The Holy Ghost can help you and guide you in your life. You must be prayerful and ask the Lord to lead you each day in your desires to become a better person, and as you help your spouse and raise your children. Have faith and the Lord will guide you. It is known as the “still small voice.” If you listen carefully, it will teach you, warn you and comfort you. It can take away feelings of frustration, anger, and hatred from your heart. It will soothe your soul and you will have feelings of love and peace.
Elder Boyd K. Packer said, “The voice of the Spirit is described in the scripture as being neither loud nor harsh. But rather, a still voice of perfect mildness, as if it had been a whisper, and it can pierce even to the very soul and cause the heart to burn. It caresses so gently that if we are preoccupied we may not feel it at all. Occasionally it will press just firmly enough for us to pay heed. But most of the time, if we do not heed the gentle feeling, the Spirit will withdraw and wait until we come seeking and listening.” (The Candle of the Lord, Elder Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, 1982.)
One day my mother had a feeling that something was wrong concerning one of her children. When the feeling would not leave, she dropped what she was doing and walked outside. Looking around, she didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. All seemed fine, but the feeling persisted. When she heard my father’s truck at the side of the house, she knew he was working. Curious, she walked around the house and found one of her daughter’s pinned against the side of an embankment with no way out. My father hadn’t seen me and was backing up to unload. If he would have gone another inch, he would have crushed my leg and broken it in half. Yelling at the top of her voice, he heard my mother and pulled away from the embankment. What would have happened if she hadn’t been receptive to the Holy Ghost?
I believe we have to endure man trials in life such as a child’s broken leg, but times like this teaches us to follow the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. The Lord will give direction and inspire you in a variety of ways. If you realize all the different ways you can be inspired, you will understand a little better and be aware of the inspiration of the Holy Ghost.
Peace of Mind. The feeling of peace is over-looked at times. When one feels calm is an answer to prayers. The Lord said, “Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?” (D&C 6:23)
When a family was undergoing a stressful time, they turned to the Lord for help. Their one-year-old daughter had viral meningitis and the doctor told them that she could live or die within the next 24 hours. They prayed and fasted, and told the Lord, “Thy will be done.” A feeling of peace came over them. Anxiety left their souls. They didn’t know if she would live, but the Lord blessed them with peace of mind to endure this trial. Their little daughter eventually recovered.
Your Bosom Will Burn. When your bosom burns, it’s a warm feeling within us, confirms an answer to prayers or to the truthfulness of what is being said. “If it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right. But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong.” (D&C 9:8-9)
What is this “burning” feeling? The word “burning” indicates a feeling of warmth, comfort and peace.
Joseph Fielding McConkie wrote: “The language of peace, as spoken by the Lord, embraces a sense of quiet confidence, comfort, and warmth. It is gentle and calm, amiable and sweet; it is temperate and kind; it is orderly and identified by happiness, joy, and feelings of love.” (The Holy Ghost, Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, 1989, 14.)
When two disciples met the resurrected Savior on the way to Emmaus, they visited with him, not knowing who he was. They invited the Savior to their home to eat since it was late in the day. As they sat at the table, the Savior took the bread, blessed it, and then tore pieces off for the disciples to eat. After listening to him and watching him, the disciples recognized that he was the Savior. After he left, the disciples said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” (Luke 24:32)
Our Mind And Heart Are One. The spirit will speak to our mind and heart together. It will make sense to our mind, and our heart will feel it at the same time. The Lord said, “I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.” (D&C 8:2)
Elder Jay Jensen said, “When the Holy Ghost speaks, our minds may be struck with insight and clarity akin to sudden light. At the same time, our hearts may burn or we may feel flooded with joy or deep gratitude or love. Whatever particular feelings occur, they occur simultaneously in the mind and in the heart.” (Jay E. Jensen, “Have I Received an Answer from the Spirit?”, Ensign, Apr. 1989, 21)
It is when your mind says to you, “Of course, that makes sense.” Then everything becomes clear to us. The Lord promised, “I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy.” (D&C 11:13)
A Thought Stays In Our Minds. Many times a thought will come to us and it seems to weigh on our minds. Elder Jay Jensen explains how the Holy Ghost can work on us. “A subject or thought will stay with us, and we may mull over it or reflect upon it again and again until we understand it more thoroughly.”
One day the subject of my daughter’s happiness came to mind and it would not leave. She had moved away from home and was living on her own, but something was wrong. After bringing up the subject and explaining my concerns, she broke into tears and said to me, “Mom, how did you know I was feeling that way?” That gave us the opportunity to talk about the problems she was having. She had been holding back her feelings this whole time and now she was letting it out. Afterwards she thanked me for listening to a “mother’s intuition.” This is not the first time this has happened to me with my children.
If we listen carefully and pray for his guidance, then the Lord will be able to guide us. Penelope Moody Allen wrote the words to a beloved hymn:
Let the Holy Spirit guide; Let him teach us what is true.
He will testify of Christ, Light our minds with heaven’s view.
(Hymns, no. 143.)