Spiritual gifts are blessings or abilities given by God to His children through the power of the Holy Ghost. Gifts of the Spirit are given to bless and benefit those who love the Lord and seek to keep His commandments. (See D&C 46:9.)
Each faithful member of the Church has at least one spiritual gift, and the Lord encourages His children to “seek . . . earnestly the best gifts, always remembering for what they are given” (D&C 46:8). The scriptures teach of many gifts of the Spirit:
Knowledge “that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world” (D&C 46:13).
The capacity to believe the words of those who testify of Jesus Christ (see D&C 46:14).
Knowledge of “the differences of administration” (D&C 46:15; see also 1 Corinthians 12:5). This gift is used in administering and leading the Church.
Knowledge of “the diversities of operations,” which helps individuals discern whether a teaching or influence comes from God or from some other source (D&C 46:16; see also 1 Corinthians 12:6-7).
The gift of “the word of wisdom” (1 Corinthians 12:8; D&C 46:17). This does not refer to the law known as the Word of Wisdom (see D&C 89). Rather, it is the gift of wisdom—the ability to use knowledge in righteous ways.
The gift of “the word of knowledge” (1 Corinthians 12:8; D&C 46:18).
The ability to teach by the power of the Holy Ghost (see Moroni 10:9-10; see also D&C 46:18).
The gift of faith (see 1 Corinthians 12:9; Moroni 10:11).
The gift “to have faith to be healed” (D&C 46:19).
The gift “to have faith to heal” (D&C 46:20; see also 1 Corinthians 12:9; Moroni 10:11).
“The working of miracles” (1 Corinthians 12:10; D&C 46:21; see also Moroni 10:12).
The gift of prophecy (see 1 Corinthians 12:10; Moroni 10:13; D&C 46:22). The Apostle John taught that “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10).
“The beholding of angels and ministering spirits” (Moroni 10:14).
“Discerning of spirits” (1 Corinthians 12:10; D&C 46:23).
The gift to speak in different languages, or tongues (see 1 Corinthians 12:10; Moroni 10:15; D&C 46:24).
The gift of “the interpretation of tongues” (1 Corinthians 12:10; D&C 46:25; see also Moroni 10:16).
These spiritual gifts and others listed in the scriptures are only some examples of the many gifts of the Spirit. The Lord blesses His children in many ways according to their faithfulness and their needs and the needs of those they serve.
See also Holy Ghost; Revelation
See True to the Faith (2004), 165-67
This is an edited version of a talk delivered at a Brigham Young University women’s conference held 28 March 1986.
Spiritual gifts are given as a blessing and benefit for those who love God and keep His commandments.
Questions of general interest answered for guidance, not as official statements of Church policy
Additional Study Materials
Guide to the Scriptures
Gospel Principles, Chapter 22
The Latter-day Saint Woman: Part B, Lesson 3
Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood, Part B, Lesson 34
Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine Teacher's Manual, Lesson 15