Ep. 25 – The Holy Ghost from A to Z: Testifies of *Jesus Christ*

The Bible teaches that “no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.” Learn how you can gain this testimony for yourself.

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Outline

  • The Holy Ghost from A to Z is a religious nonfiction book written by Liz Kazandzhy and published in June 2022
  • Quote from J – Testifies of *Jesus Christ*
    • Knowing that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world is a vital first step. But knowing that He is your Savior will make all the difference in your life. As you seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Spirit will help you feel His love, experience the healing power of His Atonement, and find comfort from the One who “[took] upon him [your] infirmities … that he may know … how to succor [you].”
    • I share my testimony of the Savior in response to the Come Follow Me questions: “Consider writing your witness of Jesus Christ—what would you want to share? What experiences have helped you come to know and follow the Savior?”
  • Takeaway
    • Write down your testimony of Jesus Christ, then share it with someone if you feel prompted to
    • If you’d like to strengthen your testimony, review the Church’s Bible videos—an amazing resource with 104 videos
  • Learn more about The Holy Ghost from A to Z

Transcript

I’m Liz Kazandzhy, and you’re listening to the cozy little podcast “Latter-day Saint Book Nook,” where we talk about books from a gospel perspective. Whether fiction or nonfiction, religious or not, great books are like wells of wisdom just waiting to be drawn from, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do. So if you love books, and you love the gospel of Jesus Christ, you’re in the right place. Come and learn from the best books to help you live your best life!

Welcome back! It’s time for another chapter of The Holy Ghost from A to Z, and we are on letter J now. And this is one of the most important chapters because it’s about how the Spirit testifies of Jesus Christ. And this is actually “the principal mission of the Holy Ghost,” according to Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin. Because as 1 Corinthians 12:3 teaches us, “no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.”

So here is a quote from this chapter.

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Quote from the J chapter

Knowing that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world is a vital first step. But knowing that He is your Savior will make all the difference in your life.

As you seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Spirit will help you feel His love, experience the healing power of His Atonement, and find comfort from the One who “[took] upon him [your] infirmities … that he may know … how to succor [you].”

So, going along with that quote, I wanted to share my own testimony of the Savior. Back in January 2019, when the Come Follow Me curriculum had just started, one of the questions in the manual was, “Consider writing your witness of Jesus Christ—what would you want to share? What experiences have helped you come to know and follow the Savior?” And in response to that, I shared my testimony on Facebook, and this is what I wrote:

In the Church’s “Come Follow Me” curriculum this week, one suggestion is to write your testimony of Jesus Christ and how you gained it. That question really made me stop and think. I guess I just look at the gospel as a whole so much that I don’t take time to focus as much on the most important part of it: Jesus Christ.

I remember a time after a New Testament class at BYU when I was feeling the Spirit very strongly, and I started thinking about what things would be like if there was no Savior. That really helped me appreciate what I otherwise usually take for granted. Because of Jesus Christ, I can truly become better, since His example helps me know what to do and His Atonement gives me the chance to repent and be forgiven when I don’t do what I’m supposed to do. Because of Jesus Christ, death loses its “sting,” as the scriptures say, because I know we will all be resurrected. His teachings make us kinder, better, happier people. His compassion provides us comfort during trials.

I felt especially close to Him on my mission when I was constantly testifying of Him. I remember telling a woman on a bus, “There are a lot of people who know about Jesus Christ. But I feel like I actually know Jesus Christ, and I consider Him my friend.” I know that He wasn’t just a great teacher that lived 2000 years ago. He is the everlasting Son of God, my personal Savior and the Savior of the world, my strength in trials, my joy in righteousness, the author and finisher of my faith. And knowing that brings tremendous peace.

And back to the topic of the Holy Ghost, I’m very grateful for the Spirit’s role as a testifier, so that we can experience that witness for ourselves—so we can know, like the apostle Peter, that Jesus is the Christ, “the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:16).

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This Week’s Takeaway

So, my takeaway invitation for you after today’s episode is to write down your own testimony of Jesus Christ. And then, if you feel prompted, feel free to share it—whether that’s with someone personally, or on social media, or at church the next time you have a chance.

And by the way, if you feel like you don’t have a testimony of Jesus Christ, or that you’d just like to strengthen your testimony, one thing that’s really helped me is watching the Church’s Bible videos. And if you go to YouTube and you just type in “LDS Bible videos,” the first result should be a playlist from the Church called “Bible Videos,” and there’s 104 videos there. And that’s a wonderful way to remember what the Savior did during His ministry—what He taught, what miracles He performed, and so forth. And so, like I said, if you feel like your testimony could use some strengthening, I think those videos will really help you.

Well, that’s all for today. As always, thank you for listening and supporting the podcast, and be sure to check out my book The Holy Ghost from A to Z to discover 25 more ways the Spirit can bless your life. Talk to you next time!

Thanks for listening to Latter-day Saint Book Nook, hosted by Liz Kazandzhy! If you enjoyed this episode and you’d like to support the podcast, please share it with others, post about it on social media, or leave a rating and review. You can also visit ldsbooknook.com to stay up to date with me and the podcast. Thanks again, and I’ll talk to you next time!


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