20 Father, I thank thee that thou hast given the Holy Ghost unto these whom I have chosen; and it is because of their belief in me that I have chosen them out of the world.
21 Father, I pray thee that thou wilt give the Holy Ghost unto all them that shall believe in their words….
28 Father, I thank thee that thou hast purified those whom I have chosen, because of their faith, and I pray for them, and also for them who shall believe on their words, that they may be purified in me, through faith on their words, even as they are purified in me.
(3 Nephi 19:20-21, 28)
On the second day of the Savior’s visit to the American continent, He commanded the people to kneel. He prayed for them three times. The passage above comes from the first two prayers. The third prayer was unwritable: “tongue cannot speak the words which he prayed, neither can be written by man the words which he prayed” (3 Nephi 19:32).
The first two prayers have a lot in common. In both prayers, He thanks Heavenly Father for blessing the people who have gathered. He acknowledges that they have been blessed because of their belief in Him. He also prays for the people who aren’t present, that they may believe the words of these witnesses and thus qualify for the same blessings.
What are those blessings? In the first prayer, it is the Holy Ghost, and in the second prayer, it is the fact that they have been purified. These two blessings are closely related. After describing how the Holy Ghost had blessed his father, President Henry B. Eyring taught:
The companionship of the Spirit had more than comforted and guided him. It changed him through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. When we accept that promise of having the Spirit with us always, the Savior can grant us the purification required for eternal life, the greatest of all the gifts of God (“The Holy Ghost as Your Companion,” General Conference, October 2015).
Today, I will thank my Heavenly Father for the companionship of the Holy Ghost, which I receive by exercising faith in Jesus Christ. I will remember that the companionship of the Holy Ghost can not only provide us with guidance and comfort; it can enable us to be changed and purified through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.