Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Holy Ghost

I first gave a version of this talk at my nephew Nolan's baptism last summer. Colin really liked it, so when he asked me to give it at his baptism, I revised it a here it is.

Let’s talk a little about super-heroes. They are pretty exciting, huh? They always have important missions that they need to accomplish –very important tasks that only they can complete. Every super-hero has certain strengths, or things that they are good at, that help them accomplish those missions – they might be super strong, or super smart, or super brave. However, they also have weaknesses that stand in the way, and they are often surrounded by very dangerous situations. Even though they have super strengths, it’s never really that easy for them to get their mission accomplished, is it?

But every super-hero has a sidekick to help them out. Batman has Robin. Harry Potter has Ron Weasley. Even Dora has Boots. Those sidekicks are always there, ready to fight with them, ready to protect them from danger, ready to cheer them up when things look bad, ready to warn them if trouble is coming, or ready to figure things out when the superhero doesn’t have all the answers. Those sidekicks help them through the worst times and never leave their side.

Colin, you are like a super -hero. There are important missions for you to accomplish on this earth. There are things that you need to do that no one else can do for you. You will get a good education, go on a mission, have a family, and make a difference in a lot of people’s lives. You will find ways to change the world for the better, like Harry or Batman. Like them, you have a lot of strengths that will help you accomplish your missions. You are super smart, super athletic, super caring, and super funny. These traits will help you do the things you need to do. But just like the super heroes, it won’t always be easy for you. Even you have weaknesses. You will sometimes feel discouraged. Sometimes you won’t know what to do. Sometimes you will even be surrounded by danger.

The good news is, starting today, you will have something even better than Ron Weasley. You will have the gift of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost can be with you at all times. When you are discouraged, you can pray, and the Holy Ghost will help you feel better and see things more clearly. When you don’t know what to do, the Holy Ghost will guide you and help you figure things out. When you are coming close to danger, they Holy Ghost can warn you and keep you away from it. The Holy Ghost can help you with every step of your life.

Colin, I think the most important thing I can teach you as a parent is to pray. Prayer is the answer to everything. When you are happy and grateful, pray. When you are sad and lonely, pray. When you are confused, pray. When you need help with anything, pray. I promise you, with all my heart, that you will be always be glad that you prayed. You will never regret it. Your prayers will be answered and the Holy Ghost will help you through whatever mission you need to accomplish.

Colin, you and I have often talked about what my job as your parent is. Do you remember? I always tell you that my job is to protect you, and to teach you. I can’t always be with you to do those things, and your Heavenly Father can’t be with you, but the Holy Ghost can. You will feel Heavenly Father’s love through it, and it will protect you, and it will teach you. Remember your Savior. Today you take His name upon you. Remember to try and live like Him, and treat everyone around you as He would treat them – with love and kindness. I love you so much Colin, and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


Ashley said...

That's a great talk! I might steal that idea to talk to the kids about the Holy Ghost.

Cat said...

Beautiful! What a wonderful way to explain the special relationship between us and the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.