Teachings of Presidents of the Church : Joseph Fielding Smith chapter 14 - The gift of the Holy Ghost
Doctrine and Covenants 130:22
22 The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us.
The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit. A spirit means he does not have a physical body, but the word personage indicates in the image of a person. It appears that he needs to be a spirit in order to perform his duties for mankind. Likely once the Earth in perfected and his work is done he will get a body.
The instructor talked about being at the temple yesterday. He said that there was a wedding and the wedding party was irreverent. I have noticed that most times I have witnessed a wedding group at the temple their overall behavior is inappropriate for the temple and rude to those around them. It is very difficult at times when with family and friends to remember to be reverent. It is something we all should be aware of.
He talked about how easily our behavior can drown out the Spirit, even in a holy place.
Reverence can help bring the Spirit. Reverence is more than being quiet. Reverence is our mental state. Reverence is our language and speech. We should work to develop reverence as part of our character, so it isn’t something we have to consciously focus on.
The Holy Ghost can't guide us if we are determined to follow our agenda no matter what.
Psalms are like, and can be hymns. Hymns are like, and can be prayers.
The teacher spent the time having us share hymns that we like that are based on Psalms.
Patriarchal blessings are personal scripture.
“A religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary [to lead] unto life and salvation; "(Joseph Smith, In Lectures on Faith, comp. N. B. Lundwall, Salt Lake City: N. B. Lundwall, n.d., p. 58.)
"Once there was a man who dreamed that he was in a great hall where all the religions of the world were gathered. He realized that each religion had much that seemed desirable and worthy.
He met a nice couple who represented The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and asked, ‘What do you require of your members?’
‘We do not require anything,’ they replied. ‘But the Lord asks that we consecrate all.’" (President Dieter F Uchtdorf, Come, Join With Us, October 2013 General Conference)
It is true that pretty much anyone can be a member of the Church, even if they do not give it their all. Nonetheless, if we are to become like God and to live where he lives we have to learn to put forth great effort and make many sacrifices.Have a good attitude about your home teaching and about having home teachers.