Tomorrow in seminary we're discussing gifts of the Spirit in D&C 46. Click here for a mini handout of these quotes that you can glue into your scriptures. Just print it on both sides and then cut it into four handouts.
Three places in the scriptures you'll find a list of spiritual gifts.
- D&C 46:11-26
- Moroni 10:8-19
- 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
God wants us to ask for the best 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 the energy of heart to be filled with charity.
Ask to be shown your gifts.
President Henry B. Eyring – "My challenge to you is to pray to know the gifts you've been given, to know how to develop them, and to recognize the opportunities to serve others that God provides us" (“Help Them Aim High," Ensign, Nov 2012).
Elder Gene R. Cook -- "One of the great processes you go through in life is to discover yourself, to find those gifts and capacities God has given you. He has given you great talents, the smallest part of which you have just begun to utilize. Trust the Lord to assist you in unlocking the door to those gifts. Some of us have created imaginary limits in our minds. There is literally a genius locked up inside each of us. Don't ever let anyone convince you otherwise" ("Trust in the Lord," in Hope , 90-91).
Ask for the gifts needed to overcome your weaknesses.
President George Q. Cannon – “How many of you ... are seeking for these gifts that God has promised to bestow? ... If any of us are imperfect, it is our duty to pray for the gift that will make us perfect. Have I imperfections? I am full of them. What is my duty? To pray to God to give me the gifts that will correct my imperfections. 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).
Ask for specific gifts that are most helpful.
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” (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 & Modern Revelation, , 1:201).
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 , 156–57).
There are an infinite variety 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 , 371).
Less conspicuous gifts of the Spirit.
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” (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).
The scriptures give us three 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. (*Explanation of gifts from lds.org under Index of Topics: "Spiritual Gifts.")
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 Cor 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.
Besides granting us gifts, the Holy Spirit changes us in other amazing ways.
Elder Parley P. Pratt (1807-57) -- "The gift of the Holy Spirit adapts itself to all these organs or attributes. It quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges, expands, and purifies all the natural passions and affections, and adapts them, by the gift of wisdom, to their lawful use. It inspires, develops, cultivates, and matures all the fine-toned sympathies, joys, tastes, kindred feelings, and affections of our nature. It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness, and charity. It develops beauty of person, form, and features. It tends to health, vigor, animation, and social feeling. It invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man. It strengthens and gives tone to the nerves. In short, it is, as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to the eyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole being" (Key to the Science of Theology , 61).