Gifts of the Spirit

The extraordinary gifts of the Spirit are described in the New Testament (1 Cor. 12), Book of Mormon (Mori. 10), Doctrine and Covenants (D&C 46) and Articles of Faith (Article 7). These gifts include:

Gifts of the Spirit: Scriptural List

  • Testimony from the Holy Ghost of Jesus Christ
  • Belief in testimony/witness of others
  • Knowledge of differences of administrations
  • Discernment of sources
  • Knowledge
  • Teaching knowledge
  • Wisdom
  • Teaching wisdom
  • Great faith
  • Faith to be healed
  • Healing others
  • Working of miracles
  • Prophecy
  • Revelation
  • Visions
  • Discerning of Spirits
  • Beholding angels and spirits
  • Speaking in tongues
  • Translation/Interpretation of tongues

The wonderful gifts of the Spirit come from God, and they are for the benefit of His children. (D&C 46:26) These gifts help us know and teach the truths of the gospel. They help us bless others. They bring us closer to our Savior and guide us back to our Heavenly Father.

Spiritual gifts come to members of the restored Church of Jesus Christ who have received the Gift of the Holy Ghost through priesthood authority by the laying on of hands, and to those who diligently seek them. (See: “Spiritual Gifts,” Dallin H. Oaks, BYU Women’s Conf. Mar. 28, 1986)

The great John Wesley, founder of Methodism declared: “It does not appear that these extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost were common in the church for more than two or three centuries.  We seldom hear of them after that fatal period when the emperor Constantine called himself a Christian…From this time they almost totally ceased… The Christians had no more of the spirit of Christ than the other heathens… This was the real cause why the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost were no longer to be found in the Christian Church, because the Christians were turned heathen again, and had only a dead form left.”  (Wesley’s Works, Vol 7 Sermon 89, pp 26-27)

Survey of Spiritual Gifts Experienced and/or Witnessed by Church Members

These marvelous gifts of the Spirit abound in the restored Church of Jesus Christ.  I have taken several informal surveys among church members in my Sunday School classes.  I asked this question: “How many of you have personally experienced and/or witnessed the following gifts of the Spirit?” Here are the results:

  • Testimony from Holy Ghost of Jesus Christ – 100%
  • Belief in others’ testimonies – 100%
  • Revelation – 100%
  • Great faith – 100%
  • Healing others – 100%
  • Faith to be healed – 100%
  • Wisdom – 100%
  • Knowledge – 100%
  • Teaching knowledge – 100%
  • Teaching wisdom – 95%
  • Discernment of sources – 95%
  • Knowledge – 95%
  • Prophecy – 85%
  • Speaking in tongues – 70%
  • Interpretation of tongues – 50%
  • Working of Miracles – 40%
  • Visions – 20%

Like countless other members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have personally experienced and/or witnessed every one of these spiritual gifts.

Other Less Conspicuous Spiritual Gifts

The scriptural lists of spiritual gifts are not all inclusive.  There are other, less-conspicuous, gifts. These include:

  • 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.

 (See: Marvin J. Ashton, “There Are Many Gifts,” Ensign, Nov 1987, 20)

In sum, we receive these great spiritual gifts through, and because of, God’s amazing grace.  These gifts come because of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, obedience, and the righteous desires of our hearts.  These gifts emanate from the Gift of the Holy Ghost.


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