God’s plan for each of us includes two companions to help us become divine. Learn how our spouse and the Holy Ghost can help us reach this exalted goal.
Heavenly Father’s individual plan for us involves more than just returning home to him. Brother Larry M. Gibson, former first counselor in the Young Men general presidency, has taught that God also wants us to “return prepared to be exalted and eternal.”
A Loving Spouse
Brother Gibson quotes Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who said, “The natures of male and female spirits complete and perfect each other, and therefore men and women are intended to progress together toward [a fulness of glory]. . . . The unique combination of spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional capacities of both males and females were needed to implement the plan of happiness.”
Brother Gibson teaches that because marriage is essential to our eternal happiness, obtaining it should be a major priority.
“[Heavenly Father] has made eternal marriage essential to his plan for his sons and daughters so that we may work together to achieve our eternal destiny,” he teaches.
The Holy Ghost
“We pray and then agonize when what seems to us to be a righteous desire is not realized—an illness is not healed, we fail an examination that seems vital to our future, or the Lord says ‘no’ or ‘not right now’ to our prayers,” says Brother Gibson. “In these situations, if we submit ourselves to God’s will, the Holy Ghost can soften that no.”
It would be impossible to accomplish all that we have been set apart to do on this earth without the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. “Of course, having this divine companion bestowed upon us is not enough,” Brother Gibson says. “We must learn to retain the Holy Ghost, rely on Him, and appropriately respond to His promptings.”
As we try to understand what Heavenly Father desires that we accomplish in our lives, the companionship of a spouse and the Holy Ghost can help shape our life’s path.
Source: BYU Speeches
—Alissa Holm, Mormon Insights