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Gifts of the Spirit come to us in the form of pure intelligence or knowledge, transferred “in the abstract” (that is, spirit to spirit) through the Holy Ghost, to enlighten our minds, open the eyes of our understanding, and manifest themselves as special abilities, skills, or capacities for understanding. Check out this great family home evening lesson on the Gifts of the Spirit! Scripture:1 Cor. 12:31; 1 Cor. 14:1. Hymn:For the Beauty of the Earth or I am a Child of God Lesson: How to Receive Spiritual Gifts Treat: Oven-Baked Churros or Smoothie Pops Activity: Family talent show View entire lesson...

Gifts of The Spirit

FHE Scripture

Scripture

(1 Cor. 12:31; 1 Cor. 14:1.)

“Covet earnestly the best gifts. … Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts.” (1 Cor. 12:31; 1 Cor. 14:1.)

FHE Lesson Hymn

Hymn

For the Beauty of the Earth- Hymn #92 or I am a Child of God -Children’s Songbookook #2

For the Beauty of the Earth

1. For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,

(Chorus)
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

2. For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flow’r,
Sun and moon, and stars of light,

3. For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild,

I am a Child of God

1. I am a child of God,
And he has sent me here,
Has given me an earthly home
With parents kind and dear.

Chorus
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me,
Help me find the way.
Teach me all that I must do
To live with him someday.

2. I am a child of God,
And so my needs are great;
Help me to understand his words
Before it grows too late.

3. I am a child of God.
Rich blessings are in store;
If I but learn to do his will,
I’ll live with him once more.

4. I am a child of God.
His promises are sure;
Celestial glory shall be mine
If I can but endure.

 

FHE Lesson

Lesson

*For All Family Members* 
Read or summarize “How to Receive Spiritual Gifts” by Lane Johnson (taken from the Ensign). Testify of the Gifts of the Spirit and the way they bless us and those around us in our lives. 

What Are Spiritual Gifts?Alex

Because we are the spiritual offspring of God, and indeed by virtue of our very existence, each of us possesses a portion of that element which is variously identified in the scriptures as intelligence, light, truth, spirit, life, law, power, glory, knowledge, etc.—the light which “proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space … which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne.” (D&C 88:12, 13.) This light gives life to our physical bodies and enables us to discern between good and evil and to make intelligent choices as we interact with others of our Father’s children and perform our work upon the earth.

In the most basic sense any increase in light that an individual experiences may be regarded as a spiritual gift—or a gift or free offering of the Spirit.

The scriptures list many of the spiritual gifts available to man. (See 1 Cor. 12:4–11; Moro. 10:9–17; D&C 46:11–26.) Some of these, such as the gifts of prophecy or healing or the gift of tongues, are very clearly manifest when given. Others may take the more subtle form of a talent or special skill or ability to discern. For example, in the construction of the tabernacle of the congregation in the days of Moses, Bezaleel the son of Uri was given, through the Spirit, the gift of fine workmanship in metals and wood and stone. (Ex. 31:1–5.) King Solomon was granted Wisdom and understanding according to his righteous desire. (1 Kgs. 3:5–15.) Enoch, who was “but a lad, and … slow of speech” (Moses 6:31) when called to declare repentance to the people of his day, received the Spirit and was thereafter able to preach mightily and to see things not visible to the natural eye.

Where Do Spiritual Gifts Come From?

God the Father is the ultimate repository of all intelligence, “or, in other words, light and truth” (D&C 93:36); Jesus Christ, the Firstborn, who became a god in the premortal existence, the Father’s steward over his creations, is the one source of light for us as individuals; and the Holy Ghost is the “gatekeeper,” as it were, the dispenser of light to us according to worthiness and ability to receive it.

Gifts of the Spirit come to us in the form of pure intelligence or knowledge, transferred “in the abstract” (that is, spirit to spirit) through the Holy Ghost (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 355), to enlighten our minds, open the eyes of our understanding, and manifest themselves as special abilities, skills, or capacities for understanding.

Who May Receive Them?

More accurately stated, this question might be “Who must receive them ?”

The Lord God said, “Behold this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” (Moses 1:39.) In this work of salvation, Jesus Christ became the example for all to follow, obtaining immortality through the resurrection and, through complete obedience, receiving a fulness of the Father’s glory, including a fulness of truth, knowledge, glory, and power. (D&C 93:16–17, 24–26.) All those who, “quickened by a portion of the celestial glory” (D&C 88:29) through the Spirit in this estate, receive exaltation in the celestial kingdom—who become gods—become joint heirs with Christ in these things.

“He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things.” (D&C 93:28.)

In one sense, therefore, salvation may be thought of as a nurturing process by which man is enlarged from a spirit child to a god, from the first whisperings of the Spirit even to a fulness by the power of Christ and through the operations of the Holy Ghost. (See D&C 50:24.)

It seems clear, then, that all who desire exaltation in the celestial kingdom of our Father must receive spiritual gifts. Therefore Paul told the Corinthians, “Covet earnestly the best gifts. … Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts.” (1 Cor. 12:31; 1 Cor. 14:1.)

Much of the record of the scriptures is the record of holy men and women who have sought and been granted a wide variety of spiritual gifts as they worked to “learn [their] salvation and exaltation.” (Teachings,p. 348.) To say that a person is “spiritual” is to say that gifts of the Spirit are manifest in him. Although spiritual gifts are blessings reserved to the faithful—not signs to the unbelieving—each of us, no matter who we are,may have access to them. Baptized members of the Church who receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, “which is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek him” (1 Ne. 11:17; see also D&C 46:9), have a special right to his constant companionship and to spiritual gifts, as do also those who receive and magnify the Melchizedek Priesthood (see D&C 107:18–19). But the conditions for receiving these gifts have always been the same: obedience to the Lord’s commandments and the ordering of one’s life in accordance with the principles of the gospel. Where disobedience and unrighteousness enter in, the Spirit withdraws and spiritual gifts are lost.

How May I Receive Spiritual Gifts?

It would appear from the scriptures that our Father desires to grant these gifts even more ardently than we desire to receive them. And since these gifts are blessings for the faithful, then every such person seeking a spiritual gift has already had experience with at least one gift—the gift of faith in Christ and knows how freely this gift is given and how abundantly it blesses. He has also been blessed because of the very fact that his consciousness has awakened to recognize the need for specific gifts of the Spirit.

Assuming that a person has undergone basic preparation through obedience and faithfulness, receiving spiritual gifts can then be approached intelligently as a process.

First, one must identify needs. Spiritual gifts for specific needs are available “by the manifestations of the Spirit of God unto men, to profit them” (Moro. 10:8); but exactly what gifts do you need? Are you a priesthood leader? a Relief Society president? a Primary teacher? a home teacher? What gifts are expedient for you? For a parent, anxious about the spiritual welfare of his children and uncertain about what they need to know and how he can best teach them, it might come as a great blessing to know, for example, that the ability to teach with conviction is something that he can be given. (See Moro. 10:9–10.) If we can identify our areas of need, we can then begin to seek diligently to meet that need.

Having identified specific needs, it simply remains for us to truly express the desires of our hearts to the Lord—to ask that a gift might be granted. We must not ask for gifts as a sign, but as a means of obeying the Lord’s commandments in our earthly stewardships (see 1 Ne. 3:7), for “if ye ask anything that is not expedient for you, it shall turn unto your condemnation” (D&C 88:65).

Is your life in order so that you can properly approach the Lord to ask for spiritual gifts?

“If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things—that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal.” (D&C 42:61.)

Testify of the Gifts of the Spirit and the way they bless us and those around us in our lives. 

 

*For Younger Children* 

Read and use the tips from “Gifts from God”  (taken from the Friend). Testify of the Gifts of the Spirit and the way they bless us and those around us in our lives. 

All of you are children of the most High (Ps. 82:6).

You have many gifts from God. Some of you are good at sports. Some are peacemakers. Some can make people laugh and feel better about themselves. Some know just when something needs to be done and do it. Some can sing or dance or do gymnastics. Some are good at math or science or spelling. Some have lots of good ideas for better ways to do things. Some are good with animals.

These are all wonderful gifts, but there are other gifts that Church members have. They are spiritual gifts, and all are needed in the Church. The Apostle Paul wrote about them in his first letter to the people of Corinth:

“No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

“Now there are diversities of [many different] gifts, but the same Spirit.

“And there are differences [in how these gifts are used], but the same Lord. …

“It is the same God which worketh all in all.” (1 Cor. 12:3–6.)

Paul lists many of these gifts, and says that each of us can recognize the gift or gifts we have from the Spirit:

“To one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

“To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

“To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues [the ability to speak different languages]; to another the interpretation of tongues [understanding of different languages]” (1 Cor. 12:8–10).

Then Paul explains that we are to use these spiritual gifts for the good of the Church, and that because all are needed, we must not think that the gift we have is more important. He said that if “one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or [if] one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it” (1 Cor. 12:26).

Finally, Paul said that we need to work hard to recognize the gifts we have and to help them grow so that we can help each other the very best we can.

Testify of the Gifts of the Spirit and the way they bless us and those around us in our lives. 

 

FHE Treat

Treat

Oven-Baked Churros or  Smoothie Pops

Oven-Baked Churros

IngredientsBakedChurros

  1. 1 (17.3-oz.) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 1/4 cup melted butter

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Unfold and cut puff pastry sheets in half lengthwise, and cut each half crosswise into 1-inch-wide strips. Place strips on a lightly greased parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Meanwhile, combine sugar and cinnamon. Remove pastry strips from oven, and dip in butter; roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Let stand on a wire rack 5 minutes or until dry.

(Taken from Myrecipes.com)

 

 

Smoothie Pops

Ingredients:SmoothiePops

  1. 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
  2. 1/2 cup skim milk
  3. 1 cup frozen berries
  4. 3 5-oz. paper cups
  5. 3 ice-pop sticks
Instructions:
  1. Blend yogurt, skim milk and frozen berries until smooth.
  2. Pour into paper cups with ice-pop sticks. Freeze until solid.

(Taken from Myrecipes.com)

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

 

1-Family talent show – Perform your favorite talents for each other.

2. Gifts and Fruits of the spirit word search

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Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a social media manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and is addicted to organic milk, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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  1. Arelys Farnsworth

    Loved it! Please keep sending this newsletter to me. I am a convert. Seeking to learn as much as possible and I am also a Single parent of one. We BOTH want to learn. This is a wonderful tool for us. Thanks. God Bless.