When will the Holy Ghost get a body?

I taught one of the last lessons in High Priest Group at the end of December, and we were discussing judgment and exaltation. Someone asked when the Holy Ghost would get a body? I spoke to this person later, and asked why He needed one, and this person said that we associate exaltation with having a body. Good point.

Anyway, a quick search on the Internet shows that other people have had this question as well. There were two good responses on websites run by FAIR (Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research).

To summarize the answer, we don’t know when He will get a body. Based on D&C 93: 33, we learn that to have a fulness of joy, we need a body. However, it doesn’t say we have to have one. Godhood is not defined by having a body. The Holy Ghost does not have a body, but He is in the Godhead. Christ was considered a God before he was born, and He didn’t have a body yet.

Published by Graham

Former YM President, EQ President, Bishop, and Stake Institute Teacher. Now back to being the YM President. Happily married to Lisa, with 3 beautiful children.

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  1. If you look at it logically it’s not so hard to understand when that needs to occur. The Holy Ghost must remain a Spirit until he has fulfilled his mission and specialized role in the Godhead. Once all of Gods children have their opportunity to be tested and judged, his role will be fulfilled. All should be grateful for his sacrifice and patients to wait till the very end of Gods plan to finally receive his perfected body for his eternal progression.

  2. Hi Louis,
    I firmly believe this to be the case although it does not require a knowledge about this matter to gain exaltation. I feel it has to be so as the Holy Ghost will one day receive a fullness as we will. Why should we gain greater blessings than the Holy Ghost.
    We all owe him a great debt which we will never be able to repay. I am grateful to know that he will be there for me at all times.
    I have read in the past some material on this matter about him gaining a body & now cannot remember where I read it. Would be grateful if you have a source.
    My email address is kenlive1951@hotmail.com
    Would be grateful for any statement in the past that refers to this matter.

  3. In the Lectures on Faith taught by Joseph Smith, he taught that the Holy Ghost is the mind of the Father and the Son and is not a personage of spirit. Read lecture 5

    1. Lectures on faith were removed from the doctrine and covenants due to the fact that Sidney Rigdon may have written some and there are doctrinal inconsistencies. Section 130 status he is a spirit. Stick to scripture, always a better way to go.

  4. D&C 93 — it states that knowledge is obtained grace to/from grace…

    Jesus Christ is the second comforter and may exercise that position as the HG is absent on his mission on earth…

    What if The Holy Ghost has to obtain it as Jesus Christ did… not even knowing who [he] is until it is revealed to him?

    Besides the gathering of Israel… I want to pose a thought that came to me a couple days ago. When Jesus Christ was on earth He said, “So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.”

    Now, I believe this has many meanings to it. While pondering one day, this is what came to mind:

    If you read the following – When the day of Pentecost had come they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed as resting upon each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit…(Acts 2:1-4).
    If Jesus Christ was the first to come from the Godhead and the Holy Ghost the second as we read in Acts, What [if] the Holy Ghost was being spoken of to come in the latter-days in mortality as an Elias before the Bride Groom?

    NOTE: this is [not] doctrine, this is open for discussion.

  5. I think the Holy Ghost has a body just like the verse in DC initially said when it was first writer as published in BYU Studies a few years ago. And that it is not a “he” as that only came to be a couple decades ago. I think it is our Heaven Mother.

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