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Not every gift-Religion paper, D&C
We often spend so much time worrying about the talents that we don’t have that we neglect to see the talents that we do have. It seems rather significant that before the Lord outlines the various gifts that are given to men, he states, “All have not every gift given unto them.” Also, before naming the gifts in section 46, the Lord reminds us that the gifts should be used in a way “that all may profit thereby.”

In order to keep a balance, it is also important to point out that the Lord does promise that “to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God.” Even though we may not be able to count on having every gift possible, we should still “seek […] earnestly the best gifts.” One key that we are given to finding spiritual gifts is that we should seek them with the proper intent. They should be sought “not for a sign,” or for personal gain.

Perhaps the reason why the Lord outlines so many possible spiritual gifts is to give us somewhere to start as we look for our own gifts. We read that “To some is given one, and to some is given another.” This is reaffirmed when we read a list of gifts that we can open our hearts and minds to receive in our lives. This connects back to the original statement that we neglect the talents we have. Because there is a list of possible gifts, it is likely that one of the items listed will either be directly applicable, or at least very similar to one attribute of our own character. This all seems to point to the importance of realizing that we all have our own spiritual gifts, even though we don’t each have all possible gifts.

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