HERE IS THE LINK.. https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/10/the-holy-ghost-as-your-companion?lang=eng
If you don't know who the Holy Ghost is or what I am talking about.. this other link will help you to understand and learn more. https://www.lds.org/topics/holy-ghost?lang=eng
The Holy Ghost can guide and direct us on our path of life. He can help us to know what is good and what is bad! You will be able to discern and avoid temptation. THAT alone makes me want to be worthy to have the Holy Ghost with me. But, that's not it. The Holy Ghost testifies of truth and bears witness of the Father and the Son. You can know for yourself if the gospel is true! The Holy Ghost is a comforter. We can feel peace and understand more fully the Plan of Salvation.
I think we can all agree that the Holy Ghost is a huge blessing. Without the Holy Ghost, we would never know the truth fully and with surety. It would be impossible! God loves us, so He gave us this gift-- the gift of the Holy Ghost, which is given to us through priesthood authority after baptism.
I want this blog post to open your heart and inspire you to have the Spirit with you always.. which is the promise we get in the sacrament prayer if we live worthy of it. It's my favorite promise. To always have a member of the Godhead with us? It's incredible.. AND IT'S PROMISED TO US by our Heavenly Father! How cool is that?
1. CLEAN YOUR SPACE. This may sound crazy coming from me.. (Because as I type, my room is a total mess.) .. but the Spirit can not dwell in unholy places. If your house/room is a wreck, it will be hard to feel at peace. There will be something off and you will feel unorganized. Even though cleaning seems like such a temporal thing, it will affect your ability to listen to the promptings of the Spirit. I know I need to do better at this. Ashley Frederickson, founder of PowerOfOneGirl, reminded me the other day of how importance it is to use SATURDAY to help you get ready for SUNDAY. I challenge everyone to get your house in order for the Sabbath and it will make your house a beautiful place for the Spirit to be.
2. HAVE QUIET MORNINGS. I absolutely love this and was definitely inspired by Al Carraway and IT HAS HELPED ME SO MUCH. I wake up every day.. AND I resist the temptation to look at my phone. I kneel down at my bed (Yes, kneeling makes it 1000x more powerful!) and pray to my Father in Heaven. I try to be awake and really think about what I am saying. It's incredible knowing that God listens. I can testify that He does. After that, when I go to eat breakfast.. I READ MY SCRIPTURES. For me, this has been a perfect time. As Al Carraway would said, you're feeding the body and the spirit. AND I LOVE THAT. It's important to do both and keep yourself healthy-- temporally and spiritually. I have noticed a difference completely. I am showing God that I care more about saying prayers and reading scriptures than anything else. THEN, because you are doing amazing things.. you will have the Spirit with you immediately.. AS SOON AS YOU WAKE UP. Wow. It has changed my whole world, truly. I used to have scripture study at the way end of my night.. and it was so hard. I would fall asleep EVERY TIME. Also, don't we need the power of scripture to help us through out our day? I think so! I testify that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and it will change your life... read it everyday!
3. FILL YOUR MIND WITH THE GOOD. I could talk about this topic forever. But, everything you do matters! So, please think about your standards. Remember the covenants you have made with the Lord-- to always remember Him. Can you remember Him when you are watching a very inappropriate TV show? Having the Spirit with you is way more important than listening to that song on the radio.. It can be hard because we live in this very appealing world. BUT, YOU GOT THIS. I am not perfect at everything. But, I try to remember "what would Jesus do?". NOW.. here is the fun part; filling your mind with good things. I can't help but think about the Thirteenth Article of Faith.. "anything that is virtuous."
--- I LISTEN to Mormon Channel Daily every day. Hahah. I love Charlotte (the host). They are always ten minutes or less and the topics are always what I need. AND YOU NEED IT IN YOUR LIFE.. so start listening. I listen when I am in the car or at my house. It's so great. http://www.mormonchannel.org/listen/series/mormon-channel-daily-audio
--- CONFERENCE TALKS WILL SAVE YOU, because they save me. Conference talks are not just for conference weekend.. they are for always.. because the talks ARE SCRIPTURE-- truly the words of God. I know this to be true. I have found a new love for modern day prophets and revelation. I am sooo excited for Conference this weekend. ARE YOU TUNING IN? Make time this weekend to really watch and listen. You will be blessed! PREPARE for this weekend with questions.. https://www.lds.org/general-conference/answers-to-personal-questions?cid=HP_MO_28-3-2016_dPFD_fGC_xLIDyL1-A_&lang=eng
--- De-clutter your social media. I use social media constantly. But, what helps me.. is that I only follow and read GOOD THINGS. Social media is what you make of it. If you don't feel uplifted, you might want to re-evaluate who you follow. ONE OF THE BEST THINGS.. is following all of the apostles on Facebook and Twitter. https://www.lds.org/media-library/social?lang=eng
4. MAKE THE TEMPLE YOUR GOAL. It needs to be your main focus. Go to the temple often. Plan the temple in your schedule.. it is worth it. And we are so blessed to be so close to a temple! I have found so much joy in going once a week to perform sacred ordinances inside those walls of the temple. The temple is not of this world.. you will feel the Spirit. You will start to care more about your eternal purpose than anything else. As you serve in the temple, you will feel God's love for you. You will love your family more and life makes more sense. It is true. You will find PEACE. If you can not go inside the temple right now, go to the Visitor's Center. I always have an incredible time talking to the missionaries and reading my scriptures on the grounds. You will know you are in a sacred place. ALWAYS make the temple a goal.. I don't know how many times I can say it. But, I love the temple! And I want you to love the temple, too! Hang pictures in your bedroom and your house of the temple.. As you focus on the temple, your focus will also be on the Savior, Jesus Christ. You will always remember Him.
XOXO. --Alec Marie