If you are a woman in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you felt the impact of President Nelson’s talk given during the historic General Women’s Session. I have revisited this talk several times in the last week and the importance of each invitation and truth is undeniable!
Many of you may have already fully delved into the four main challenges and we are right there with you! This week we are focusing on another, very important plea he gave to the sisters:
“My dear sisters, you have special spiritual gifts and propensities. Tonight I urge you, with all the hope of my heart, to pray to understand your spiritual gifts—to cultivate, use, and expand them, even more than you ever have. You will change the world as you do so.”
As members of the Church we may remember our baptism day and the moment when hands were laid upon our heads to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. With that, we are also given specific, individual spiritual gifts. Every faithful member of the church has at least one spiritual gift given to them and the potential to receive more.
Our part in the gathering of Israel, which President Nelson says is “the greatest challenge, the greatest cause, and the greatest work on earth today”, includes discovering our spiritual gifts because “all these gifts come from God, for the benefit of the children of God” (D&C 46:26)
Discovering our Spiritual Gifts
If you do not know what spiritual gift(s) you possess, pray to your Father in Heaven to show you what they are. As you discover and use them to help others, you will have the opportunity to grow and expand in testimony and experience.
George Q. Cannon said,
“If any of us are imperfect, it is our duty to pray for the gift that will make us perfect. … 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.”
I have developed a strong testimony of my own individual spiritual gifts. In my Patriarchal Blessing it says I have the gift of sensitivity to the Spirit. Though there have been many times in my life where I have been confused about how the Spirit feels to me or how to discern those feelings from my own, I also believe that gifts require work and patience to acquire and keep. I believe I possess spiritual gifts that come more easily than others and I find hope in President Cannon’s comments that I have no natural man limiting my ability to improve!
You are all very special individuals with wonderful spiritual gifts! I add my prayer with President Nelson’s that each of you will pray to know what they are and how to use them.
You will change the world as you do so!
As women, we tend to have a hard time admitting our strengths, so sometimes it can be challenging to see a list of talents and gifts and resonate with any of them. This week you may seek to observe the sisters you minister to and understand the spiritual gifts they possess. Help them come to recognize and understand their gifts and they may be able to do the same for you! Below will find a download that may help in creating an inspiring discussion about your spiritual gifts!
Lesson / activity:
I compiled a list of spiritual gifts from scriptures, talks, and friends. How powerful would it be to present this list in your home with your family or in a Young Women or Relief Society lesson and see what other gifts you can add to the list? What gifts do you observe from those around you? How can recognizing each other’s gifts create a sense of unity in your family or among the women of the Church?
Faith in Action!
We invite you to choose one of your spiritual gifts to focus on this week! Pray about it, learn about it, practice it by serving others, and then record your thoughts and impressions! See what small part of your world you can change this week by following the prophet’s counsel to strengthen your spiritual gifts.
Read President Nelson's full address here.