Friday, June 26, 2015

Boyd K. Packer on the gift of the Holy Ghost

President Boyd K. Packer (1924- ) served as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve (a position that no longer exists) from 1961 to 1970, when he was called to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles.  He currently serves as the president of that Quorum.
"You can receive this great blessing—to become familiar with the still, small voice and learn that this voice will tell you all things that you must do. The word we use to describe this communication is promptings, the way we feel. These promptings can come many times, through many experiences. That is the voice of the Lord speaking.
"Nephi explained that angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost, and you can speak with the tongue of angels, which simply means that you can speak with the power of the Holy Ghost. It will be quiet. It will be invisible. There will not be a dove. There will not be cloven tongues of fire. But the power will be there."
- Boyd K. Packer, "The Gift of the Holy Ghost: What Every Member Should Know," address given at new mission presidents seminar, 6/24/2003; see Ensign, August 2006, pp. 46-52
Click here to read the full talk
President Packer's encouragement to church members is to become familiar with the way God communicates with his children, through gentle promptings. As we learn to listen and understand, our lives are blessed. But the extension of the principle is that we can also speak by the same power; when we have the Holy Ghost as a companion, the very nature of our communication with others is changed.

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