Scripture Study

Discovering & Cultivating Spiritual Gifts

Our team can’t stop thinking about the amazing talk Sister Michelle Craig gave at the First Presidency Christmas Devotional. She talked about spiritual gifts, including who gives them to us and why, and encouraged us to “each see and receive the gifts that God has given us.” Discovering what gifts we have been given is crucial in living our purpose and gathering Israel. We are taught to seek them “earnestly” for the benefit of all. It can require some effort, so we’ve gathered a few of our favorite resources to help you!

  • Elder Marvin J. Ashton gave church members a list of “less-conspicuous gifts”.  “The gift of asking; the gift of listening; the gift of hearing and using a still, small voice; the gift of being able to weep; the gift of avoiding contention; the gift of being agreeable; the gift of avoiding vain repetition; 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.” It’s a great talk, reminding us that we each have gifts from God.
  • Over at Moms of Light they have compiled a list of spiritual gifts found in different books of scripture as well as from General Conference talks. It’s so helpful to be able to see them all in one place. Be sure to check out the list of six qualifications for receiving spiritual gifts at the end of the list!
  • If you’re looking for how to learn about spiritual gifts as a family, LDS Daily has a Family Home Evening lesson plan with sections for younger and older children/teens that would be perfect for a Monday night!
  • Eva Witesman was interviewed for the All In: An LDS Living Podcast by Morgan Jones and the whole episode is full of great insights about spiritual gifts, how we develop them and why. Worth the listen for sure!

We also love what Elder John C. Pingree Jr. suggested when he said: “So how do we come to know our gifts? We can reference our patriarchal blessing, ask those who know us best, and personally identify what we are naturally good at and enjoy. Most important, we can ask God (see James 1:5; D&C 112:10). He knows our gifts, since He gave them to us (see D&C 46:26).” Heavenly Father wants to reveal our gifts to us and will reveal them as we seek with faith. Sister Craig’s words are being written on our hearts this season: “Don’t let God’s gifts to you, even His less conspicuous ones, go unused or unappreciated. Take the gifts He has given you from off the shelf. If you have stored them out of self-doubt, shake off the dust and try. Offer them to God and His children. The gifts we have from our Heavenly Father are meant to be used and shared. All your gifts from God, however imperfect, bring joy and are, when offered to Him, a hymn of praise.” 

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