Is the Spirit a Feeling?

How do we feel the spirit? Is it a feeling?

Consider this possible view. Joseph taught this about the nature of the Holy Ghost:

“This first Comforter or Holy Ghost has no other effect than pure intelligence.”

Receiving the Holy Ghost is being infused with light and truth. This will produce fruits of the spirit, such as meekness, and humility, and love.

But the spirit itself is the reception of light. So why do we associate feelings with the spirit?

Is it possible that our physical bodies can have a variety of physiological responses to light? That we may physically respond to the infusion in different ways and then call that “feeling the spirit”?

This is true, and not a bad thing, we just need to be really clear about what is happening, because there is the opportunity for confusion.

If I watch an inspiring movie, or fall in love with someone, or cheer my favorite team when they win a game, sometimes the same physiological responses may happen that we also feel when we receive the spirit.

So, to be sure that what we are feeling is actually the spirit and not a biological reaction to something we want, we must learn to taste light. We must learn to taste intelligence. And make this distinction.

Alma 32 gives a pattern to come into that discernment.

Author: Todd McLauchlin

This is an LDS site that is dedicated to the invitation of the gospel of Jesus Christ to awake and arise to the great promises of redemption and transformation. My name is Todd Mclauchlin and I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have a love of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and would like to share openly my feelings, testimony, and personal perspectives of the Doctrine of Christ. I currently reside in Draper, Utah.

One thought on “Is the Spirit a Feeling?”

  1. The BoM describes the Holy Ghost/Spirit as an IT.

    2 Nephi 31:8-9
    8 Wherefore, after he was baptized with water the HOLY GHOST descended upon him in the form of a dove. 9 And again, IT showeth unto the children of men the straitness of the path, and the narrowness of the gate, by which they should enter, he [Jesus] having set the example before them.

    2 Nephi 32:5 For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the HOLY GHOST, IT will show unto you all things what ye should do.

    2 Nephi 33:2 But behold, there are many that DARDEN their HEARTS against the HOLY SPIRIT, that IT hath no place in them; wherefore, they cast many things away which are written and esteem them as things of naught.

    Alma 34:38 That ye contend no more against the Holy Ghost, but that ye receive IT, and take upon you the name of Christ; that ye humble yourselves even to the dust, and worship God, in whatsoever place ye may be in, in spirit and in truth; and that ye live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you.

    Alma 39:6 For behold, if ye deny the Holy Ghost when IT once has had place in you, and ye know that ye deny IT, behold, this is a sin which is unpardonable; yea, and whosoever murdereth against the light and knowledge of God, it is not easy for him to obtain forgiveness; yea, I say unto you, my son, that it is not easy for him to obtain a forgiveness.


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