The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Gifts of the Spirit

"Again, let me say we know that not only do we have a spark of divinity within us, but that we are actually spirit children of our Heavenly Father and that 'every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God.' (D&C 46:11.) With this relationship, we are thus blessed with many talents and possess great possibilities."

Franklin D. Richards
Conference Report, October 1968, p.111

"As calls come to us for church service by the Lord's representatives, it is natural for us to wonder why we have been selected. The Lord has made it plain that every individual has been blessed and endowed with certain gifts and talents. And while there are many gifts, yet 'To some is given one, and to some is given another, that all may be profited thereby.' (D&C 46:12)"

Henry D. Taylor
Conference Report, October 1963, p.71

"Now, after almost two thousand years, in the passing time of a century characterized by a decline in religious faith, the restored gospel joyfully proclaims anew, with as much enthusiasm and vigor as did the first century Christians, that Christ is risen. Our confidence in man's salvation through the atonement of Christ is a matter of faith, not completely understood, yet the central meaning of Jesus Christ for our time, as for all time, is to be found in that faith--faith in man's salvation through the resurrection."

Paul H. Dunn
Conference Report, April 4, 1969

"The gift and power of discernment in this world of contention between the forces of good and the power of evil is essential equipment for every son and daughter of God."

Stephen L Richards
Conference Report, April 1950, p.163

"There is no doubt, speaking of the people as a whole, that we are greatly improving in the sight of God. But although this is undoubtedly the case, I am convinced there are persons among us endowed with spiritual gifts and susceptible of cultivation that could be exercised, if they chose, to a far greater extent than they are, and who could move much faster in the ways of holiness and get much nearer to the Lord. But the spirit which attends the things of this world is operating upon them to that extent that they do not increase those spiritual powers and blessings; they do not place themselves in that close relationship to the Lord that it is their privilege."

Lorenzo Snow
"Teachings of Lorenzo Snow", p.130-131

"Because faith is wanting, the fruits are.  No man since the world was had faith without having something along with it.  The ancients quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, women received their dead, &c.  By faith the worlds were made.  A man who has none of the gifts has no faith; and he deceives himself, if he supposes he has.  Faith has been wanting, not only among the heathen, but in professed Christendom also, so that tongues, healings, prophecy, and prophets and apostles, and all the gifts and blessings have been wanting."

Joseph Smith
"History of the Church", 5:218

"I know that there are no gifts, no graces, no authority, which were possessed in the days of the Savior by his apostles which are not possessed today by the people of God."

Heber J. Grant
General Conference, October 1917

"Everything is given by God. All talent, creativity, ability, insight, and strength comes from him. In our own strength we can do nothing, as Ammon admitted to his brother. (See
Alma 26:10-12 .) When we seek the praise of man more than the praise of God, it will become easy to fall." - Marvin J. Ashton, " Neither Boast of Faith Nor of Mighty Works ," Ensign, May 1990, p. 67

"Because our purpose here on earth has not changed, nor will it ever, our Father steadily and regularly supplies additional gifts to make our world safe and strengthen our wise use of agency. Think about the gift of prayer—opportunities to be heard and understood. Think about the gift of the Holy Ghost, who will show us all the things that we should do (see 2 Ne. 32:5). Think about sacred covenants we have made, the scriptures, priesthood and patriarchal blessings. Think about the ultimate gift of the Atonement and its reminder in the sacrament that blankets us with love and hope and grace. These gifts help us use our agency wisely to return back to our heavenly home, where 'eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him' (1 Cor. 2:9)." - Sharon G. Larsen, "Agency—A Blessing and a Burden," Ensign (CR), November 1999, p.11

"A few years ago a prominent university professor joined the Church. When I asked him to speak before a group of New York businessmen and to explain why he had joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he said to these men, 'I'll tell you why I joined this church. I came to a time in my life when my heart told me things that my mind did not know. Then it was that I knew the gospel was true.'
"When we understand more than we know with our minds, when we understand with our hearts, then we know that the Spirit of the Lord is working upon us." - Harold B. Lee, "Stand Ye in Holy Places," p. 92

"As the Prophet Joseph indicated, this is our day and time. I believe the future holds greater blessings for mankind than ever before. I rejoice in this great outpouring of spiritual knowledge, when 'the earth [is being] filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.' (Hab. 2:14.) Knowledge and intelligence are dropping 'as the gentle rain from heaven' (William Shakespeare, 'The Merchant of Venice,' act 4, scene 1, 185. See also Deut. 32:2.) to bless all of our lives. We should seize every opportunity to move forward in faith, looking beyond the year 2000 into a future bright with hope, acknowledging that all good gifts come by divine providence. With such increased knowledge comes a higher responsibility. If we work hard, wisely manage our personal stewardships, and live providently, the Lord will prosper us in our use of this heightened knowledge to advance His holy work." - James E. Faust, "This Is Our Day," Ensign (CR), May 1999, p.17

"Gifts and talents that we don't use and share seem to diminish. It seems true that the more we serve, the more we are able to serve. Our service muscles increase in size and usefulness. The use phenomenon is a lot like the law of the harvest: We reap what we sow. We can't pick a tomato or a carrot if we never planted and cared for a seed. We can't expect to become more holy if we never plant the seeds of spirituality." - Mary Ellen Edmunds, "Love Is a Verb," p.107

“I shall mention only one more gift. It is personal to each one, and it is priceless. It is the gift of the testimony of Jesus, that inner conviction and assurance which will come to each person who truly and humbly seeks it. It is a manifestation of the spiritual in man and a demonstration of his dual nature. It does not come by rationalizing alone, but it is not inconsonant with reason when the nature of man is understood. No gift of the Master brings more satisfaction to the soul. I am sure I voice the sentiments of countless thousands who worship with us this day when I thank God for this priceless gift of testimony.” - Stephen L Richards, “Where Is Wisdom?” p. 322

"Do not be disappointed if you have read and reread and yet have not received a powerful witness. You may be somewhat like the disciples spoken of in the Book of Mormon who were filled with the power of God in great glory 'and they knew it not' (3 Nephi 9:20)." - Boyd K. Packer, "The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ—Plain and Precious Things, Ensign (CR), April 2005

"The really serious challenges in life require not so much temporal resources but the gifts of the Spirit. Among such challenges might be the sickness, suffering, or death of a loved one; a rebellious and disobedient family member; false accusations; and other severe disappointments. During such trials we need increased faith, inspiration, comfort, courage, patience, and the ability to forgive. These blessings can be poured out of the windows of heaven." - Ronald E. Poelman, "Tithing: A Privilege," Ensign (CR), May 1998, p. 78

Moses’s, Alma’s, and Joseph Smith’s lives were all changed by encounters with the divine. These experiences strengthened them to remain faithful to the Lord and His work throughout their lives despite overwhelming opposition and subsequent difficult trials.

Our experiences with the divine may not be as direct or dramatic nor our challenges as daunting. However, as with the prophets, our strength to endure faithfully depends upon recognizing, remembering, and holding sacred that which we receive from above. - Paul B. Pieper, "To Hold Sacred," Ensign (CR) May 2012

The gifts that pertain to the gospel of Jesus Christ can only be obtained by obedience to the truth; and can only be retained by a faithful adherence to the commandments of God; and in order that these may be multiplied upon the people, they must be appreciated by those upon whom they are bestowed. When our hearts are filled with thanksgiving, gratitude, and praise to God, we are in a fit condition to receive additional blessings, and to have more of the outpouring of His Holy Spirit. When we see the deliverances that He vouchsafes to us, and appreciate those deliverances, we are in a fit condition to receive additional strength, power, and salvation, because we acknowledge His hand in all the blessings we receive, and in all the circumstances which surround us. - George Q. Cannon, "Journal of Discourses," 26 vols., 11:331

The sick are healed, the eyes of the blind are opened, the ears of the deaf are unstopped, the lame are made to walk. The gift of tongues blesses our missionaries and others the world over. The gifts of wisdom and knowledge are evidenced by the leadership of our people everywhere. Devils are cast out, spirits are discerned, the gift of faith is demonstrated on every side. Many mighty miracles give evidence that this is indeed his church, the church of Jesus Christ. All the gifts and powers and blessings that have always identified Christ’s church are with the Church today. - James A. Cullimore, “Gifts of the Spirit,” Ensign (CR) November 1974

One of the great tragedies of life, it seems to me, is when a person classifies himself as someone who has no talents or gifts. When, in disgust or discouragement, we allow ourselves to reach depressive levels of despair because of our demeaning self-appraisal, it is a sad day for us and a sad day in the eyes of God. For us to conclude that we have no gifts when we judge ourselves by stature, intelligence, grade-point average, wealth, power, position, or external appearance is not only unfair but unreasonable. - Marvin J. Ashton, “There Are Many Gifts,” Ensign (CR) November 1987

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