Monday, August 8, 2011

Use your Talents

An ancient prophet/king of the Ancient Americas in the Book of Mormon once said, " And now I ask, can ye say aught of yourselves? I answer you, Nay. Ye cannot say that ye are even as much as the dust of the earth; yet ye were created of the dust of the earth; but behold, it belongeth to him who created you." Mosiah 2:25  He also says, "... he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever; therefore, of what have ye to boast?" Mosiah 2:24

Without God we would be nothing. He created even the dust from whence we came. This morning i thought to myself: How can we merit any talents then if we are always "still indebted unto him"? It is because He wants us to succeed. He gives us talents to use for the benefit of others, not ourselves. He knows that in order to reach the height of our potentials, we will need to have certain talents and abilities, so he gives them to us according to our desires. That's the key word: DESIRE. We don't have to be perfect, only to strive for perfection. President Joseph F Smith Said it best: "I do not expect that we can be as perfect as Christ, that we can be as righteous as God. But I believe that we can strive for that perfection with the intelligence that we possess, and the knowledge that we have of the principles of life and salvation." (Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed., Salt Lake City, Deseret Book Co., 1939, p. 132; italics added.) Each Talent is a tool for us to use to become Perfected in Christ. We are expected to use the talents we have and multiply them.

As we exercise our talents and seek to develop them, we will find ourselves become more and more like the Savior. SO USE YOUR TALENTS!

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