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A prerequisite for seeking after the gifts may require that we find out which gifts we have been given. The scriptures further record,. To find the gifts we have been given, we must pray and fast. Often patriarchal blessings tell us the gifts we have received and declare the promise of gifts we can receive if we seek after them.
1. What is a spiritual gift?
During our time here on earth, we have been charged to develop the natural gifts and capabilities Heavenly Father has blessed us with. To exercise these gifts, we must develop a purity of heart. If you choose to attend this university, observe the code of honor and apply it in your life with integrity. It is interesting to watch cattle as they graze.
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Even when they have hundreds of acres on which to feed, some push up against the fence, straining to nibble on tufts of pasture grass on the other side of the fence. Know and work within your parameters. Students who come to this university give their word to live by its Honor Code. Keep that promise with integrity, wholeheartedly—not like the cows that hover at the fence, always reaching for that which is just out of the limits. As you date, keeping the laws of chastity, you are preparing to live the law of fidelity in marriage.
While you are here, concentrate on getting an education, growing spiritually, and graduating. I testify to you that you are among the very noble on earth. You are the future leaders of our society and the Church. You need not look like the world. You need not entertain like the world. Your personal habits should be different.
Your recreation should be different. Your concern for family will be different.
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How can we accomplish this goal? I know there is a loving Heavenly Father who wishes to help. He has made available sacred gifts—even the gifts of the Spirit. As we exercise and magnify these gifts, we will be able to accomplish the callings and responsibilities that will come into our lives. We can have the gift of discerning of spirits.
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Jerreld L. Some may mean well but are listening to the wrong influence. Some people operate in a spirit of contention—clever with words from much practice, but not focused on correcting their own imperfections. They focus on the imperfections of others. The spirit of the Lord withdraws from them with their fault finding and contentions.
Unless they change, they rarely endure to the end but fall away in time. The Lord and the prophets of this day have set the course we should follow. How can I question without losing the Spirit? This is a question often asked of me by young people.
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All of us have questions at times in our lives on policies, procedures, or even principles. The best way to find the answers we seek is to search out the solution for ourselves. First and foremost, it is our attitude, or how we ask the question, that is very, very important. If it is a demand, one loses the opportunity for an answer. Second, if we have strong feelings about the way something should be and are unwilling to listen, we may lose the opportunity to get an answer. One only has to remember when Joseph Smith wanted to show pages of the Book of Mormon to an associate and let him take them home.
He prayed to the Lord a number of times to finally be allowed to do it. The Lord knew that the pages would be lost. But sometimes we want something so much and keep praying about it that the Lord lets us do it for our learning experience. Humility and submissiveness to God will always be fundamental in receiving direction from him. Others operate in a spirit of gratitude to the Lord for the gospel and concentrate on correcting their own imperfections. We can develop the ability to discern what spirit is influencing others and ourselves. We should seek and pray for this gift lest we be deceived.
The gift of discernment is like the rod of iron; it will keep us on the path toward the tree of life, which means eternal life. In 1 John —3, we read:.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
How does one distinguish between manifestations of the Spirit and counterfeits? One might ask these questions:. Is it edifying? In acts of healing, does the healer follow the divinely established procedures? That is, does he do it in the manner in which Jesus did, seeking faith and purity of heart and then anointing with oil? Has the worker of miracles received the gift of the Holy Ghost himself through the prescribed ordinances? One cannot invoke the blessings of heaven without having received the gifts and the right or authority to act in his name. May I take a moment to talk of some cautions taught me by experiences that I have observed regarding the gifts of the Spirit.
Too often people feel that answers to their prayers and their pleading for guidance and direction will be given in dramatic manifestations or through a direct voice giving specific directions from a heavenly host. My personal experience and my observation of the Brethren as they guide and direct the Church and solve problems has taught me that the answers come oftentimes over an extended period of time with almost a natural solution whereby people take actions on the feelings of their hearts—which bring them peace and comfort—rather than through dramatic revelation.
Let me give you an example of how I learned this lesson. We had been driving in a car for more than an hour discussing the Church and priesthood administration. It seemed like an eternity. He said the greatest spiritual experiences of his life had been when he had been on assignment from the president of the Church or the president of the Quorum of the Twelve, as we were that day. But after we have done all we can do, we will get on our knees and pray to our Heavenly Father.
We will tell him of our feelings of who the new stake president ought to be and the reasons why. We will tell him of the needs of the stake at this time.