Gifts of the Spirit
1. We should seek them (D&C 46:7-8; 1 Cor 12:31; 14:1, 12; Moroni 10:30).
There are three places in scripture where this discussion takes place. This is for a reason- the Lord is trying to say something to us about why He has given what he has given us.
We should not only seek them in that we ask for them, but that we cultivate them – we should work on our gifts. Sometimes it is difficult to see what goodness is in ourselves, but others see certain qualities in us that we cannot see.
2. The gifts are given to benefit the Church (D&C 46:9,10,12,26). Why some gifts different than others? Do not look at a gift someone has and feel like you are falling short. Each gift is housed in a particular individual, but the gifts belong to the church as a whole.
3. The gifts are not given to glorify self (D&C 46:9; 3:4). This is a challenge- for many will make a living at their gift, but if you are asked to donate your gifts to the building of the Kingdom, as Saints we should freely give of our gifts.
4. There are many gifts (D&C 46:11; New Witness, p. 371; Marvin J. Ashton, Ensign, Nov. 1987, 20).
5. Everyone has at least one gift (D&C 46:11).
6. Gifts must be developed (D&C 8:4; 11:10).
7. Different ways gifts are administered (Moroni 10:8). Speaking in tongues can be manifest in varying degrees- learning a language quickly, speaking in an unknown tongue to people who understand perfectly, understanding the meaning of what is being said, etc.
8. Every gift is needed (D&C 46:12; 1 Cor 12:12-27).
9. One man has them all (D&C 46:29; 107:91-92).
10. Gifts can be taken away (D&C 60:2; 3:9-15; 10:1-3).
11. One gift is most important-Charity (1 Cor. 12-13).