He That Diligently Seeketh Shall Find – 1 Nephi 10:17-19

17 And it came to pass after I, Nephi, having heard all the words of my father, concerning the things which he saw in a vision, and also the things which he spake by the power of the Holy Ghost, which power he received by faith on the Son of God—and the Son of God was the Messiah who should come—I, Nephi, was desirous also that I might see, and hear, and know of these things, by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek him, as well in times of old as in the time that he should manifest himself unto the children of men.
18 For he is the same yesterday, today, and forever; and the way is prepared for all men from the foundation of the world, if it so be that they repent and come unto him.
19 For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round.

I have learned the following principles about the Holy Ghost as I’ve pondered the passage above:

  1. We can receive the power of the Holy Ghost by exercising faith in Jesus Christ.
  2. When we enjoy the companionship of the Holy Ghost, we receive power. That power enables us to speak words of truth, and it also enables us to speak persuasively.
  3. When we hear someone speak by the power of the Holy Ghost, we naturally yearn for the same communion with God that the speaker enjoys.
  4. The power of the Holy Ghost “is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek Him.”
  5. Because God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, His promise to bless diligent seekers after truth with the power of the Holy Ghost is universal and unchanging.
  6. One of the great blessings of receiving the power of the Holy Ghost is to have the mysteries of God unfolded to us. As David A. Bednar clarified, “These mysteries are matters that can only be known and understood by the power of the Holy Ghost” (“Pray Always“, General Conference, October 2008).
Today, I will follow Nephi’s example. I will have confidence in God’s promises and will seek to receive power through the Holy Ghost to understand the gospel more fully and to teach more effectively. As I teach, I will pray that the Holy Ghost will touch the hearts of my students, so that they might feel the desire, as did Nephi, to seek for themselves and to exercise faith in the Son of God, so that they can also claim the promised blessings through the power of the Holy Ghost.
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