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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Elder Packer urges young LDS to understand gift of the Holy Ghost
BYU Newsnet 5Mar00 D3
By Emily Cannon: NewsNet Staff Writer

OREM, UTAH -- Speaking at the monthly CES fireside at Utah Valley State College on Sunday evening, March 5th, Elder Boyd K. Packer, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told students that every Church member has the right and obligation to understand the Holy Ghost. Drawing from the Book of Mormon, Packer said he thinks many LDS Church members still don't understand the gift of the Holy Ghost. "I think we can imagine that, because every one of us at times, and many of us, all the time, have no appreciation or understanding of the gift that we have," Elder Packer said.

According to Elder Packer, the Lord taught that the Holy Ghost is available to everyone, "It is available and should be present with every member of the church," he said. He also noted that for the most part, LDS Church members don't know that they have the supernal gift conferred upon them. He urged Church members to ask for the Holy Ghost's help in their daily prayers, "Begin asking for the gift of the Holy Ghost," he said. "The message that is most repeated in all revelations is said in many ways but said simply 'Ask and ye shall receive.'"

Packer pointed out that in the well-known painting that portrays the Saviour standing outside of a door and knocking the door has no handle. He said that the artist accurately represented the hear'ts door, which opens only from within. "You will not be forced to change your lives and admit the inspiration of the Holy Ghost," Elder Packer said. "But you will not be denied the gift."


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