Moroni 3:4 According to the Gifts and Callings of God Unto Men

4 And after this manner did they ordain priests and teachers, according to the gifts and callings of God unto men; and they ordained them by the power of the Holy Ghost, which was in them.
(Moroni 3:4)
I love that phrase describing how we receive the priesthood: “according to the gifts and callings of God unto men.” (See also D&C 20:60.) The priesthood is the authority to act in God’s name, so there is a certain uniformity in the service we render.  But as we receive the priesthood, we each receive a personalized blessing which acknowledges the unique capabilities  (gifts) and responsibilities (callings) which we bring to this service.  The Lord wants us to emulate Him in our priesthood service and He wants us to serve according to our strengths and abilities.  I appreciate the thought that, besides the more standardized aspects of priesthood service, I have my own personal contributions to make based on my unique talents and skills. 

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