“The Father Giveth the Holy Ghost Unto the Children of Men Because of Me”

Bryan Richards

Bruce C. Hafen

"Those who have not embraced the covenants of the doctrine of Christ are not entitled to this continuous and permanent healing influence in their lives, even though at times their prayers may be answered and special blessings given to them. This is the primary difference between having the gift of the Holy Ghost and being touched temporarily by its influence for some particular purpose. That holy gift is a result of the Atonement:

'The Father giveth the Holy Ghost unto the children of men, because of me,' the Savior said. (3 Nephi 28:11.) This gift is available to all who forsake their sins and embrace the gospel, thereby entering the gate that enables not only forgiveness but also all the blessings of belonging to Christ." (The Belonging Heart, p. 153)