36 And now, I say unto you, my brethren, that after ye have known and have been taught all these things, if ye should transgress and go contrary to that which has been spoken, that ye do withdraw yourselves from the Spirit of the Lord, that it may have no place in you to guide you in wisdom’s paths that ye may be blessed, prospered, and preserved–
No wonder we have been counseled to “speedily repent” when we do something wrong (D&C109:21). We can feel the loss of the Holy Ghost when we sin. It feels like He has left us, but King Benjamin reminds us that, in fact, we are the ones who have withdrawn ourselves from Him. Shouldn’t we then, recognizing how vital His guidance is to our survival and success, do everything we can to regain what we have lost, including humbling ourselves, confessing our sins, changing our ways, and pleading with God to be forgiven and restored to His favor?
Today, I will pay particular attention to the influence of the Holy Ghost in my life. I will avoid doing or saying anything which would reduce that influence, and if I do, I will “speedily repent.”