Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My favorite quotes about Spiritual Gifts

God commanded us to seek spiritual gifts. 

  • D&C 46:8 – “Seek ye earnestly the best gifts.”
  • 1 Cor 12:31 – “Covet earnestly the best gifts.”
  • 1 Cor 14:1 – “Desire spiritual gifts.”
  • Moroni 7:48 - Pray with all energy of heart to be filled with charity.
President George Q. Cannon – “If any of us are imperfect, it is our duty to pray for the gift that will make us perfect. … No man ought to say, ‘Oh, I cannot help this; it is my nature.’ He is not justified in it, for the reason that God has promised to give strength to correct these things, and to give gifts that will eradicate them” (Millennial Star, Apr. 23, 1894, 260). 

There is an infinite number of spiritual gifts. 

Elder Bruce R. McConkie – “Spiritual gifts are endless in number and infinite in variety” (A New Witness for the Articles of Faith [1985], 371).

There are many less conspicuous spiritual gifts.

Elder Robert D. Hales – “Other gifts [are]...the gift to ponder, looking to God for direction, the gift to hear and respond to the still, small voice, the gift to be calm, which includes the ability to curb anger and to be temperate rather than contentious, the gift to study and to listen, and, perhaps the greatest gift of all, to have charity” (“Gifts of the Spirit,” Ensign, Feb 2002, 12).

Elder Marvin J. Ashton –  “Let us review some of these less-conspicuous gifts: the gift of asking; the gift of listening; the gift of hearing and using a still, small voice; the gift of being able to weep; the gift of avoiding contention; the gift of being agreeable; the gift of avoiding vain repetition; the gift of seeking that which is righteous; the gift of not passing judgment; the gift of looking to God for guidance; the gift of being a disciple; the gift of caring for others; the gift of being able to ponder; the gift of offering prayer; the gift of bearing a mighty testimony; and the gift of receiving the Holy Ghost” (Ensign, Nov. 1987, 20).  

The gift of revelation or prophecy is one we've all been told to seek. 

Julie B. Beck - "The ability qualify for,receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life" (Ensign, May, 2010).

Elder Robert D. Hales – “One [gift of the Spirit] that I believe has impact on each of our lives is the gift of prophecy or revelation. This gift is different from the priesthood office of prophet. The gift of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus”  (“Gifts of the Spirit,” Ensign, Feb 2002, 12).

President Joseph Fielding Smith –  “All members of the Church should seek for the gift of prophecy, for their own guidance” (Church History and Modern Revelation, 2 vols. [1953], 1:201).

The gift of discerning spirits is another that everyone should seek.

George Q. Cannon has called the gift of discerning of spirits “a gift that is of exceeding value and one that should be enjoyed by every Latter-day Saint. … No Latter-day Saint should be without this gift, because there is such a variety of spirits in the world which seek to deceive and lead astray” (Gospel Truth, sel. Jerreld L. Newquist, 2 vols. in 1 [1987], 156–57).

The scriptures contain several lists of spiritual gifts.      

D&C 46:8-29 – Know that Jesus is the Son of God, Believe in their words, Know differences of administration (administering & leading the church*), know diversities of operations (discern whether a teaching or influence is from God or another source*), word of wisdom (gift of wisdom - the ability to use knowledge in righteous ways*), word of knowledge – teach to be wise and to have knowledge, faith to be healed, faith to heal, work miracles, prophesy (John taught “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophesy” – Rev 19:10*), discerning spirits, speak with tongues (speak in different languages, or tongues*), interpretation of tongues 

Moroni 10:8-21 – teach the word of wisdom by the Spirit (teach by the power of the Holy Ghost*), teach the word of knowledge by the Spirit (teach by the power of the Holy Ghost*), exceedingly great faith, gifts of healing, work mighty miracles, prophesy, beholding angels and ministering spirits, all kinds of tongues, interpretation of languages

1 Corinthians 12:7-10  – word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophesy, discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues

Moroni 7:43-48, 1 Corinthians 13 – faith, hope, charity.  Pray with all energy of heart to be filled with charity, the greatest gift of all, the pure love of Christ, if you don’t have it you’re nothing, cleave unto it...

*Explanation of gifts from under Index of Topics: “Spiritual Gifts”

Have you asked Heavenly Father which gifts He has given you and wants you to develop? Have you asked Him which gifts He wants you to ask for? 

Click here to see why I think charity is the best spiritual gift. 

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