Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness, to rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, and over all the earth itself and every creature that crawls upon it.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every creature that crawls upon the earth.”… Genesis 1:27
“And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew. For I, the Lord God, created all things, of which I have spoken, spiritually, before they were naturally upon the face of the earth. For I, the Lord God, had not caused it to rain upon the face of the earth. And I, the Lord God, had created all the children of men; and not yet a man to till the ground; for in heaven created I them; and there was not yet flesh upon the earth, neither in the water, neither in the air;“
In the life of the human female is the Divine personage of the Holy Spirit reflected. In a woman we know that through conception, nurturing within her own body and then birthing – a human body will live as a new life on the earth. So, too, the Holy Spirit through conception, spiritual nurturing and the spiritual rebirth (baptism) brings a new creation to live in the spiritual world and closer to the Divine.
The work, or ministry, of the Holy Spirit in this creative process of spiritual “birthing” is to:
WITNESS, to all mankind, of the Eternal Father and His son Jesus Christ.
TESTIFY of the truth of all things.
TEACH all things pertaining to the truth.
SHOW us all things we should do.
COMFORT mankind with HOPE of eternal salvation with the Father through the Son.
PERFECT LOVE – to fill us with the perfect love of the Father through the Son.
SANCTIFY mankind through leading them into obedience of the Father’s law.
GIFTS are given to mankind as they follow the path of Truth, to bless them and others.
“And then are ye in this strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life; yea, ye have entered in by the gate; ye have done according to the commandments of the Father and the Son; and ye have received the Holy Ghost, which witnesses of the Father and the Son, unto the fulfilling of the promise which he hath made, that if ye entered in by the way ye should receive.” (LDS 2 Nephi 31:18)
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