"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those that bring glad tidings of good things, and that say unto Zion: Behold, thy God reigneth! As the dews of Carmel, so shall the knowledge of God descend upon them!" ---D&C 128:19

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Infinite Atonement

Hey guys!
I have been reading the Infinite Atonement the past two transfers and it has been a really good read. There is a chapter called the "Blessing of Grace" that was really cool. I wanted to share a couple of things from what I learned from it.
"How does God transmit divine qualities and powers to a mere mortal?" The medium for the infusion of godlike powers and enabling traits from a divine being to an ordinary man is the Holy Ghost. . . . All of these divine qualities, . . . are scripturally labeled "spiritual gifts."
Basically what Brother Callister is telling us is that God gives us spiritual gifts to help perfect us. It is the way that we are enabled to do things beyond our own power and capacity. Brother Callister then goes on to explain that these gifts, in their fulness, are only enjoyed by members of the Church. (Count your blessings) Brother Callister also explains that spiritual gifts are God's way of helping us to overcome weaknesses as well as to achieve exaltation. When we pray to God to find out what it is we need to work on we must also pray to receive the spiritual gift that will help us to overcome that weakness. For example if we are quick to be angry with someone else we must pray for the gift of charity which suffereth long and is kind. The biggest thing I learned is that the key to receiving these gifts, whichever ones we need or desire, is not just our works alone, but also our prayers that we receive them. Often times that is the only thing that gets in the way of our receiving these gifts, when we do not ask for them.
I know that the Lord will bless us with the spiritual gifts we need. I know that he will help us to overcome our weaknesses and make them strengths. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
I love you guys! Have an awesome week!
Elder Cooper

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