Quotes on Gifts

Rings and other jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts.  The only gift is a portion of thyself. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

In a dream, John Weightman was surprised at his reward when he went to heaven after his death.  He argued, “Have you not heard that I have built a schoolhouse; a wing of a hospital; . . . three . . . churches?”

“Wait,” the guide cautioned.  “They were not ill done.  But they were all marked and used as foundations for the name and mansion of John Weightman in the world. . . . Verily, you have had your reward for them.  Would you be paid twice?”

A sadder but wise John Weightman spoke more slowly:  “What is it that counts here?”

Came the reply, “Only that which is truly given.  Only that good which is done for the love of doing it.  Only those plans in which the welfare of others is the master thought.  Only those labors in which the sacrifice is greater than the reward.  Only those gifts in which the giver forgets himself.” — President Thomas S. Monson, “See Thou Tell No Man,” Ensign, June 1992, p. 3

The physical characteristics that we inherit from our parents are obvious.  The spiritual characteristics we inherit from our heavenly parents have to be developed.  You have been born with all the godlike gifts that Christ has.  They are within you, but you have to choose to cultivate and develop them.  Spiritual growth doesn’t just happen without our best efforts. — Elaine Jack, Ensign, November 1989, pp. 87-88

We should read often D&C 46:11:  “All have not every gift given unto them; for there are many gifts, and to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God.”  What a promise that is for us, and especially each of our children.  We may not have everything, but Heavenly Father has promised that we each have at least one special gift that we can develop and share with others, and we may even have many gifts.  In addition, we have been told that we have weaknesses, and we are told why we have weaknesses: “If men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness.  I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”  (Ether 12:27)  If we humble ourselves before our Father in heaven and before our brothers and sisters, recognizing our weaknesses and that we may not be good in all things, He will help us work on what we have as we strive for perfection. — General Relief Society President Barbara B. Smith et al., “A Woman’s Choices: The Relief Society Legacy Lectures,” p. 70

Give a man a dollar and you cheer his heart.  Give him a dream and you challenge his heart.  Give him Christ and you change his heart.  Then the dollar and the dream become meaningful to him, and to others. — Neil Strait

When we have entered into divine covenants, the Holy Ghost is our comforter, our guide, and our companion.  The fruits of the Holy Spirit are “the peaceable things of immortal glory; the truth of all things; that which quickeneth all things, which maketh alive all things; that which knoweth all things, and hath all power according to wisdom, mercy, truth, justice, and judgment” (Moses 6:61).  The gifts of the Holy Spirit are testimony, faith, knowledge, wisdom, revelations, miracles, healing, and charity, to name but a few. — Elder D. Todd Christofferson, “The Power of Covenants,” Ensign, May 2009, pp. 19-23