I wanted to start today with sharing some answers to the questions I asked in part 1. As I read the chapter from Tuesday, I kept thinking that there was a conference talk on seeking the best gifts recently, but I couldn’t find one.
I did find this article from the General Relief Society Presidency though. In it they tell us that spiritual gifts are different from blessing such as talents, relationships or specialized learning. These gifts are given to us when we are keeping the commandments and are available to us as a help to serve and lead others in our lives.
I love sitting back and considering the different gifts in my life. For me, it seems that I have had some at different points in my life and others later on. Some of the gifts mentioned are: the power to heal, the power to be healed, testimony, faith, knowledge, speaking in tongues, the interpretation of tongues, etc.
The article mentions six qualifications to gaining these gifts:
- They are not sought as signs
- They are to be used in the service of others
- We should “ask in the spirit”
- They are to be used in the “name of Christ”
- We must thank God for the blessings (gifts) that we receive
- We must “practice virtue and holiness” before the Lord always
For today, let’s read 1 Corinthians chapters 12 & 13. As you study, ponder the gifts in your life. Consider how a patriarchal blessing can help in understanding what blessings or gifts the Lord may have given us or may yet give to us. Please share your thoughts in the comments section.