I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from The Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity - the pure love of Christ - will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness.
- President Marion G. Romney

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Lesson 15 – Final Thoughts

We discussed this lesson in our Gospel Doctrine class today, and our teacher related this quote from Elder Bruce R. McConkie: “Spiritual gifts are endless in number and infinite in variety. Those listed in the revealed word are simply illustrations.”  So in addition to the gifts listed in D&C 46, and 1 Corinthians 12 & 13 some others are:

  • less-conspicuous gifts” include “the gift of asking; the gift of listening; the gift of hearing and using a still, small voice; … the gift of avoiding contention; the gift of being agreeable; … 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”   -Marvin J. Ashton

At the end of the lesson, he shared with us this video from the Mormon Messages channel on YouTube, and it was very fitting:


My favorite part from the lesson was when we read D&C 46:13-14 :

“To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world.

“To others it is given to believe on their words, that they also might have eternal life if continue faithful.”

Some people get up to bear their testimony and they know certain things about the church, and others don’t know these things but they have a belief; and this scripture reminds us that belief is enough ~ whether you know or believe, you may have eternal life.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section and thanks for studying with me this week!

Another article that might be of interest is here.

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