society or teach the gospel doctrine class in order to give real service. It's just not so. … Giving service for the right reasons and without a formal calling makes us particularly sensitive to the guidance of the Holy Ghost. …
"The Holy Ghost is that vital connection all of us have with our Father in Heaven, through which we receive the nourishment of His wisdom, guidance and love."