"When You Have the Spirit"
by Marvin J. Ashton
You feel happy, calm and clear-minded.
You feel generous.
Nobody can offend you.
You wouldn't mind everybody seeing what you are doing.
You are eager to be with people and want to make them happy.
You are glad when others succeed.
You are glad to attend your meetings and participate in church activities.
You feel like praying.
You could keep all the Lord's commandments.
You feel in control. You don't overeat, or sleep too much, you don't feel uncontrollably drawn to sensational entertainment, lose your temper, or feel uncontrollable passions or desires.
You think of the Savior often and lovingly; you want to know him better.
You feel confident and are glad to be alive.
"When You Don't Have the Spirit"
You feel unhappy, depressed, confused, and frustrated.
You feel possessive, self-centered, or resentful of demands made on you.
You are easily offended.
You become secretive and evasive.
You avoid people, especially members
of your family, and you are critical of family members and church authorities.
You envy or resent the success of others.
You don't want to go to church, go home teaching, or take the sacrament. You wish you had another church job or no job at all.
You don't want to pray.
You find the commandments bothersome, restricting or senseless.
You feel emotions and appetites so strongly that you fear you can't control them; hate, jealousy, hunger, lust, fatigue.
You hardly ever think of the Savior, he seems irrelevant to your life or worse, part of a confusing system that works against you.
You get discouraged easily and wonder if life is really worth it.