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Learning how God speaks to you through the Holy Ghost is essential to your learning. The Holy Ghost can teach you, witness of truth, and give you access to God’s power so that you can accomplish your goals and serve others.

President Brian Ashton How We Hear Him Study Material

Below are scriptures and quotes from prophets and apostles that have helped BYU-Pathway President Brian K. Ashton better understand how God speaks to him. Whether you read five scriptures each day or you read them all at once, consider writing down what you learn and feel and pondering how you can rely on the Holy Ghost more in your education.

Ponder & Record

  • What do you learn from these scriptures about the Holy Ghost and how He speaks to you?
  • How does it make you feel to know that God wants to speak with you?
  • What experiences with hearing and following the voice of God, including in your education, could you share in your next gathering?
  • What answers to prayer are you seeking? What can you do to invite the Holy Ghost more into your life so you can recognize these answers?
  • Bible
  • Book of Mormon
  • Doctrine and Covenants
  • Quotes
Bible
Exodus
Exodus 35:31-35

31 And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;

32 And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,

33 And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work.

34 And he hath put in his heart that he may teach, both he, and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.

35 Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work.
1 Kings
1 Kings 19:11–13
11 ​And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the ​​Lord​​. And, behold, the ​​Lord​​ passed by, and a great and strong wind rent ​​the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the ​​Lord​​; ​but​ the ​​Lord​​ ​was​ not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; ​but​ the ​​Lord​​ ​was​ not in the earthquake:

​​​​​12 ​And after the earthquake a fire; ​but​ the ​​Lord​​ ​was​ not in the fire: and after the fire a ​​​still​ small ​​​voice​.

​​13 ​And it was ​so,​ when Elijah heard ​it,​ that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, ​there came​ a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
Jeremiah
Jeremiah 20:9

9 ​Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But ​his word​ was in mine heart as a ​​​burning​ fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not ​​​​stay​.
Ezekiel
Ezekiel 36:27

​27 And I will put my ​​​spirit​ within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do ​them.
Matthew
Matthew 16:16–17

16 ​And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the ​​​Christ​, the ​​​Son​ of the ​​​living God​.

​​​​​17 ​And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon ​​​Bar-jona​: for flesh and blood hath not ​​​revealed​ ​it​ unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Luke
Luke 24:32

​32 And they said one to another, Did not our ​​​heart​ ​​​burn​ within us, while he ​​​talked​ with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
John
John 14:26

26 ​But the ​​​Comforter​, ​which is​ the ​​​Holy Ghost​, whom the Father will send in my ​​​name​, he shall ​​​teach​ you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 16:13

​13 Howbeit when he, the ​​​Spirit of truth​, is come, he will ​​​guide​ you into all ​​​truth​: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, ​that​ shall he speak: and he will ​​​shew​ you things to come.

John 16:14

​14 He shall ​​​glorify​ me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew ​it​ unto you.

John 16:8

​8 And when he is come, he will ​​​reprove​ the world of sin, and of ​​​righteousness​, and of judgment:
Acts
Acts 2:37

37 ​​Now when they heard ​this,​ they were ​​​pricked​ in their ​​​heart​, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men ​and​ brethren, ​​​what​ shall we do?

Acts 19:6

6 ​And when Paul had laid ​his​ hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with ​​​tongues​, and prophesied.
Romans
Romans 14:17

17 ​For the kingdom of God is not ​​​meat​ and drink; but ​​​righteousness​, and ​​​peace​, and ​​​joy​ in the Holy Ghost.

Romans 15:13

13 ​Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and ​​​peace​ in believing, that ye may abound in ​​​hope​, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians 12:3

3 ​Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and ​that​ no man can ​​​say​ that Jesus is the ​​​Lord​, but by the ​​​Holy Ghost​.

1 Corinthians 12:8–10

8 ​For to one is ​​​given​ by the ​​​Spirit​ the ​​​word​ of ​​​wisdom​; to another the word of ​​​knowledge​ by the same Spirit;

​​​​​9 ​To another ​​​faith​ by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of ​​​healing​ by the same Spirit;

​​​​​10 ​To another the working of ​​​miracles​; to another ​​​prophecy​; to another ​​​discerning​ of spirits; to another ​divers​ kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of ​​​tongues​:
Galatians
Galatians 5:22–23

22 ​But the ​​​fruit​ of the ​​​Spirit​ is ​​​love​, ​​​joy​, ​​​peace​, ​​​longsuffering​, ​​​gentleness​, goodness, ​​​faith​,

​​​​​​​​23 Meekness​, ​​​temperance​: against such there is no law.
1 Thessalonians
1 Thessalonians 1:5–6

5 ​For our ​​​gospel​ ​​​came​ not unto you in ​​​word​ only, but also in ​​​power​, and in the ​​​Holy Ghost​, and in much assurance; as ye know what ​​​manner​ of men we were among you for your sake.

​​​​​6 ​And ye became ​​​followers​ of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much ​​​affliction​, with ​​​joy​ of the Holy Ghost:
2 Peter
2 Peter 1:19, 21

​​​​19 We​ have also a more ​​​sure​ word of ​​​prophecy​; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day ​​​star​ arise in your hearts:

​21 For the ​​​prophecy​ came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God ​​​spake​ ​as they were​ ​​​moved​ by the ​​​Holy Ghost​.
Revelation
Revelation 19:10

10 ​And I ​​​fell​ at his feet to ​​​worship​ him. And he said unto me, See ​thou do it​ not: I am thy ​​​fellowservant​, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: …for the ​​​testimony​ of Jesus is the spirit of ​​​prophecy​.
Book of Mormon
1 Nephi
1 Nephi 1:6–11

6 ​And it came to pass as he prayed unto the Lord, there came a ​​​pillar​ of fire and dwelt upon a rock before him; and he saw and heard much; and because of the things which he saw and heard he did ​​​quake​ and tremble exceedingly.

7 ​And it came to pass that he returned to his own house at Jerusalem; and he cast himself upon his bed, being ​​​overcome​ with the Spirit and the things which he had seen.

​​​​​8 ​And being thus overcome with the Spirit, he was carried away in a ​​​vision​, even that he saw the ​​​heavens​ open, and he thought he ​​​saw​ God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels in the attitude of singing and praising their God.

​​​​​9 ​And it came to pass that he saw One descending out of the midst of heaven, and he beheld that his ​​​luster​ was above that of the sun at noon-day.

​​​​​10 ​And he also saw ​​​twelve​ others following him, and their brightness did exceed that of the stars in the firmament.

​​​​​11 ​And they came down and went forth upon the face of the earth; and the first came and ​​​stood​ before my father, and gave unto him a ​​​book​, and bade him that he should read.

1 Nephi 1:12–15

12 ​And it came to pass that as he read, he was filled with the ​​​Spirit​ of the Lord.

​​​​13 ​And he read, saying: Wo, wo, unto Jerusalem, for I have seen thine ​​​abominations​! Yea, and many things did my father read concerning ​​​Jerusalem​—that it should be destroyed, and the inhabitants thereof; many should perish by the sword, and many should be ​​​carried away​ captive into Babylon.

​​​​​14 ​And it came to pass that when my father had read and seen many great and marvelous things, he did exclaim many things unto the Lord; such as: Great and marvelous are thy works, O Lord God Almighty! Thy throne is high in the heavens, and thy ​​​power​, and goodness, and mercy are over all the inhabitants of the earth; and, because thou art merciful, thou wilt not suffer those who ​​​come​ unto thee that they shall perish!

​​​​​15 ​And after this manner was the language of my father in the praising of his God; for his soul did rejoice, and his whole heart was filled, because of the things which he had seen, yea, which the Lord had shown unto him.

1 Nephi 4:6–7

6 ​And I was ​​​led​ by the Spirit, not ​​​knowing​ beforehand the things which I should do.

​​​​​7 ​Nevertheless I went forth, and as I came near unto the house of Laban I beheld a man, and he had fallen to the earth before me, for he was ​​​drunken​ with wine.

1 Nephi 10:17

17 And it came to pass after I, Nephi, having heard all the words of my father, concerning the things which he saw in a vision, and also the things which he spake by the power of the Holy Ghost, which power he received by faith on the Son of God—and the Son of God was the Messiah who should come—I, Nephi, was desirous also that I might see, and hear, and know of these things, by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is the gift of God unto gall those who diligently seek him, as well in times of hold as in the time that he should manifest himself unto the children of men.

1 Nephi 10:19

19 For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round.

1 Nephi 10:22

22 And the Holy Ghost giveth authority that I should speak these things, and deny them not.

1 Nephi 17:45

​45 Ye are ​​​swift​ to do iniquity but slow to remember the Lord your God. Ye have seen an ​​​angel​, and he spake unto you; yea, ye have heard his voice from time to time; and he hath spoken unto you in a still small voice, but ye were ​​​past​ feeling, that ye could not feel his words; wherefore, he has spoken unto you like unto the voice of thunder, which did cause the earth to shake as if it were to divide asunder.

1 Nephi 19:20

​20 For behold, I have workings in the spirit, which doth ​​​weary​ me even that all my joints are weak, for those who are at Jerusalem; for had not the Lord been merciful, to show unto me concerning them, even as he had prophets of old, I should have perished also.
2 Nephi
2 Nephi 1:27

27 ​And it must needs be that the ​​​power​ of God must be with him, even unto his commanding you that ye must obey. But behold, it was not he, but it was the ​​​Spirit​ of the Lord which was in him, which ​​​opened​ his mouth to utterance that he could not shut it.

2 Nephi 31:3

​3 For my soul delighteth in ​​​plainness​; for after this manner doth the Lord God work among the children of men. For the Lord God giveth light unto the ​​​understanding​; for he speaketh unto men according to their ​​​language​, unto their understanding.

2 Nephi 32:3

​​​​3 Angels​ speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, ​​​feast​ upon the ​​​words​ of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will ​​​tell​ you all things what ye should do.

2 Nephi 33:1

1 ​And now I, Nephi, cannot write all the things which were taught among my people; neither am I ​​​mighty​ in writing, like unto speaking; for when a man ​​​speaketh​ by the power of the Holy Ghost the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men.
Words of Mormon
Words of Mormon 1:7

7 ​And I do this for a ​​​wise​ ​​​purpose​; for thus it whispereth me, according to the workings of the Spirit of the Lord which is in me. And now, I do not know all things; but the Lord ​​​knoweth​ all things which are to come; wherefore, he ​​​worketh​ in me to do according to his ​​​will​.

Words of Mormon 1:14

14 ​And in the ​​​strength​ of the Lord they did contend against their enemies, until they had slain many thousands of the Lamanites. And it came to pass that they did contend against the Lamanites until they had driven them out of all the lands of their ​​​inheritance​.

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Mormon 2:26

26 And it came to pass that when they had fled we did pursue them with our armies, and did meet them again, and did beat them; nevertheless the strength of the Lord was not with us; yea, we were left to ourselves, that the Spirit of the Lord did not abide in us; therefore we had become weak like unto our brethren.

Enos
Enos 1:10

10 ​And while I was thus struggling in the spirit, behold, the voice of the Lord came into my ​​​mind​ again, saying: I will visit thy brethren according to their diligence in keeping my commandments. I have ​​​given​ unto them this land, and it is a holy land; and I ​​​curse​ it not save it be for the cause of iniquity; wherefore, I will visit thy brethren according as I have said; and their ​​​transgressions​ will I bring down with sorrow upon their own heads.
Mosiah
Mosiah 5:2

2 ​And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty ​​​change​ in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do ​​​evil​, but to do good continually.
Alma
Alma 32:23

23 ​And now, he imparteth his word by angels unto men, yea, ​​​not​ only men but women also. Now this is not all; little ​​​children​ do have words given unto them many times, which ​​​confound​ the wise and the learned.

Alma 43:2

2 ​Now ​​​we​ shall say no more concerning their preaching, except that they preached the word, and the truth, according to the spirit of prophecy and revelation; and they preached after the ​​​holy order​ of God by which they were called.
Helaman
Helaman 5:18–19

18 ​And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi did preach unto the Lamanites with such great power and authority, for they had power and authority given unto them that they might ​​​speak​, and they also had what they should speak given unto them—

​​​​​19 ​Therefore they did speak unto the great astonishment of the Lamanites, to the convincing them, insomuch that there were eight thousand of the Lamanites who were in the land of Zarahemla and round about ​​​baptized​ unto repentance, and were convinced of the ​​​wickedness​ of the ​​​traditions​ of their fathers.

Helaman 5:44–45

​44 And ​​​Nephi​ and ​​​Lehi​ were in the midst of them; yea, they were encircled about; yea, they were as if in the midst of a flaming fire, yet it did harm them not, neither did it take hold upon the walls of the prison; and they were filled with that ​​​joy​ which is unspeakable and full of glory.

45 ​​​​​​And behold, the ​​​Holy Spirit​ of God did come down from heaven, and did enter into their hearts, and they were filled as if with fire, and they could ​​​speak​ forth marvelous words.

Helaman 13:7

7 ​And behold, an ​​​angel​ of the Lord hath declared it unto me, and he did bring ​​​glad​ tidings to my soul. And behold, I was sent unto you to declare it unto you also, that ye might have glad tidings; but behold ye would ​​​not receive​ me.
3 Nephi
3 Nephi 9:20

20 ​And ye shall offer for a ​​​sacrifice​ unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I ​​​baptize​ with fire and with the Holy Ghost, even as the Lamanites, because of their faith in me at the time of their conversion, were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and they knew it not.

3 Nephi 27:20

​20 Now this is the commandment: ​​​Repent​, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be ​​​baptized​ in my name, that ye may be ​​​sanctified​ by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand ​​​spotless​ before me at the last day.
Ether
Ether 4:11

11 ​But he that ​​​believeth​ these things which I have spoken, him will I visit with the manifestations of my Spirit, and he shall ​​​know​ and bear record. For because of my Spirit he shall ​​​know​ that these things are ​​​true​; for it persuadeth men to do good.
Moroni
Moroni 6:9

9 ​And their meetings were ​​​conducted​ by the church after the manner of the workings of the Spirit, and by the ​​​power​ of the Holy Ghost; for as the power of the Holy Ghost led them whether to preach, or to exhort, or to pray, or to supplicate, or to sing, even so it was done.

Moroni 7:13, 16-17

13 ​But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do ​​​good​ continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and ​​​enticeth​ to do ​​​good​, and to love God, and to serve him, is ​​​inspired​ of God.

​​​​​16 ​For behold, the ​​​Spirit of Christ​ is given to every ​​​man​, that he may ​​​know​ good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.

17 ​But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.

See also Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service (2019), 103

Moroni 7:32

32 ​And by so doing, the Lord God prepareth the way that the ​​​residue​ of men may have ​​​faith​ in Christ, that the Holy Ghost may have place in their hearts, according to the power thereof; and after this manner bringeth to pass the Father, the covenants which he hath made unto the children of men.

Moroni 10:3–5

3 ​Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how ​​​merciful​ the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ​​​ponder​ it in your ​​​hearts​.

​​​​​4 ​And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ​​​ask​ God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not ​​​true​; and if ye shall ask with a ​​​sincere heart​, with ​​​real intent​, having ​​​faith​ in Christ, he will ​​​manifest​ the ​​​truth​ of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may ​​​know​ the ​​​truth​ of all things.

Moroni 10:6–7

6 ​And whatsoever thing is good is ​​just and true; wherefore, nothing that is good denieth the Christ, but acknowledgeth that he is.

​​​​​7 ​And ye may ​​​know​ that he is, by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore I would exhort you that ye deny not the power of God; for he worketh by power, ​​​according​ to the faith of the children of men, the same today and tomorrow, and forever.

Moroni 10:8–18

8 ​And again, I exhort you, my brethren, that ye deny not the ​​​gifts​ of God, for they are many; and they come from the same God. And there are ​​​different​ ways that these gifts are administered; but it is the same God who worketh all in all; and they are given by the manifestations of the ​​​Spirit​ of God unto men, to profit them.

​​​​​9 ​​​​For​ behold, to one is given by the Spirit of God, that he may ​​​teach​ the word of wisdom;

​​​​​10 ​And to another, that he may ​​​teach​ the word of ​​​knowledge​ by the same Spirit;

​​​​​11 ​And to another, exceedingly great ​​​faith​; and to another, the gifts of ​​​healing​ by the same Spirit;

​​​​​12 ​And again, to another, that he may work mighty ​​​miracles​;

​​​​​13 ​And again, to another, that he may prophesy concerning all things;

​​​​​14 ​And again, to another, the beholding of angels and ministering spirits;

​​​​​15 ​And again, to another, all kinds of tongues;

​​​​​16 ​And again, to another, the interpretation of ​​​languages​ and of divers kinds of tongues.

​​​​​17 ​And all these gifts come by the Spirit of Christ; and they come unto every man severally, according as he will.

​​​​​18 ​And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember that ​​​every​ good ​​​gift​ cometh of Christ.

Moroni 10:25

25 ​And wo be unto the children of men if this be the case; for there shall be ​​​none​ that doeth good among you, no not one. For if there ​​be one among you that doeth good, he shall work by the power and gifts of God.
Doctrine and Covenants
Sections 1–25
Doctrine and Covenants 6:14

14 ​Verily, verily, I say unto thee, ​​blessed art thou for what thou hast done; for thou hast ​​​inquired​ of me, and behold, as often as thou hast inquired thou hast received instruction of my Spirit. If it had not been so, thou wouldst not have come to the place where thou art at this time.

Doctrine and Covenants 6:15

15 ​Behold, thou knowest that thou hast inquired of me and I did enlighten thy ​​​mind​; and now I tell thee these things that thou mayest know that thou hast been ​​​enlightened​ by the ​​​Spirit of truth​;

Doctrine and Covenants 6:23–24

23 ​And now, behold, you have received a ​​​witness​; for if I have ​​​told​ you things which no man knoweth have you not received a witness?

24 ​Did I not speak ​​​peace​ to your mind concerning the matter? What greater ​​​witness​ can you have than from God?

Doctrine and Covenants 8:2–3

2 ​Yea, behold, I will ​​​tell​ you in your mind and in your ​​​heart​, by the ​​​Holy Ghost​, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.

​​​​​3 ​Now, behold, this is the spirit of revelation; behold, this is the spirit by which Moses ​​​brought​ the children of Israel through the Red Sea on dry ground.

Doctrine and Covenants 9:8–9

8 ​But, behold, I say unto you, that you must ​​​study​ it out in your ​​​mind​; then you must ​​​ask​ me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your ​​​bosom​ shall ​​​burn​ within you; therefore, you shall ​​​feel​ that it is right.

​​​​​9 ​But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a ​​​stupor​ of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong; therefore, you cannot write that which is ​​​sacred​ save it be given you from me.

Doctrine and Covenants 11:12–14

12 ​And now, verily, verily, I say unto thee, put your ​​​trust​ in that ​​​Spirit​ which ​​​leadeth​ to do ​​​good​—yea, to do ​​​justly​, to walk ​​​humbly​, to ​​​judge​ righteously; and this is my Spirit.

​​​​​13 ​Verily, verily, I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall ​​​enlighten​ your ​​​mind​, which shall fill your soul with ​​​joy​;

​​​​​14 ​And then shall ye know, or by this shall you know, all things whatsoever you desire of me, which are pertaining unto things of ​​​righteousness​, in faith believing in me that you shall receive.

Doctrine and Covenants 14:8

8 ​And it shall come to pass, that if you shall ask the Father in my name, in faith ​​​believing​, you shall receive the ​​​Holy Ghost​, which ​​​giveth​ utterance, that you may stand as a ​​​witness​ of the things of which you shall both ​​​hear​ and see, and also that you may declare ​​​repentance​ unto this generation.

Doctrine and Covenants 18:34–36

34 ​These ​​​words​ are not of men nor of man, but of me; wherefore, you shall testify they are of me and not of man;

​​​​​35 ​For it is my ​​​voice​ which speaketh them unto you; for they are given by my Spirit unto you, and by my power you can read them one to another; and save it were by my power you could not have them;

​​​​​36 ​Wherefore, you can ​​​testify​ that you have ​​​heard​ my voice, and know my words.

Doctrine and Covenants 20:60

60 ​Every ​​​elder​, ​​​priest​, teacher, or deacon is to be ​​​ordained​ ​​​according​ to the gifts and callings of God unto him; and he is to be ​​​ordained​ by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is in the one who ordains him.
Sections 26–50
Doctrine and Covenants 33:16

16 ​And the Book of Mormon and the holy scriptures are given of me for your ​​​instruction​; and the power of my ​​​Spirit​ ​​​quickeneth​ all things.

Doctrine and Covenants 42:16–17

16 ​And as ye shall lift up your voices by the ​​​Comforter​, ye shall speak and prophesy as seemeth me good;

​​​​​17 ​For, behold, the ​​​Comforter​ knoweth all things, and ​​​beareth​ record of the Father and of the Son.

Doctrine and Covenants 46:2

​2 But notwithstanding those things which are written, it always has been given to the ​​​elders​ of my church from the beginning, and ever shall be, to ​​​conduct​ all meetings as they are directed and guided by the Holy Spirit.

Doctrine and Covenants 46:13–25

13 ​To some it is given by the ​​​Holy Ghost​ to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world.

​​​​​14 ​To others it is given to ​​​believe​ on their words, that they also might have eternal life if they continue faithful.

​​​​​15 ​And again, to some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know the ​​​differences​ of administration, as it will be pleasing unto the same Lord, according as the Lord will, suiting his ​​​mercies​ according to the conditions of the children of men.

​​​​​16 ​And again, it is given by the Holy Ghost to some to know the diversities of operations, whether they be of God, that the manifestations of the ​​​Spirit​ may be given to every man to profit withal.

​​​​​17 ​And again, verily I say unto you, to some is given, by the Spirit of God, the word of ​​​wisdom​.

​​​​​18 ​To another is given the word of ​​​knowledge​, that all may be taught to be wise and to have knowledge.

​​​​​19 ​And again, to some it is given to have ​​​faith​ to be healed;

​​​​​20 ​And to others it is given to have faith to ​​​heal​.

​​​​​21 ​And again, to some is given the working of ​​​miracles​;

​​​​​22 ​And to others it is given to ​​​prophesy​;

​​​​​23 ​And to others the ​​​discerning​ of spirits.

​​​​​24 ​And again, it is given to some to speak with ​​​tongues​;

​​​​​25 ​And to another is given the interpretation of tongues.

Doctrine and Covenants 46:28

28 ​And it shall come to pass that he that asketh in ​​​Spirit​ shall receive in Spirit;

Doctrine and Covenants 46:30

30 He that ​​​asketh​ in the ​​​Spirit​ asketh according to the ​​​will​ of God; ​​wherefore it is done even as he asketh.

Doctrine and Covenants 46:32

​32 And ye must give ​​​thanks​ unto God in the Spirit for whatsoever blessing ye are blessed with.

Doctrine and Covenants 50:21–22

21 ​Therefore, why is it that ye cannot understand and know, that he that receiveth the word by the ​​​Spirit of truth​ receiveth it as it is preached by the Spirit of truth?

​​​​​22 ​Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are ​​​edified​ and ​​​rejoice​ together.

Doctrine and Covenants 50:24

24 ​That which is of God is ​​​light​; and he that ​​​receiveth​ ​​​light​, and ​​​continueth​ in God, receiveth more ​​​light​; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.
Sections 51–100
Doctrine and Covenants 84:45

45 ​For the ​​​word​ of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is ​​​light​, and whatsoever is light is ​​​Spirit​, even the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

Doctrine and Covenants 84:46–47

46 ​And the ​​​Spirit​ giveth ​​​light​ to ​​​​​every man​ that cometh into the world; and the Spirit enlighteneth every man through the world, that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit.

​​​​​47 ​And every one that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit ​​​cometh​ unto God, even the Father.

Doctrine and Covenants 84:85

​85 Neither take ye thought beforehand ​​​what​ ye shall say; but ​​​treasure​ up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be ​​​given​ you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man.

Doctrine and Covenants 84:88

88 ​And whoso ​​​receiveth​ you, there I will be also, for I will go ​​​before​ your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my ​​​Spirit​ shall be in your hearts, and mine ​​​angels​ round about you, to bear you up.

Doctrine and Covenants 85:6

6 ​Yea, thus saith the ​​​still small voice​, which whispereth through and ​​​pierceth​ all things, and often times it maketh my bones to quake while it maketh manifest, saying:

Doctrine and Covenants 88:11

​11 And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your ​​​understandings​;

Doctrine and Covenants 88:49

49 ​The ​​​light​ shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not; nevertheless, the day shall come when you shall ​​​comprehend​ even God, being quickened in him and by him.

Doctrine and Covenants 93:28

28 ​He that ​​​keepeth​ his commandments receiveth ​​​truth​ and ​​​light​, until he is glorified in truth and ​​​knoweth​ all things.

Doctrine and Covenants 93:37

37 ​Light and truth forsake that ​​​evil one​.

Doctrine and Covenants 99:2

2 ​And who ​​​receiveth​ you receiveth me; and you shall have power to declare my word in the ​​​demonstration​ of my Holy Spirit.

Doctrine and Covenants 100:10–11

10 ​And I will give unto him power to be mighty in ​​​testimony​.

​​​​​11 ​And I will give unto thee power to be ​​​mighty​ in expounding all scriptures, that thou mayest be a spokesman unto him, and he shall be a ​​​revelator​ unto thee, that thou mayest know the certainty of all things ​​​pertaining​ to the things of my kingdom on the earth.
Sections 101–138
Doctrine and Covenants 128:1

​1 As I stated to you in my letter before I left my place, that I would write to you from time to time and give you information in relation to many subjects, I now resume the subject of the ​​​baptism​ for the dead, as that subject seems to occupy my mind, and press itself upon my feelings the strongest, since I have been pursued by my enemies.

Doctrine and Covenants 130:22

22 The ​​​Father​ has a ​​​body​ of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of ​​​Spirit​. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not ​​​dwell​ in us.

Doctrine and Covenants 136:33

​33 For my ​​​Spirit​ is sent forth into the world to enlighten the ​​​humble​ and contrite, and to the ​​​condemnation​ of the ungodly.
Joseph Smith History
Joseph Smith—History 1:12

12 ​Never did any passage of ​​​scripture​ come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine. It seemed to enter with great force into every feeling of my heart. I reflected on it again and again, knowing that if any person needed ​​​wisdom​ from God, I did; for how to act I did not know, and unless I could get more wisdom than I then had, I would never know; for the teachers of religion of the different sects ​​​understood​ the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible.
Quotes

Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service (2019), 103

In answer to the question “How do we recognize the promptings of the Spirit?” President Gordon B. Hinckley read Moroni 7:13, 16–17 and then said: “That’s the test, when all is said and done. Does it persuade one to do good, to rise, to stand tall, to do the right thing, to be kind, to be generous? Then it is of the Spirit of God. …

“If it invites to do good, it is of God. If it inviteth to do evil, it is of the devil. … And if you are doing the right thing and if you are living the right way, you will know in your heart what the Spirit is saying to you.

“You recognize the promptings of the Spirit by the fruits of the Spirit—that which enlighteneth, that which buildeth up, that which is positive and affirmative and uplifting and leads us to better thoughts and better words and better deeds is of the Spirit of God” (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, 260–61).

Neil L. Anderson, “Spiritually Defining Memories,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2020
President Dallin H. Oaks, in responding to a sincere man who claimed never to have had such an experience, counseled, “Perhaps your prayers have been answered again and again, but you have had your expectations fixed on a sign so grand or a voice so loud that you think you have had no answer.” The Savior Himself spoke of a people with great faith who “were [blessed] with fire and with the Holy Ghost, [but who] knew it not.”

Quentin L. Cook, “The Blessing of Continuing Revelation to Prophets and Personal Revelation to Guide Our Lives,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2020
The Holy Ghost will also provide revelation in our callings and assignments. In my experience, significant spiritual guidance most often comes when we are trying to bless others in fulfilling our responsibilities.

Richard G. Scott, “Learning to Recognize Answers to Prayer,” Ensign, Nov. 1989

Nephi’s efforts to obtain the plates of brass show how the principles work. When the older brethren were asked to go, they “murmured” and received no help. Nephi was assured, “Thou shalt be favored of the Lord, because thou hast not murmured.” (​1 Ne. 3:6​.) Nephi’s words, “I will go and do,” reveal a positive commitment to act and to succeed by using spiritual law. (​1 Ne. 3:7​.)

​​​​After two unsuccessful attempts, Nephi remained confident. He crept into the city toward the house of Laban without all the answers. He observed, “I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do,” significantly adding, ​“Nevertheless I went forth.”​ (​1 Ne. 4:6–7​; italics added.)

​​​​Nephi was willing to try time and again, using his best efforts. He expressed faith that he would be helped. He refused to be discouraged. But because he acted, had confidence in the Lord, was obedient, and properly used his agency, he received guidance. He was inspired step after step to success, and in his mother’s words was “given … ​power​ [to] accomplish the thing which the Lord hath commanded.” (​1 Ne. 5:8​; italics added.)

​​​​Nephi knew he was required to confide in God, to exercise faith, and to act so that he could receive help, step by step. He did not murmur nor ask for a full explanation. But, observe particularly, he did not wait passively for help. He acted! By following spiritual law, he was inspired and given power to act.

Richard G. Scott, “Learning to Recognize Answers to Prayer,Ensign, Nov. 1989

When we seek inspiration to help make decisions, the Lord gives gentle promptings. These require us to think, to exercise faith, to work, to struggle at times, and to act. Seldom does the whole answer to a decisively important matter or complex problem come all at once. More often, it comes a piece at a time, without the end in sight.