When Jesus Christ was teaching His apostles in the Book of John, He shared with them some very important truths about the reality of the Holy Ghost. In John 14:26, He told them,
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.
While the apostles loved learning from Christ while He was living among them on the Earth, they knew that after He left, having the Holy Spirit was a necessary part of God’s plan for the world.
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
The Holy Spirit is literally a gift from God. As the third member of the Godhead, He can testify of Jesus Christ. He does not have a physical body like God and Jesus Christ do, so he can touch hearts and minds. He provides us with truth and perspective while the Lord can’t physically be here to teach us the things that we need to know. He provides comfort, direction, hope, help, and assurance when something is right or wrong.
People can be confused as to whether or not they are really feeling the Spirit, experiencing their own thoughts, or experiencing doubts from the Adversary. In the Mormon Channel original series, “Power of the Holy Spirit,” we hear from several people what it feels like to them.
Modern and ancient prophets and apostles have also shared what the Holy Spirit feels like and does for them:
Alma describes the feelings of the Spirit as a “swelling motion” that grows within you to testify of something that is true.
Isaiah mentions that it will “make darkness light”
In the Book of 1 Kings, we hear it described as “a still small voice”
Moroni said that the Holy Ghost can teach us “the truth of all things.”
Joseph Smith said, “When you feel pure intelligence flowing into you, it may give you sudden strokes of ideas.” 8
President Henry B. Eyring described the influence of the Holy Ghost as “peace, hope, and joy…Almost always I have also felt a sensation of light.” 9
With scripture study, prayer, and doing your best to live righteously, you will come to recognize and know how to feel the Holy Spirit as well.