Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

This is Thy Gift

Do you ever have moments in life when you feel like you are being led? Moments when the same lesson keeps showing up unexpectedly when you least expect it?

That is happening to me this week.  On Sunday my heart took fire during the lesson when our Relief Society teacher spoke about Elder Eyring's conference talk on gifts.  Yesterday I spent the day pondering that talk.

This morning I opened up my scriptures to study the Sunday School lesson for this week.  The learning comes from D&C 6, 8, & 9.

So I began:

"Behold thou hast a gift, and blessed art thou because of thy gift.  Remember it is sacred and cometh from above––and if thou wilt inquire, thou shalt know...therefore thou shalt exercise thy gift..."  (D&C 6:10-11)

"Therefore this is thy gift; apply unto it, and blessed art thou...remember, this is your gift....Therefore, doubt not, for it is the gift of God; and you shall hold it in your hands, and do marvelous works; and no power shall be able to take it away out of your hands, for it is the work of God."  (D&C 8:4, 5, &8)

It's not my birthday, and we just finished Christmas, so I am not really due for any gift giving right now.  But I will be honest, I love receiving gifts.  I find my heart filling with anticipation.  What is this gift?  What does the Lord hold in store for me...for my children...for Greg...for those I love?

Since Sunday my thoughts have been filled with an abundance of love for our Heavenly Father who bestows blessings, for the Savior who is the Giver of Every Good Gift, for the Spirit who manifests these gifts unto us ––a Godhead united in their intent to bless us.

To bestow gifts.

However, as I read the D&C today I am learning that we can't just wait for the gift to fall into hands outstretched... these chapters teach us that there must be effort on our part.

"Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.  But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right."  (D&C 9:7-9)

Study, ask, feel.  All of these are action words.

I look closer and realized that these three chapters are filled with action words:  seek, knock, desire, keep, assist, inquire, be diligent, stand faithfully, be patient, be sober, be temperate, have patience, faith, hope and charity, treasure up, do good, doubt not, fear not, perform, believe, apply unto it, remember, be patient, do not murmur, be faithful, yield to no temptation, stand fast.

I can't help but remember my favorite story about obtaining a gift and, in particular, my favorite line at the end, "long walk part of gift."  (You can read about it here.)  I realize that this journey, which began on Sunday, is probably going to require a long walk.

Who knows where this trail will lead...

But I have faith in a Savior who leads and trust in a Father who bestows.

So I set off, seeking.

Deliberate Discipleship:

Today I am going to spend some time reflecting on these three chapters...the action words, the counsel, and the promises.  I have decided to set aside this week for discovering gifts, for having eyes open to see the possibilities, for believing.  It's way too cold to journey anywhere outside right now, but I am totally up for a journey of the heart.  I can't wait to see where it will lead.