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Spiritual Preparedness–August 2014

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Spiritual Gifts

Carl_Heinrich_Bloch_-_The_AnnunciationPresident David O. Mckay taught, “The purpose of the Gospel is…to make bad men good and good men better, and to change human nature.” This is, in a way, what we are trying to do as we diligently store up oil in our lamps in preparation for the future. We are striving to make those changes in ourselves that would enable us to become more like the Savior. How do we accomplish this? Elder Tad R. Callister answered this question for us, “The medium for the infusion of godlike powers and enabling traits from a divine being to an ordinary man is the Holy Ghost.” Parley P. Pratt described the refining power of the Holy Ghost in this way: “The gift of the Holy Ghost….quickens all the intellectual 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.”

These divine qualities are spiritual gifts. We are endowed with these gifts as we ask for them and earnestly seek after them. Then, as we work to establish a place for spiritual gifts in our lives, our hearts and minds become changed and we then begin to possess some of the traits that will bring refinement and perfection into our lives and even our souls. George Q. Cannon explained, “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 these imperfections.”

The scriptures give some lists of the gifts that are available to us, but these are just a beginning. Elder McConkie taught, “These gifts are infinite in number and endless in their manifestations because God himself is infinite and endless.” Our Heavenly Father wants us to obtain and benefit from all that he makes available to us and as Elder Robert D. Hales has said, “God has given us the gifts of the Spirit to allow us to be drawn more closely into His circle of love. He desires that we should receive these gifts of the Spirit and magnify them and have them grow within us.”

 

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