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Holy Ghost - Holy Spirit

Moses gives us a definition of the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit.

Therefore it is given to abide in you; the record of heaven; the Comforter; the peaceable things of immortal glory; the truth of all things; that which quickeneth all things, which maketh alive all things; that which knoweth all things, and hath all power according to wisdom, mercy, truth, justice, and judgment. (Moses 6:61)

When I read "it is given to abide in you . . . the Comforter" of course I know that it is talking about the Holy Ghost. But then I realize that I need to accept all of the verse and it's implication about how I need to understand the Holy Ghost.

  • given to abide in you
  • the record of heaven
  • the Comforter
  • the peaceable things of immortal glory
  • the truth of all things
  • that which quickeneth all things
  • which maketh alive all things
  • that which knoweth all things
  • hath all power according to wisdom, mercy, truth, justice and judgement.
These each tell me more about the Holy Ghost that abides in me. In fact this now brings me to better understanding the Lectures on Faith that during the time of Joseph Smith defined the "doctrine" portion of the Doctrine and Covenants.

And he being the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, and having overcome, received a fullness of the glory of the Father - possessing the same mind with the Father; which Mind is the Holy Spirit, that bears record of the Father and the Son; and these three are one, or in other words, these three constitute the great, matchless, governing, and supreme power over all things; by whom all things were created and made, that were created and made: and these three constitute the Godhead and are one: the Father and the Son possessing the same mind, the same wisdom, glory, power, and fullness; (Lecture 5:2)

Here is a more complete discussion about the Holy Ghost.