Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine Lesson 15: “Seek Ye Earnestly the Best Gifts”

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine Lesson 15: “Seek Ye Earnestly the Best Gifts”

Attention Activity:

Imagine that your birthday is coming.  You are taken to a mall and told that you can have anything that you want in the entire mall.  (If students ask if a specific store is there, just say yes no matter what the store is.)  Ask the class (you can simply ask or have them write down an answer) what are the main criteria they would use in determining what they would get from the mall.  How do those criteria differ if you are walking into a mall to buy a gift for a family member?  What do you think God’s criteria are when he gives us a gift?

Class Discussion:

Today we are going to talk about God’s gifts to us.  Have the class look in D&C 46:9-12 to see how God identifies why he gives gifts to people.  (Another key doctrine to point out is that everyone has a gift, verse 11, and so we are all expected to benefit the lives of others.)  Talk about the gifts that some people have that they have used to benefit others, or ask about gifts that they have seen others use, you may even ask for people in the ward that have used their gifts to bless lives. 

Now ask each class member to look over the list of gifts in section 46 and answer the following questions.

  1. What gifts do you have already.
  2. What can you do with the gift that you already have.
  3. What gifts would you like to have.
  4. What can you do to get that gift.

Take some time to get class responses and have a good discussion as to what strengths they have and ones they would like to get. 

Application:

Share the following two quotes from the lesson plan:

  • President George Q. Cannon taught: “If any of us are imperfect, it is our duty to pray for the gift that will make us perfect. Have I imperfections? I am full of them. What is my duty? To pray to God to give me the gifts that will correct these imperfections. If I am an angry man, it is my duty to pray for charity, which suffereth long and is kind. Am I an envious man? It is my duty to seek for charity, which envieth not. So with all the gifts of the Gospel. They are intended for this purpose. No man ought to say, ‘Oh, I cannot help this; it is my nature.’ He is not justified in it, for the reason that God has promised to give strength to correct these things, and to give gifts that will eradicate them” (Millennial Star, 23 Apr. 1894, 260).
  • Elder Dallin H. Oaks explained how his mother applied the principle of seeking gifts of the Spirit: “Having lost her husband, my widowed mother was incomplete. How she prayed for what she needed to fulfill her responsibility to raise her three small children! She was seeking, she was worthy, and she was blessed! Her prayers were answered in many ways, including the receipt of spiritual gifts. She had many, but the ones that stand out in my memory are the gifts of faith, testimony, and wisdom. She was a mighty woman in Zion” (Ensign, Sept. 1986, 72).
  • Ask class members what these quotes are teaching them about the expectations that God has for them in their lives.   Ask the class, “What does God expect you to do this week?  Will you do it?”

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