Thursday, January 11, 2001

1 Corinthians 12:8-11

"For 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; to another the interpretation of tongues:
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will."
1 Corinthians 12:8-11

This is cool.  God gives each one of us gifts through the Holy Ghost.  And why does he give us all different gifts? :)  Because he wants us to hang out together, learn from each other... be a community. :)  God *wants* us to be friends... to love each other, to teach each other important things.  Sometimes we think that the only place we are allowed to learn things is in church, and everything else is distraction... but we forget, this whole WORLD is a university for student Gods. :)  Church is the treatment program when we get off course, but God *never* tells us that we can't do some fieldwork... he wants us to.  We can develop our gifts, and learn some other gifts from our friends... teach them ours... and help each other through grad school, if we can make it that far... and, we can, together.  Joseph Smith said that the same sociality that exists among us here will exist among us there... (D&C 130:2) so we can still kick back and have a pizza with our friends, right?  :)  Okay, maybe not exactly... but people matter, and they will still matter later.  they are an excellent investment of our time, and energy, and emotion... learning to love is one of the primary lessons we have in this life.  Today, let's go out and learn it a little better. :)  Share some gifts, and notice the ones in other people.  This educational theorist, Gardner... he came up with this idea of "multiple intelligences" ... that everyone is smart in different ways.  God knew it already. :)

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