Are all spirits omnipresent? According to Mormon doctrine, God is omnipresent through his spirit, does that mean that all spirits are omnipresent or is the Holy Ghost a special case?

  • Question number 6,000! For some reason I think that's kind of a big deal... – ShemSeger Oct 30 '14 at 17:16
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    Where do you see that? Looks like 34158 to me. – user23 Oct 30 '14 at 19:13
  • On the Questions page. When my question was at the top of the newest questions page the number on the top right said 6,000 questions. I'm not sure what the number in the url is representative of. – ShemSeger Oct 30 '14 at 19:27
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    @ShemSeger if you are asking for LDS answers please put it in the question body; tags aren't always very noticeable. – curiousdannii Oct 30 '14 at 21:34
  • @curiousdannii There's no guarantee that there is an LDS answer. With questions like these the LDS answer is often, "It has not been revealed." I put the tag there to indicate my preferred dogma, but if the question is unanswerable from an LDS perspective then I appreciate having answers from other traditions to provoke thought. – ShemSeger Oct 30 '14 at 22:22

LDS commentary on this question is sparse, but based on the below information I infer that the answer is no.

“The Holy Ghost as a personage of Spirit can no more be omnipresent in person than can the Father or the Son, but by his intelligence, his knowledge, his power and influence, over and through the laws of nature, he is and can be omnipresent throughout all the works of God (Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 61)

In other words, presence is related to knowledge, power, and influence over and through the laws of nature. These are areas where other spirits are deficient.

Each spirit child of Heavenly Father differs in intelligence. Jesus Christ is more intelligent than all of Heavenly Father’s spirit children, and His wisdom excels them all. The Pearl of Great Price: Teacher Manual, (2000), 44–46

Because other spirits don't have the perfect intelligence, knowledge, power, and influence of the Holy Ghost, they probably can't have omnipresence either.

  • Small addition: In D&C 130, I think (or somewhere close), it is explicitly stated that there is no such thing as "immaterial" matter, and that "spirit" is really just a type of "matter" that we can't sense. Possibly relevant to the subject (and an even better source than any manual can ever be). Also potentially relevant, but maybe a little more open to argument, is a scripture in 1 Nephi 10 (I think), where Nephi talks to "the spirit of the Lord", and realizes that he has the form of a man. It is of course not entirely clear if that is supposed to be the Holy Ghost, but I always assumed it is – kutschkem Nov 4 '14 at 14:29

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