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Gifts of the Spirit {Downloadable PDF eBook}

Gifts of the Spirit is a penetrating examination of the manner in which the Holy Ghost functions among the members of the Church. It is written to show that spiritual gifts exist, to explain the nature of many of those those gifts, and to bear witness to their divine origin. It also shows how you can gain the influence of the Holy Spirit and partake of the wonderful spiritual gifts that can enrich your life.  If you will give it prayerful consideration, Gifts of the Spirit will help you make contact with the Holy Ghost and identify the sweet gifts which can shape your life and bring you eternal joy.

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    by Duane S. Crowther

    Gifts of the Spirit is a penetrating examination of the manner in which the Holy Ghost functions among Latter-day Saints. It explains the nature of revelation and inspiration and shows how man can receive the guidance of the Spirit in his daily life. The book will help every person who will give it prayerful consideration to make contact with the Holy Ghost and to partake of the rich gifts which are available to him.

    Hundreds of examples of the manifestations of the Holy Ghost are cited from biographies and other historical records, which makes the book a fascinating source of information and faith. Each of the spiritual gifts, such as prophecy, healing, faith, knowledge of God, tongues and testimony, are set forth in a clear and interesting manner. Intensive research of the scriptures forms the basis for careful explanation of the many lesser-known gifts of the Spirit also. The clear and readable style, chapter summaries, and careful organization make the book a valuable tool for students, study groups, and scholars within the Church. Gifts of the Spirit will be read, studied, and discussed throughout the Church and will stand as a significant contribution to gospel literature.

    If you desire to determine the spiritual gifts you should seek and learn how to gain the Holy Spirit’s guidance in obtaining them, you will especially benefit from chapter one: Seeking the Gifts of the Spirit, and chapter two: Recognizing the Guidance of  the Spirit.

                   Table of Contents

    Introduction, i
    Purposes of this Book
    Classifications of Spiritual Gifts
    Are the Experiences Reported in this Book True?
    Acknowledgments

    Explanation of Footnote and Reference Procedures, vi

    Table of Contents, vii

    PART I: THE QUEST

    1. Seeking the Gifts of the Spirit, 1
    An Approach to the Doctrine of Spiritual Gifts
    The Purpose of Spiritual Gifts
    Signs to Follow Believers
    Signs Not to Satisfy Personal Ambitions or Lusts
    Gifts, Not Signs, to Be Sought
    Where Much is Given, Much is Required
    How to Seek the Gifts of the Spirit
    Summary

    2. Recognizing the Guidance of the Spirit, 21
    Revealed Aids to Recognizing Revelation
    Other Descriptions of the Physical Sensations Characteristic of the Promptings of the Spirit
    Verifying Revelation and Inspiration
    Summary

    PART II: GIFTS OF KNOWLEDGE

    3. A Testimony of the Divinity of Jesus Christ Through His Personal Manifestation, 51
    Knowledge that Jesus is the Son of God
    Personal Visitations of the Resurrected Christ in New Testament Times
    Personal Visitations of the Resurrected Christ in Book of Mormon Times
    Personal Appearances and Manifestations of the Savior in the Latter Days
    The Savior to Appear to the Humble
    Summary

    4. A Testimony of the Divinity of Jesus Christ Through Belief in the Witness of Others, 67
    Knowledge of Christ’s Divinity Through the Testimony of God the Father
    Knowledge of Christ’s Divinity Through the Witness of the Holy Ghost
    Knowledge of Christ’s Divinity Through Belief on the Words of Others
    Testimony of Christ from the Scriptures
    Testimony of Christ from the Prophets
    Conversion Through the Preaching and Example of Believers
    Summary

    5. Godly Knowledge, 79
    Knowledge the Key to the Celestial Kingdom
    Knowledge of God and His Plans for Mankind
    Knowledge of Good and Evil
    Godly Knowledge to Stabilize Faith
    Godly Knowledge to Show the Will of God
    Godly Knowledge to Further God’s Work
    Godly Knowledge to Increase Personal Understanding
    Knowledge a Preparation for the Hereafter
    Doctrinal Truths Revealed for Individual Progress
    Church Strengthened Through Revelation to Individual Members
    Summary

    6. Godly Wisdom, 99
    Godly Wisdom the Proper Use of Godly Knowledge
    Wise Actions Prompted by the Spirit
    Seeking the Wisdom of Heaven
    Godly Wisdom Versus the Foolishness of Men
    Summary

    PART III: GIFTS OF FAITH

    7. Faith, 113
    Seeking Faith—The Beginning of the Path
    Faith a Hope in Things Unseen
    The Results of Faith
    Two “Roll Calls” of Faith—Some Examples
    Latter-day Examples of Faith
    Faith and the Full Manifestation of God’s Power
    Lack of Faith a Retarding Force
    Summary

    8. Faith to Heal Others, 131
    The Healing Power of Jesus and His Followers
    Four Factors in the Gift of Healing
    Miracles with the Gift of Healing
    Those Who Seek to Use Faith to Heal Must Be Worthy of the Gift
    Those Who Administer Must Follow the Will of the Lord
    Summary

    9. Faith to Be Healed, 147
    Man Healed Through His Own Faith
    The Nature of Faith to Be Healed
    Those Who Possess Faith Healed in Many Ways
    Faith to Be Healed and the Forgiveness of Sins
    Sickness also Caused by Satan
    Summary

    10. Miracles, 163
    Miracles a Sign of the Faithful
    Miraculous Powers Granted to Man
    Many Types of Miracles
    Miracles Performed Other than by Divine Power
    Miracles Not Shown to Unbelievers
    Summary

    11. Helps and Governments, 175
    Preparation for Church Callings
    Guidance in Travels
    Assistance in Meeting Temporal Needs
    Summary

    PART IV: GIFTS OF COMMUNICATION

    12. Revelation, 191
    Revelation Necessary for the Progress of Man
    Revelation Given in Many Ways
    Man to Seek Knowledge of the Mysteries
    Scriptures to Reveal Mysteries
    Some Knowledge Withheld by God
    Revelation to Guide the Church
    Summary

    13. Prophecy, 215
    Prophecy a Gift for Many
    Purposes of Prophecy
    Tests of Prophetic Veracity
    The Gift to Interpret Prophecy
    Prophecy Not Predestination
    Summary

    14. Speaking in Tongues, 227
    Purpose of the Gift of Tongues
    Counsel on the Use of the Gift
    Gift of Tongues to be Manifested in the Last Days
    Gift of Tongues Manifested in Three Forms
    Summary

    15. Interpretation of Tongues, 241
    Nature of the Gift
    Summary

    16. Six Gifts of Self-expression, 247
    Gifts of Communication Often Manifested
    The Gift of Speaking
    Summary of the Gift of Speaking
    The Gift of Writing
    Summary of the Gift of Writing
    The Gift of Translation
    Summary of the Gift of Translation
    The Gift of Teaching
    Summary of the Gift of Teaching
    The Gift of Expounding the Scriptures
    Summary of the Gift of Expounding the Scriptures
    The Gift of Bearing Testimony
    Summary of the Gift of Bearing Testimony

    PART V: GIFTS OF CHURCH ADMINISTRATION

    17. Administration, 275
    A Gift of Leadership and Organizational Ability
    Priesthood Administration Directed by the Holy Ghost
    Priesthood Leaders May Discern All Spiritual Gifts
    The Gift of Administration to be Used with Caution
    Summary

    18. Diversities of Operations, 281
    Two Manifestations of the Gift
    Knowledge of Whether Activities and Events are Inspired of God
    Knowledge of Current Happenings
    Examples of Those Who Lack the Gift
    The Need for this Gift in the Last Days
    Applying the Gift
    Summary

    19. Discerning of Spirits, 293
    The Discerning of Spirits
    Discerning Attitudes and Traits
    Guidance in Applying the Gift
    Discerning Spirit Beings
    Summary

    PART VI: GIFTS OF SALVATION AND EXALTATION

    20. Repentance, 305
    Godly Sorrow and Worldly Sorrow Contrasted
    Repentance Essential to Exaltation
    This Life the Time to Repent
    Loss of the Spirit from Failure to Repent
    Repentance Prevented by Labors of Satan
    Summary

    21. Charity, 317
    Charity the Pure Love of Christ
    Charity a Gift of the Spirit
    The Qualities of Charity
    The Manifestations of Charity
    Summary

    22. Hope, 325
    Man to Hope for Eternal Life
    Summary

    23. Eternal Life, 329
    Eternal Life the Greatest of the Gifts of God
    Seeking Exaltation
    Man Granted the Expectation of Exaltation
    Summary

    Author’s Testimony, 339

    List of Scriptural Passages Cited in this Book, 341

    Index, 347