GPC21: The Gift of the Holy Ghost, Gospel Principles Comments and Resources

Gospel Principles
Unit 6: The Gospel of Jesus Christ
Chapter 21: The Gift of the Holy Ghost
Comments and Resources

"President Joseph Fielding Smith said: "It is my judgment that there are many members of this Church who have been baptized for the remission of their sins, who have had hands laid upon their heads for the gift of the Holy Ghost, who have never received that gift, that is, the manifestations of it.  Why?  Because they have never put themselves in order to receive these manifestations.  They have never humbled themselves.  They have never taken the steps that would prepare them for the companionship of the Holy Ghost." (In Conference Report, Oct 1958, p. 21).

During the study of this topic we will learn what the gift of the Holy Ghost is, how you receive it, and the wonderful blessings that come to those who receive that gift.

Resources:
Gospel Principles: Chapter 21
A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, chapter 11
The Articles of Faith, chapter 8

Scriptures:

3 Nephi 18:35-39
  "35 And now I go unto the Father, because it is expedient that I should go unto the Father for your sakes.
  36 And it came to pass that when Jesus had made an end of these sayings, he touched with his hand the Disciples whom he had chosen, one by one, even until he had touched them all, and spake unto them as he touched them.
  37 And the multitude heard not the words which he spake, therefore they did not bear record; but the Disciples bare record that he gave them power to give the Holy Ghost.  And I will show unto you hereafter that this record is true. 
  38 And it came to pass that when Jesus had touched them all, there came a cloud and overshadowed the multitude that they could not see Jesus.
  39 And while they were overshadowed he departed from them, and ascended into heaven.  And the Disciples saw and did bear record that he ascended again into heaven."

3 Nephi 27:1-2, 20
  "1 And it came to pass that as the disciples of Jesus were journeying and were preaching the things which they had both heard and seen, and were baptizing in the name of Jesus, it came to pass that the disciples were gathered together and were united in mighty prayer and fasting.
  2 And Jesus again showed himself unto them, for they were praying unto the Father in his name; and Jesus came and stood in the midst of them, and said unto them: What will ye that I shall give unto you?
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  20 Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day."

John 16:1-14
  "1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.
  2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 
  3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. 
  4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them.  And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.
  5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou?
  6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.
  7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
  8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
  9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
  10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
  11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
  12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
  13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 
  14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you."



Acts 2; 8:9-20, 19:1-7
Acts 2  "Spirit poured out on day of Pentecost Peter testifies of Jesus resurrection He tells how to gain salvation and speaks of the gift of the Holy Ghost Many believe and are baptized."

Acts 8:9-20
  "9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
  10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
  11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
  12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
  13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. 
  14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
  15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
  16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
  17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
  18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
  19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
  20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money."

Acts 19:1-7
  "1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
  2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?  And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
  3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized?  And they said, Unto John's baptism.
  4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
  5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
  6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
  7 And all the men were about twelve."


Topical Guide:
                            Comforter
                            God, Spirit of
                            Hands, Laying on of
                            Holy Ghost
                            Holy Ghost, Baptism of
                            Holy Ghost, Gift of
                            Holy Ghost, Mission of
                            Holy Spirit
                            Lord, Spirit of
                            Remission of Sins
                            Sanctification, Sancitfy


Bible Dictionary:
                                Confirmation
                                Dove, Sign of
                                Holy Ghost
                                Laying on of Hands

Guide to the Scriptures:
                                             Baptism, Baptize
                                             Comforter
                                             Dove, Sign of the
                                             Gift of the Holy Ghost
                                             God, Godhead
                                             Holy Ghost
                                             Holy Spirit of Promise
                                             Inspiration, Inspire
                                             Revelation
                                             Unpardonable Sin

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Moroni 10:4-5
  "4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
  5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."

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