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Did I receive the Holy Ghost?

Submitted: 10/10/2005
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Question: I was recently baptized on Sept.25th, 2005. When it was over I was told that I had been promised the Holy Ghost. They read the verses from Acts and told me that the Holy Spirit would speak through me. After a while I did speak something, I don't know what I said, but I heard it coming from my mouth which I had no control over. Can you tell me if this is the sign of the Holy Spirit? I spoke something and I heard it. With no control of my own.

Answer: What you describe above matches the initial experience in receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, but we are not in a position to confirm for certain that you have received the Spirit. We do believe it is important that you know that you have received the Holy Spirit. We therefore suggest that you pray and ask the Lord to confirm your experience and give you assurance that you have received an authentic experience. The descriptions in the Book of Acts of believers receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost can guide you in becoming certain that you have had the same experience that they received.

The initial evidence that a person has received the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (Acts 2:1-4; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 19:1-6).

You may find it helpful to read 'Speaking in Tongues in the Church... A Look at the Purpose of Spiritual Utterances' in the Doctrine shelf of the Apostolic Free Library.