I have had this quote in my inbox for 2 years so that I can read over it from time to time and remind myself WHAT I am supposed to be doing every day.
And what is that exactly?
Well, let me share this quote with you and see if you can figure it out for yourself?
Every man and woman in the Church of Christ can have the gifts of the Spirit of God divided to them according to their faith and as God wills. …
We find, even among those who have embraced the Gospel hearts of unbelief. How many of you, my brethren and sisters, are seeking for these gifts that God has promised to bestow? How many of you, when you bow before your Heavenly Father in your family circle or in your secret places, contend for these gifts to be bestowed upon you? How many of you ask the Father, in the name of Jesus, to manifest Himself to you through these powers and these gifts? Or do you go along day by day like a door turning on its hinges, without having any feeling on the subject, without exercising any faith whatever; content to be baptized and be members of the Church, and to rest there, thinking that your salvation is secure because you have done this? I say to you, in the name of the Lord, as one of His servants, that you have need to repent of this. You have need to repent of your hardness of heart, of your indifference, and of your carelessness. There is not that diligence, there is not that faith, there is not that seeking for the power of God that there should be among a people who have received the precious promises we have…. I say to you that it is our duty to avail ourselves of the privileges which God has placed within our reach….
I feel to bear testimony to you, my brethren and sisters, … that God is the same today as He was yesterday; that God is willing to bestow these gifts upon His children…. If any of us are imperfect, it is our duty to pray for the gift that will make us perfect. Have I imperfections? I am full of them. What is my duty? To pray to God to give me the gifts that will correct these imperfections. If I am an angry man, it is my duty to pray for charity, which suffereth long and is kind. Am I an envious man? It is my duty to seek for charity, which envieth not. So with all the gifts of the Gospel. They are intended for this purpose. No man ought to say, “Oh, I cannot help this; it is my nature.” He is not justified in it, for the reason that God has promised to give strength to correct these things, and to give gifts that will eradicate them. If a man lack wisdom, it is his duty to ask God for wisdom. The same with everything else. That is the design of God concerning His Church. He wants His Saints to be perfected in the truth. For this purpose He gives these gifts, and bestows them upon those who seek after them, in order that they may be a perfect people upon the face of the earth, notwithstanding their many weaknesses, because God has promised to give the gifts that are necessary for their perfection. –We Are to Seek the Gifts of the SpiritWhich Will Correct Our Imperfections, George Q Cannon, First Presidency (Millennial Star, 23 Apr. 1894, 260)
This is powerful news to me. This message tells me that I CAN HAVE the strength, wisdom and comfort that I NEED to do hard things. Yes, it needs to be “added” to me but that can only happen IF I allow it to be added to me, day by day, bit by bit, poco a poco. Remember, we learn line upon line.
Have you ever thought about that for a moment? Have you ever taken just a moment to look back and SEE HOW FAR you have come, that you actually learned something, that maybe you are actually REALLY GOOD at something that others are blown away you can do??
THAT IS A GIFT MY FRIEND!! THAT IS A GIFT!
Seek MORE gifts. You have SO MUCH to do on this earth. Try to not let the distractions of YouTube, Facebook, email, social pressures, expectations and other things stop you from doing something you NEVER thought you could do. Just because you haven’t done it, doesn’t mean it is impossible.
I’ll end with my favorite lesson I was taught about the power of having a body. It was by President Gordon B. Hinckley but I can’t find where he taught this lesson, so I will summarize.
In short, he stated that we can never learn as much without a body as we can with a body. This idea has caused me to pause on multiple occasions, wanting to learn to not only accept the body I have (for I will have THIS body forever) but to also make the most of this life experience.
I owe this desire to learn about the gift of a body from my oldest daughter. Of all people, she could have left her body immediately but she fought to stay in it longer than a full grown male can fight for his life before his body shuts down. I have pondered her desire to stay in her body, although she had permission to go home, for many years.
This November 8th she would have been 19 years old. I don’t know why this birthday is touching my heart so deeply except I was 19 when I got married and started a new journey in my life. Because of the Plan of Salvation, I KNOW she will have these opportunities one day; I just need to practice patience and also LIVE EACH DAY, in my body, to its fullest, developing as many gifts and talents that I can, until she can.
What a blessing it is to live in a body!
Thanks for listening,