Henry Ossawa Tanner, Nicodemus and Jesus on a Rooftop, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.


John 3:1–8
2 Nephi 32:1–5
Acts 19:1–7

For Younger Missionaries


  • Why isn’t being born of the water, or baptism, enough? Why must we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost to become true disciples of Christ?
  • Once we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, how can we maximize its effectiveness in our lives? What personal story could you share with an investigator about some aspect of the gift of the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost

Jesus taught that we must be baptized of water and also of the Spirit. Baptism by water must be followed by baptism of the Spirit or it is incomplete. Only when we receive baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost can we receive a remission of our sins and become completely spiritually reborn. We then begin a new spiritual life as disciples of Christ.

After a person is baptized … authorized priesthood holders lay their hands upon the person’s head and confirm the person a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They then confer the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Those who receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and remain worthy can enjoy His companionship throughout their lives. The Holy Ghost has a sanctifying, cleansing effect upon us. The Holy Ghost testifies of Christ and helps us recognize the truth. He provides spiritual strength and helps us do what is right. He comforts us during times of trial or sorrow. He warns us of spiritual or physical danger. The Holy Ghost provides the power by which we teach and learn. The gift of the Holy Ghost is one of our Heavenly Father’s most precious gifts. Through the power of the Holy Ghost we can feel God’s love and direction for us. This gift is a foretaste of eternal joy and a promise of eternal life.

The priesthood authority needed to perform this ordinance, which was lost centuries ago through apostasy, was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Only through membership in the Church can one receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. This authority makes the Church different from any other religion in the world. By the Lord’s own declaration, it is “the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth” (D&C 1:30) (Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service, 2004, 65).


Jesus Teaches of
Being Born Again




  • How is a person “born again?”
  • What are the two steps to being “born again?”
  • Do you think Nicodemus did what Jesus asked him to do? If he did not, do you think Jesus failed as a missionary? Why not?


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