Quotes on Spirit, The

See also: D&C 131:7 

Development of the spirit is of eternal consequence.  [The spirit, not the body, is the active, responsible component of the soul.  Without the spirit, the body is dead (see James 2:26).  It is the spirit, therefore, that chooses good or evil and will be held accountable for both the positive and negative attributes it possesses at the final judgment (see Alma 41:3-7).]  The attributes by which we shall be judged one day are those of the spirit.  These include the virtues of integrity, compassion, love, and more.  Your spirit, by being housed in your body, is able to develop and express these attributes in ways that are vital to your eternal progression. — Elder Russell M. Nelson, Ensign, November 1998, p. 86

The Lord urged the Saints in these verses to place more attention on eternal life than on the pursuits of mortal life. He indicates that those who had lost their lives in Jackson County (there were some), and those who would do so in future persecutions (six thousand lost their lives while crossing the plains to Utah) need not fear.  Those who are faithful have the hope of a glorious resurrection and the blessings of eternal life with God.

President Heber C. Kimball said:  “Have I not told you often that the separation of body and spirit makes no difference in the moral and intellectual condition of the spirit? When a person, who has always been good and faithful to his God, lays down his body in the dust, his spirit will remain the same in the spirit world.  It is not the body that has control over the spirit, as to its disposition, but it is the spirit that controls the body.  When the spirit leaves the body the body becomes lifeless.  The spirit has not changed one single particle of itself by leaving the body.” (In Journal of Discourses, 3:108) Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, p. 89

Have patience as you are perfecting your ability to be led by the Spirit.  By careful practice, through the application of correct principles, and by being sensitive to the feelings that come, you will gain spiritual guidance.  I bear witness that the Lord, through the Holy Ghost, can speak to your mind and heart.  Sometimes the impressions are just general feelings.  Sometimes the direction comes so clearly and so unmistakably that it can be written down like spiritual dictation.  (D&C 8:2) — Elder Richard G. Scott, “To Acquire Spiritual Guidance,” General Conference, October 2009, p. 9

I am convinced that there is no simple formula or technique that would immediately allow you to master the ability to be guided by the voice of the Spirit. Our Father expects you to learn how to obtain that divine help by exercising faith in Him and His Holy Son, Jesus Christ.  Were you to receive inspired guidance just for the asking, you would become weak and ever more dependent on Them.  They know that essential personal growth will come as you struggle to learn how to be led by the Spirit. — Elder Richard G. Scott, “To Acquire Spiritual Guidance,” General Conference, October 2009, pp. 6-7

Inasmuch as our spirits are inseparably connected with the flesh, and, inasmuch as the whole tabernacle is filled with the spirit which God gave, if the body is afflicted, the spirit also suffers, for there is a warfare between the flesh and the spirit, and if the flesh overcomes, the spirit is brought into bondage, and if the spirit overcomes, the body is made free, and then we are free indeed, for we are made free by the Son of God. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 3:247

Keep your spirits under the sole control of good spirits, and they will make your tabernacles honorable in the presence of God, angels, and men.  If you will always keep your spirits in right subjection, you will be watching all the time, and never suffer yourselves to commit an act that you will be sorry for, and you can see that in all your life you are clear. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 5:328

When the body is prepared, at the proper time, the spirit enters the tabernacle, and all the world of mankind in their reflections and researches must come to this conclusion, for the fact is they can come to no other – that when the mother feels life there is an evidence that the spirit from heaven has entered the tabernacle. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 18:258

Spirits were begotten, born and educated in the celestial world, and were brought forth by celestial bodies. . . . The spirits before inhabiting bodies are as pure and holy as the angels or the gods, they know no evil.  This, their first estate, is the commencement of their experience. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 18:258

There is no spirit but what was pure and holy when it came here from the celestial world . . . none that were begotten by angels, or by any inferior being.  They were not produced by any being less than our Father in heaven.  He is the Father of our spirits; and if we could know, understand, and do His will, every soul would be prepared to return back into His presence.  And when they get there, they would see that they had formerly lived there for ages, that they had previously been acquainted with every nook and corner, with the palaces, walks, and gardens; and they would embrace their Father, and He would embrace them and say, “My son, my daughter, I have you again,” and the child would say, “O my Father, my Father, I am here again.” — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 4:268