“His Soul Shall Never Hunger nor Thirst, but Shall Be Filled; They Were Filled with the Spirit”

Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen

Partaking of the sacrament can be a glorious experience as we prepare to make and keep the commandments and covenants we have entered into. We have a desire to do good. We are enlightened. We feel love and peace. We feel the Spirit (see D&C 11:12–13; Galatians 5:22–23).

What are the fruits of being filled with the Spirit? We enter into the covenant of baptism that we might be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost (see 3 Nephi 27:20). We keep the commandments so that we can always have His Spirit to be with us (see Moroni 4:3; 5:2). We desire and pray to have the Spirit (see 3 Nephi 19:9). We hunger and thirst after righteousness that we might be filled with the Spirit (see 3 Nephi 12:6). We exercise faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and we can speak by the power of the Holy Ghost (see 1 Nephi 10:17). God bestows the power of the Holy Ghost upon those who love Him and purify themselves (see D&C 76:116). We seek to receive the word of God by the power of the Holy Ghost (see Moroni 8:7–9; D&C 68:3–5). As we trust in the Spirit we will have a desire to do good, walk humbly, judge righteously, be enlightened, and filled with joy (see D&C 11:12–13). The Lord will bestow a multitude of gifts by the Spirit according to our worthiness and needs (see Moroni 10:8–18; D&C 46:10–33). With the Spirit we can teach (see D&C 42:14). The Holy Ghost is the source of great blessings in our lives. We could not carry out the mission of the Church without the Holy Ghost and the supernal gifts of inspiration provided by Him. In all things the Spirit is the key to understanding and living the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our duty is to live worthy of the companionship of the Spirit so that we can serve the Lord and build the kingdom of God.

Commentaries and Insights on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 2