The greatest stage production of the universe is going on right now—and the action is happening on Earth. We all have a part to play in making it successful. The Lord is giving directions, and it behooves us to hear Him.
Just like Mr. Stewart in the Parable of the Associate Director, God knows what we need to do, what He wants us to become, and what He is doing. But the parable was less about the director than it was about his associate director.
We can be like Garrett, the main character in the parable, eager to get everything right. But no matter how willing we are, we need help. It’s through God’s gifts to us that this venture will be successful.
One of those gifts is that of the Holy Ghost, a gift of the companionship and fruits of a member of the Godhead. Like the titular character of the parable, Tessa, the Holy Ghost is here with us on stage.
Throughout the scriptures, the Lord or His angels appeared in person to prophets and apostles. For the rest of us, He usually communicates through the Holy Ghost. After baptism, we can receive the laying on of hands by one holding authority and obtain the gift of the Holy Ghost, or the right to constant companionship and communion with him. On one of his visits to Ephesus, Paul found disciples who had not received this gift after they were baptized, so Paul baptized them again and then conferred upon them the gift of the Holy Ghost. That brought with it additional spiritual gifts (Acts 19:1–6).
When we have taken these steps, then for the rest of our lives, we can have the Holy Ghost whisper to us what to say, direct us where to be, calm us and point us in the right direction when we’re unsure what to do, and give us confidence and courage to do it. Sometimes he will even bring us down a notch if we’re getting a little too sure of ourselves.
It’s easy to take this gift for granted once we have it, perhaps because we don’t see the Holy Ghost and he works quietly and subtly. We may not realize everything he’s doing. But the worth of this gift is inestimable. It’s a sign of Heavenly Father’s love that each of us can receive this gift and enjoy its blessings and benefits if we have taken the requisite steps and stay on the path of discipleship.
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The hard part is learning how to hear His voice when you’re busy running around doing all the “things” of the day.
Taking time to listen is something that can be hard for many of us, whether it’s listening to the Holy Ghost or each other.