January Young Women Lesson: What are the roles of the Holy Ghost?

What are the roles of the Holy Ghost?

Start by showing the video “What does the Spirit feel like?” After the video, write “Roles of the Holy Ghost” on the board and ask the class to name some of the roles of the Spirit. Some of the roles are to comfort, warn, bear testimony, sanctify, protect, and receive revelation.

The Spirit testifies of truth

Ask a young woman to read the words to the following hymn, or sing it together as a class (both verses): “I Know My Father Lives” on page 302. What do we learn about the Holy Ghost from this hymn? One of the things we learn is that the Spirit testifies of truth. It bears witness of the Plan of Salvation and guides us in our life.

The Spirit gives us knowledge and guidance

Sing verses 2 and 3 of “Let the Holy Spirit Guide” on page 143. What other roles does the Holy Ghost have? The Spirit can give us spiritual knowledge and guide us on the path that’s right for us. The Spirit testifies of Christ and helps us see the eternal perspective. It can heal our wounds and keep us safe. Invite the class to share any experiences they’ve had with being led by the Holy Ghost. You may want to pass around a paper and pencil and have class members write down their experiences.

The Spirit converts and bears witness

If possible, invite the missionaries (or recently returned missionaries) to share experiences about conversion and testimony.

Revelation comes through the Spirit


“A constant theme through our history is that sisters who utilize the power of the Holy Ghost operate with the inspiration of the Lord in their lives and receive revelation for their responsibilities.”

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President
Daughters in My Kingdom: the History and Work of Relief Society,” October 2010 General Conference


Share the story of Amanda Barnes Smith, a woman from church history who received revelation and healed her son’s hip after he was injured. The story can be found in Daughters in my Kingdom, page 130-131 and Our Heritage, page 47-48. You may want to print off a copy and cut it into separate quotes. Number the quotes and pass it out to the Young Women and have them the class read the quotes in order.

How do you know it’s the Holy Ghost?

“Young women, you are engaged in a great work! And you are not alone! As you guard your virtue and purity, you will be given strength. As you keep the covenants you have made, the Holy Ghost will guide and guard you. You will be surrounded by heavenly hosts of angels.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President
Guardians of Virtue,” April 2011 General Conference

Closing hymn: “Our Savior’s Love” Sing verse 2 on page 113.


Additional Quotes:

 “The concept of being filled with light and truth became particularly important to me because of an experience I had many years ago. I attended a meeting where members of the Young Women general board taught about creating spiritually strong families and homes. To visually demonstrate this, a Young Women leader held up two soda cans. In one hand she held a can that was empty and in the other hand a can that was unopened and full of soda. First, she squeezed the empty can; it began to bend and then collapsed under the pressure. Next, with her other hand, she squeezed the unopened can. It held firm. It didn’t bend or collapse like the empty can—because it was filled.

We likened this demonstration to our individual lives and to our homes and families. When filled with the Spirit and with gospel truth, we have the power to withstand the outside forces of the world that surround and push against us. However, if we are not filled spiritually, we don’t have the inner strength to resist the outside pressures and can collapse when forces push against us.”

Cheryl A. Esplin, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Filling Our Homes with Light and Truth,” April 2015 General Conference

“The Holy Ghost enlarges our minds, our hearts, and our understanding; helps us subdue weaknesses and resist temptation; inspires humility and repentance; guides and protects us in miraculous ways; and gifts us with wisdom, divine encouragement, peace of mind, a desire to change, and the ability to differentiate between the philosophies of men and revealed truth. The Holy Ghost is the minister and messenger of the Father and the Son, and He testifies of both Their glorious, global reality and Their connection to us personally. Without the presence of the Spirit, it is impossible to comprehend our personal mission or to have the reassurance that our course is right. No mortal comfort can duplicate that of the Comforter.”

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
We Are Not Alone,” October 1998 General Conference



We are not alone

Press forward and be steadfast

The spirit of revelation

Amanda Barnes Smith’s story

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