Saturday, January 12, 2019

Elder D. Todd Christofferson on covenants and the Holy Ghost

Elder D. Todd Christofferson (born January 24, 1945) was called to the Seventy in 1993, and as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in 2008.
"When we have entered into divine covenants, the Holy Ghost is our comforter, our guide, and our companion. The fruits of the Holy Spirit are '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). The gifts of the Holy Spirit are testimony, faith, knowledge, wisdom, revelations, miracles, healing, and charity, to name but a few (see D&C 46:13–26).
"It is the Holy Ghost that bears witness of your words when you teach and testify. It is the Holy Ghost that, as you speak in hostile venues, puts into your heart what you should say and fulfills the Lord’s promise that 'you shall not be confounded before men' (D&C 100:5). It is the Holy Ghost that reveals how you may clear the next seemingly insurmountable hurdle. It is by the Holy Ghost in you that others may feel the pure love of Christ and receive strength to press forward. It is also the Holy Ghost, in His character as the Holy Spirit of Promise, that confirms the validity and efficacy of your covenants and seals God’s promises upon you."
- D. Todd Christofferson, "The Power of Covenants," General Conference April 2009
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At the conclusion of a talk that discussed the power and importance of covenants, Elder Christofferson shared this interesting segment about the relationship of the Holy Ghost to those covenants. Covenants lead to the gifts of the Spirit as outlined in the scriptures, that can bless our lives in countless ways. They also bring the companionship of the Holy Ghost and all its attendant blessings to the life of the faithful disciple:

In addition to all of those profound blessings that come to us as we receive the blessings of the Holy Ghost into our lives, the final one completes Elder Christofferson's message: the Holy Spirit of Promise "confirms the validity and efficacy of your covenants and seals God’s promises upon you." How important it is that we seek and cultivate this gift in our life!

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2019)

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