I remember my second day of high school, when I met an exchange student from Pakistan. She was in my Spanish class; we sat by each other. And little did I know that we would be best friends.
I would always sit by the same friends everyday. It almost never changed, because we all had the same lunch. But then one day, I had a feeling. It was a pleasant and soft and warm feeling. It stuck out to me that I needed to sit by her—an exchange student from Pakistan, who not only made everyone laugh, but she made your day! She was filled with a light, and was determined to achieve her goals.
Her name is Aleena. I’m so thankful that we met. It made my first year of high school, (and public school) one of the best memories that I cherish. And I’m sure it helped make her first visit to The United States of America one of her best memories as well.
That day when I had the feeling to go sit by her was the day that changed my life. That feeling is what we call the “still small voice”. It is a voice that pierces our hearts, but whispers to us in a comforting way. That voice is called the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead; first is our Heavenly Father, second is Jesus Christ, and the third is the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost isn’t an actual tangible [touchable] being. He is a spirit—that God gave to us as a gift—who helps us beyond our capacity.
President James E. Faust taught, “The Spirit of the Holy Ghost is the greatest guarantor of inward peace in our unstable world…It will calm nerves; it will breathe peace to our souls…It can enhance our natural senses so that we can see more clearly, hear more keenly, and remember what we should remember. It is a way of maximizing our happiness.”
I know that without the Holy Ghost I would not be where I am today. You know when you are tempted to make a bad choice, and then you get that feeling that you should resist it and make the right choice? That is the Holy Ghost telling you that you should do what is right! And trust me, you do not want to ignore the Holy Ghost. I know that at times we have all made bad choices that we regret. That is also why the Holy Ghost is here to help us to repent. But he also helps us choose the right.
In teaching us about how the Holy Ghost speaks to us, Elder Boyd K. Packard said, “The Spirit does not get our attention by shouting or shaking us with a heavy hand. Rather it whispers. It caresses so gently that if we are preoccupied we may not feel it at all. Occasionally it will press just firmly enough for us to pay heed. But most of the time, if we do not heed the gentle feeling, the Spirit will withdraw and wait until we come seeking and listening.”
Because of my experience, I have a strong testimony about the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, the Spirit of God. I know he is always there when I am worthy. He will help me through the rest of my life, and help guide me back to Heavenly Father. As long as we choose to follow God, the Holy Ghost is always there to help us.