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TANYA - If HF's and JC's spiritual essense is everywhere present in and around everything, then what is the purpose of the HG if they can do the same thing, since they can do anything? If they are spiritually with us then why do we need the HG to testifiy of them when they could do this for themselves. And when we "feel" the spirit which one is it we are feeling? Is it the Father, Christ or the HG? I've heard to feel one is to feel them all, but... I'm so confused, I've been a convert for six years and the questions just keep coming, some times I feel like giving up. I pray and ponder and most times I either get answers from other people or I'm still wondering.

JOEL - The Godhead is somewhat like the first presidency of the Church. The President is capable of doing everything the Counselors can do, but the President has delegated his authority to have them take care of certain functions. It is an eternal principle that the responsibility of the Holy Ghost is to testify to the souls of man about the truthfulness of the gospel and the atonement of Jesus Christ. If you are a baptized member of the church it is mostly the Holy Ghost that you are feeling, testifying to you of gospel truths. Or if you are an investigator trying to learn about the gospel and you are suddenly made aware of the truth of something that concerns God and His doctrines; that too is most likely the Holy Ghost.

Another kind of spiritual influence, called the light of Christ, is something given to all mankind that they might be able to generally know right from wrong (Moro. 7: 18-19). It is different from the Holy Ghost but they can work in concert together to reveal truth to us. A good talk about these two spirits was given by Boy K Packer at this address: Boyd K. Packer, “The Light of Christ,” Liahona, Apr. 2005, 8

Like you I am still wondering about a lot of things too, but I have never felt like giving up trying to understand them. I will patiently wait until God sees fit to reveal such things to us or until I am able to ask Him myself. Our eternal life does not rely on being able to understand everything about God and in fact it would be impossible to do so in this life. God has told us:

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD" (Isa 55:8)


"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
"In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:5)

I don't know how the Godhead does the things they do nor why it was set up the way it was. I think it is impossible to answer the question of why an eternal principle exists; it just does.

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