Back to Back Issues Page
God Does Not Give You Gifts Of The Spirit To Gratify Your Pride
October 24, 2013

The Gifts Of The Holy Ghost Are Private

The Presidents Of The Church Series: Joseph Smith

The general pattern of God is to endow gifts of the spirit that are manifested in private. Because the gifts are manifested privately, the world in general will not know of these gifts. Joseph Smith identified two gifts that are made visible, the gift of tongues and the gift of prophecy. He said the gift of tongues is the smallest gift but one of the most sought after.

The Lord generally delivered His people from danger in quiet without others being aware. When angels appeared to individuals they did it without others knowing. When the Lord Himself came down from heaven, often only people He visited knew.

Joseph taught, “The Lord cannot always be known by the thunder of His voice, by the display of His glory or by the manifestation of his power; and those that are the most anxious to see these things are the least prepared to meet them, and were the Lord to manifest His power as He did to the children of Israel, such characters would be the first to say, ‘Let not the Lord speak any more, lest we his people die.’ (Exodus 20:19)”

Chapel Address and contact information: 1928 E. South Campus Drive, Salt Lake City; (University of Utah, next to the institute) 801-562-8089. You can also call 801-259-6709 for the mission home in Midvale if you want to talk to someone.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a worldwide church. Most likely there is a chapel near you.

Go here to find a chapel near you if you don't live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.
Back to Back Issues Page