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How does Heavenly Father want me to use my spiritual gifts?

Spiritual gifts are blessings or abilities that are given by the power of the Holy Ghost. As children of Heavenly Father, we all have spiritual gifts. God gives us these gifts so that we can serve others and help build His kingdom. He has commanded us to diligently seek out and develop our spiritual gifts.

Prepare yourself spiritually

What scriptures and other resources will help the young women understand spiritual gifts and how Heavenly Father wants them to be used?

1 Corinthians 12:3–27; Moroni 10:8–18; D&C 46:13–25 (Examples of spiritual gifts)

D&C 46:8–10 (Why we are given spiritual gifts)

D&C 46:11–12 (Spiritual gifts are given to everyone)

Articles of Faith 1:7 (We believe in spiritual gifts)

Henry B. Eyring, “Help Them Aim High,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 60–67

David A. Bednar, “Quick to Observe,” Ensign, Dec. 2006, 31–36; or Liahona, Dec. 2006, 14–20

Spiritual Gifts,” True to the Faith (2004), 165–67

The Gifts of the Spirit,” Gospel Principles (2009), 125–32

Video: “Extraordinary Gift”

Share experiences

At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.

Introduce the doctrine

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Write these questions on the board: What are spiritual gifts? How do I identify my spiritual gifts? How does Heavenly Father want me to use my gifts? Invite the young women to share possible answers to these questions. Invite them to look for additional insights throughout the lesson.
  • Bring to class a gift-wrapped box with “Doctrine and Covenants 46:8” written on a piece of paper inside. Invite the young women to imagine what might be inside the box. Ask one of them to open the box and read the scripture. What are “the best gifts”? Encourage the young women to think about this question during this lesson. 

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help the young women learn about the gifts of the Spirit. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:

  • Write on the board the following three questions: Why are we given spiritual gifts? Who is given spiritual gifts? (see D&C 46:9). What are some examples of spiritual gifts? Assign each of the young women one of the scriptures from this outline that help answer these questions. Ask her to study the scripture and share the answers she finds. Which of these gifts do the young women have? Which would they like to have? (If any of the young women have received their patriarchal blessing, suggest that they read their blessing later to find out which spiritual gifts they have been given.) Invite the young women to share their thoughts on how spiritual gifts can help them now and in their future roles and responsibilities.
  • Invite the young women to read the lists of spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:8–10; Moroni 10:9–16; or Doctrine and Covenants 46:13–25 and find a gift they are interested in learning more about. Give them time to study the gift they chose using resources such as “The Gifts of the Spirit” in Gospel Principles (pages 125–30), “Spiritual Gifts” in True to the Faith (pages 165–67), or the Topical Guide. Ask them to share what they find. How can these gifts be used to help build the kingdom of God?
  • Ask the young women to list the gifts of the Spirit they know of (if they need help, refer them to the scriptures suggested in this outline). Invite them to read the list of “less conspicuous gifts” at the beginning of Elder David A. Bednar’s talk “Quick to Observe.” Ask the young women to share examples they have seen of people using one of these gifts to bless the lives of others. What other “less conspicuous gifts” can the young women think of? Share examples of spiritual gifts you have noticed in each of the young women in the class.
  • Invite each young woman to review the list of spiritual gifts on pages 165–66 of True to the Faith and select one or more that she would like to develop. Ask her to explain why she chose those gifts. How do we develop spiritual gifts? Invite the young women to search Doctrine and Covenants 46:7–12 and “We Can Develop Our Gifts” in Gospel Principles, page 130–31. Ask them to share what they learn.
  • Show the video “Extraordinary Gift,” and invite the young women to think of and share a talent or gift they see in each member of the class (make sure that good qualities of each young woman are shared). Invite the young women to read Matthew 25:14–30, or invite a class member to retell the parable of the talents. How does this parable relate to the gifts God has given us? How can we use our talents to serve others and fulfill our responsibilities? Invite the young women to write down their thoughts, and ask a few of them to share what they wrote with the class.

Ask the young women to share what they learned today. What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they understand spiritual gifts better? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time on this topic?

Live what we are learning

Invite the young women to consider how they will live by what they have learned today. For example, they could:

  • Pray earnestly to understand their own spiritual gifts and seek to use them for the benefit of others.
  • Complete Individual Worth value experience 7 in Personal Progress.