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June 1, 2020 - The gift

God has given each of us one or more special talents....let us review some of these 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.

Elder Marvin J. Ashton, "There Are Many Gifts”, Ensign, November 1987

Many times I hear others say that they are not significant enough to be blessed with spiritual gifts or talents. Sometimes we think that because we aren't blessed with the widely known gifts of the Spirit, that we aren't special enough and we don't have any.

Well that thinking is absolutely wrong. EVERY person is a son or daughter of God, and therefore, EVERY person has a gift or two. He has blessed and will bless us with them, as long as we are worthy and use them. It is up to each of us to find out which gifts we have.

And just because you didn't bring a special gift with you from the pre-mortal realm, does not mean you can't be blessed with other gifts. It depends on your desire, how faithful you are, and what stewardship you have. When I was on my mission, I have no doubt that I was blessed with the gift of tongues. I learned the language quickly. I know the Spirit was the reason.

So ask Heavenly Father which gifts you have now. Study about each of the gifts. Analyze your blessing. Ask Him for other gifts you need or desire. Heavenly Father will bless us with more if we ask, and if we work for it, and if we need it, according to His timing.

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