The 179th Semiannual General Conference: Vicky F. Matsumoni

Saturday Session 1, Talk 2 – Vicky F. Matsumoni, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
– Missionaries feel prompted to visit one last place, home teacher prompted to call one of his families he visited a few days before, a young women going to a party to stay home.
– How did this happen?  They were guided by the influence of the Holy Ghost.
– To learn about the HG, we are affected by others when they help us and share their testimonies and provide an environment where the spirit can be felt.
– Spirit given to everyman, but the right comes by the gift of the holy ghost and the laying on of hands by the proper authority.
– Scriptures teach and bring constant companionship – “i will tell you in your heart and your mind by the holy ghost which shall come upon you and which shall well in your heart.” –
– Joseph Smith says you feel pure intelligence in you, it will give you sudden strokes of ideas.
– Henry B Eyring, says “it is peace, hope and joy.  Almost always I have felt also felt a sensation of light”.
– 8 year old boy says “it felt like sunshine!”
– it is not always easy to discern sunshine feelings at first.  Book of Mormon tells of Laminites who were baptised with fire and the holy ghost and knew it not.
– we can help other become more familiar with the promptings of the spirit when we share the influence of the HG in our lives.
– Some experiences are too sacred to relate, however by sharing testimony of the spirit in our lives those who are unfamiliar with the promptings are more likely to recognize when they have similar feelings.
– When she was baptised, she felt nothing but wet.  When she got the HG, she felt happy but not the HG.  The next day in F&T Meeting she felt the holy ghost.  She felt a cloud of warmth flood over her.  even as an 8 year old. She felt it was different.  She had a peace with her and a feeling that HF was pleased with her.  Places to feel the spirit, Fast & Testimony, General Conference, The Temple.
– The challenge for all of us is to have an environment where the spirit can be felt daily in our homes and weekly at church.  Reasons to pray and read scriptures every day because these activities invite the spirit into our homes and lives of our family members.
– Still small voice means it’s important to have quiet time in our lives.
– “Be still and know that I am god”  if we have a still time every day, we allow the still small voice an opportunity to provide personal revelation, reassurance and comfort to us.
– Spirit at church can give divine confirmation on what is being taught.
– Elder Richard G. Scott said – “If you accomplish nothing else in your relationship with your students than to help them recognize and follow the promptings of the spirit you will bless their lives immeasurably and eternally”
– Sunday school teacher wrapped each child in a blanket to teach how the spirit felt (comfort and security).  Mother heard of the lesson and thanked the teacher.  Mother had a miscarriage and she was grieving.  She was suddenly felt great warmth and peace, like someone covered her with a warm blanket.  That was the spirit and she knew HF was aware of her and that he loved her.
– The spirit will help us recognize the answers to our prayers and know how to live the gospel more fully each day.  We will have witness of the father and the son.

Saturday Session 1, Talk 2 – Vicky F. Matsumoni, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency

My Notes:

  • Missionaries feel prompted to visit one last place, home teacher prompted to call one of his families he visited a few days before, a young women going to a party to stay home.
  • How did this happen?  They were guided by the influence of the Holy Ghost.
  • To learn about the Holy Ghost, we are affected by others when they help us and share their testimonies and provide an environment where the spirit can be felt.
  • Spirit given to everyman, but the right comes by the gift of the holy ghost and the laying on of hands by the proper authority.
  • Scriptures teach and bring constant companionship – “i will tell you in your heart and your mind by the holy ghost which shall come upon you and which shall well in your heart.” –
  • Joseph Smith says you feel pure intelligence in you, it will give you sudden strokes of ideas.
  • Henry B Eyring, says “it is peace, hope and joy.  Almost always I have felt also felt a sensation of light”.
  • 8 year old boy says “it felt like sunshine!”
  • it is not always easy to discern sunshine feelings at first.  Book of Mormon tells of Laminites who were baptised with fire and the holy ghost and knew it not.
  • We can help other become more familiar with the promptings of the spirit when we share the influence of the Holy Ghost in our lives.
  • Some experiences are too sacred to relate, however by sharing testimony of the spirit in our lives those who are unfamiliar with the promptings are more likely to recognize when they have similar feelings.
  • When she was baptised, she felt nothing but wet.  When she got the Holy Ghost, she felt happy but not the Holy Ghost.  The next day in F&T Meeting she felt the holy ghost.  She felt a cloud of warmth flood over her.  even as an 8 year old. She felt it was different.  She had a peace with her and a feeling that HF was pleased with her.  Places to feel the spirit, Fast & Testimony, General Conference, The Temple.
  • The challenge for all of us is to have an environment where the spirit can be felt daily in our homes and weekly at church.  Reasons to pray and read scriptures every day because these activities invite the spirit into our homes and lives of our family members.
  • Still small voice means it’s important to have quiet time in our lives.
  • “Be still and know that I am god”  if we have a still time every day, we allow the still small voice an opportunity to provide personal revelation, reassurance and comfort to us.
  • Spirit at church can give divine confirmation on what is being taught.
  • Elder Richard G. Scott said – “If you accomplish nothing else in your relationship with your students than to help them recognize and follow the promptings of the spirit you will bless their lives immeasurably and eternally”
  • Sunday school teacher wrapped each child in a blanket to teach how the spirit felt (comfort and security).  Mother heard of the lesson and thanked the teacher.  Mother had a miscarriage and she was grieving.  She was suddenly felt great warmth and peace, like someone covered her with a warm blanket.  That was the spirit and she knew Heavenly Father was aware of her and that he loved her.
  • The spirit will help us recognize the answers to our prayers and know how to live the gospel more fully each day.  We will have witness of the father and the son.

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