New Testament
Lesson 24
This Is Life Eternal

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will encourage us to be receptive to the influence of the Holy Ghost and to draw nearer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Scripture references for study:  John 16–17
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Lesson 24 Handout (PDF format)

Discourse On The Holy Ghost

On this last night of his life, Jesus continued to teach his apostles and strengthen them for that which was to lie ahead.

"But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you." (John 16:5-7)

READ JOHN 16:13-15. A guide to all truth.

Jesus Foretells His Death & Resurrection

READ JOHN 16:16-20. A little while, and ye shall not see me.

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

The Intercessory Prayer - John 17

President David O. McKay said that this is "the greatest prayer ever uttered in this world" (CR, Oct 1967, p5)

"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (v3)

READ JOHN 17:4-8. Jesus finished the work of the Father.

READ JOHN 17:11, 20-23, 26.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

The Master concludes his instruction to the Twelve by teaching them of the Holy Ghost and then prays to the Father in their behalf. In a troubled world, we stand in need of the calming and strengthening influence of the Holy Ghost. We have been given that gift. Are we living worthy of it? Are we striving to live in harmony with God's laws and with those around us? As Christ prayed for the Twelve, that they might be one in Him, we too should pray that we might be in harmony with the gospel and teachings of the Church and that we can be one with our fellow Saints in this great work.

Record your thoughts on the Savior's teachings about the Holy Ghost. What can you do to more fully invite the Spirit into your life?

Resources Used In This Lesson

A Marvelous Work and a Wonder by LeGrand Richards.

BYU Speeches of the Year.

Conference Reports (CR).


Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage.

Journal of Discourses (JD).

Key to the Science of Theology by Parley P. Pratt.

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith selected and arranged by Joseph Fielding Smith.

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