The Manifestations of the Spirit of God – Moroni 10:8

8 And again, I exhort you, my brethren, that ye deny not the gifts of God, for they are many; and they come from the same God. And there are different ways that these gifts are administered; but it is the same God who worketh all in all; and they are given by the manifestations of the Spirit of God unto men, to profit them.
(Moroni 10:8)

I’ve written this week about how to qualify for the power of the Holy Ghost and how to follow the guidance we receive from the Holy Ghost. Today, I’d like to talk about how the power of the Holy Ghost blesses us. In the last chapter of the Book of Mormon, the prophet Moroni teaches us an important principle about the effect that the Spirit of God will have upon us when we receive it: it will give us gifts which are customized to our unique circumstances. God knows us individually and will bless us in ways that are specific to us.
I’ve been thinking for some time about the description of priesthood ordination in Moroni 3:4 (which is echoed in D&C 20:60).

Every elder, priest, teacher, or deacon is to be ordained according to the gifts and callings of God unto him; and he is to be ordained by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is in the one who ordains him.

If that is true of priesthood ordinations, is it not also true of every calling we receive? Perhaps that is why, when we are set apart for a calling, we are given a blessing. Perhaps the words of the blessing serve to make us aware of the unique “gifts and callings” which have come to us because we have received the Holy Ghost.
I’m grateful for the individualized gifts we each receive through the Holy Ghost. Today, I will remember that we each experience the Holy Ghost uniquely, and that by the power of the Holy Ghost, we each receive gifts which can bless our lives and the lives of the people around us.

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