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"The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. He is a personage of spirit, without a body of flesh and bones (see D&C 130:22)," (True to the Faith, p. 81). Futhermore, LDS theology understands the Holy Ghost as a,

"Spirit Man, or a Spirit Entity. He can be in only one place at one time, and he does not and cannot transform himself into any other form or image than that of the Man whom he is, though his power and influence can be manifest at one and the same time through all immensity... His mission is to perform all of the functions appertaining to the various name-titles which he bears" (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 2nd ed., p. 359).
"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that the Holy Ghost is a spirit man, a spirit son of God the Father. It is fundamental Church doctrine that God is the Father of the spirits of all men and women, that Jesus is literally God's Son both in the spirit and in the flesh, and that the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit separate and distinct from both the Father and the Son. The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Eternal Godhead, and is identified also as the Holy Spirit, Spirit of God, Spirit of the Lord, and the comforter." (Encyclopedia of Mormonism 2:649).


[edit] Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit?

LDS typically refer to the third person of the Godhead as the Holy Ghost. Confusion has arised as to whether or not the Holy Ghost and the Holy Spirit are the same thing. Contemporary Mormon theologian Robert Millet does not distinguish the two. While speaking on the third member of the Godhead he simply states, "the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit is a personage of spirit, a spirit man," (The Mormon Faith, p. 32). Moreover, McConkie also states that the Holy Ghost is to be understood as the "Holy Spirit" (Mormon Doctrine, p. 359). Elsehwere he writes that "Spirit of the Lord" is a synonym for the Holy Ghost as well (p. 752).

The confusion appears to be from the KJV translation of the same Greek word hagios pneuma. The KJV uses both terms in different places, however, again, both are translated from the same Greek word. Althought the LDS religion prefers the term Holy Ghost over Holy Spirit there seems to be nothing in their official proclamations or standard works to suggest that they are not one in the same person (or being).

[edit] Attributes and roles

President Joseph F. Smith taught that, "the Holy Ghost as a personage of Spirit can no more be omnipresent in person than can the Father or the Son, but by intelligence, his knowledge, his power and influence, over and through the laws of nature, he is and can be omnipresent throughout all the works of God, (Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed., pp. 61-62).

Furthermore, Mormonism believes the Holy Ghost to be a revelator. "Without the Holy Ghost, we could not know that Jesus is the Christ," (Gospel Principles).

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[edit] Personified feeling

"I loved it when investigators would say, 'Whenever you elders come over, there's such a different feeling here. And it seems that when you leave, the feeling leaves too.' We heard that often, and we always responded, 'That feeling is the Holy Ghost, and he's telling you that the things we're teaching are good, and right, and true. Would you like to have that feeling all the time? It's called the gift of the Holy Ghost....' When I learned this important principle, that the Spirit converts, I made it my main goal to be worthy so that the Spirit could accompany our teaching. When we were finished with the discussion, we would close with prayer and quickly excuse ourselves. If we stayed too long, and mingled and joked around, the Spirit would slowly leave. I wanted the Spirit to leave at the same time we did, so our investigators would notice the sudden contrast." -John Bytheway, What I Wish I'd Known Before My Mission, pp. 72-73 (ISBN 1573452076)

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