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What Galatians can teach us about recognizing the Spirit

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Busy week? Me too. LDSLiving’s Sunday on Monday podcast is here to catch you up and get you ready for discussions with your family and at church on Sunday. Here’s a nugget of wisdom from this week’s Come, Follow Me study of Paul’s epistle to the Galatians.

How does the Spirit speak to you?

When God had something to say to Elijah the prophet He didn’t try shaking him with an earthquake or shouting over the wind, God spoke after the chaos in a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12). With the gift of the Holy Ghost at our sides we can feel the Spirit each day, but now the task turns to recognizing it.

Paul is here to help! In Galatians chapter 5 he provides a list of what follows the Spirit: feelings of love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. He calls these the fruits of the spirit. And from the Sermon on the Mount, we remember that by their fruits we can know if something is good or not.

Acknowledge the Spirit when you feel it

We know that peace, faith, and goodness are all good things. But thanks to Paul, we also know that these are specific fruits of the Spirit. When you have patience (or long-suffering) for your siblings that is the Spirit. Not getting too caught up in heightened emotions when scrolling online (moderation or temperance)—that’s the Spirit. Overwhelming feelings of gentleness and love that come from the climax of a feel-good family movie could be coming from the Spirit too. The more we recognize the fruits of the Spirit in our lives every day, the more gratitude we will feel to God for these wonderful gifts.

So that was my takeaway this week. To hear more takeaways from other Latter-day Saints on this block of scripture, join our study group on Facebook and Instagram.

Sunday on Monday is a Come, Follow Me podcast hosted by Tammy Uzelac Hall that is released every Monday to guide you through the scripture readings for the week. This week covers the book of Galatians, and our podcast guest was Jackie Wissinger. You can listen to full episodes on Deseret Bookshelf Plus and find out more at

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