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Whispering peace and joy to our souls
The Holy Ghost manifests
And with a sweet warmth we feel whole
As the Spirit both leads and suggests

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Always remember
For what gifts are given
In us does slumber
Light which comes of heaven

Spiritually we are offspring
Of our Father above
He who gives life to all things
Would we seek His gifts of love

Gifts of the Spirit come to us
In the form of pure intelligence
Transferred through the Holy Ghost
They enlighten combined existence

For brightened skills and abilities
He opens our eyes of understanding
Thus, one of the greatest tragedies
Is when we recognize naught what He is handing

We ought not to judge ourselves
By what is outwardly seen
Oft gifts are found as one delves
As then the Spirit helps us grow keen

Each gift is designed to help us transform
And while some lead to wealth, power, and position
There are more subtler forms
Like the ability to discern and make wise decisions

Bazaleel could work with metals, wood, and stone
King Solomon was granted wisdom to understand
Enoch saw not with the natural eye alone
And we’ve, also, at least one… valuable and grand

Ever we are learning to define Godly traits
As we weep, care for others, and are more patient
Thus receiving a glimpse of what for us awaits
Through the gifts of the Spirit’s administration

Jesus received a fullness of God’s glory
Possessing truth, knowledge, and power
And… we too can be quickened with bits of glory
To one day be joint heirs with Christ in that hour

For severally and according to God’s will
We can receive gifts come by the Spirit of Christ
To instill faith, heal, testify, and perform miracles
Even to speak or interpret languages of all kinds

Let us seek gifts to benefit God’s kingdom
Coveting earnestly in the name of Christ
Let us have faith, hope, and charity, even
Desiring to do good…filled with promise and delight

covet earnestly- 1cor 12:31,
at least one gift- D&C 46:11-17
faith, hope, charity D&C 46:20-23
spiritual gifts are available through the manifestation of the Spirit of God unto men, to profit them Moroni 10:8
Bezaleel Ex 31:1-5
King Solomon 1Kings 3:5-15
Enoch Moses 6:36

Lane Johnson
How to Receive Spiritual Gifts
Ensign, Dec 1975, 46

Marvin J. Ashton
There are Many Gifts
Ensign, Nov 1987, 20

Relief Society General Presidency
Seeking the Best Gifts
Ensign, Jan 1997, 55

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Through windows of wisdom
And doors of new dawns
We advance in God’s kingdom
Singing glad songs

We ever see clearer
Unto possibilities
As to God we draw nearer
Spending time on our knees

Believing… we try
To do the right thing
Our giving of time
Is but an off’ring

Believing… we read
And want to feel close
To the Spirit to feed
As His love out flows

Believing… we give
Generously
Holy laws to live
Ours eternally

Reaching up… we find
What is ours to do
In both heart and mind
There’s guidance that schools

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You Were Closed Minded

You were very closed minded
And found it becoming
To know you’d decided
What was forthcoming

I knew it was pointless
To warn with a word
Your nose pointed highest
You saw not nor heard

Your nose was sky high
Continually sunning
So I thought “why try”
When I saw the dog running

Foaming at the mouth
Panting with a drool
He jumped. You went south
Into a muddy pool

With mud on your face
Your neck straightened, and still
Unphased by disgrace
You re-stubborned your will.

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The rules of civility and decent behavior
Are now being reviewed, discoursed, and favored
When one focuses on manners- how to be courteous to others
One is governing actions as it’s through respect one honors

Ever as one who would honor and obey natural parents
We, also, ought to speak of God seriously and with reverence
Let us labor to keep alive in our breast
That celestial fire, sparking as our conscience

look at Foundation Magazine…
http://www.foundationsmag.com/civility.html
and see a summary of what applies to civility

By age sixteen, Washington had copied out by hand, 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. They are based on a set of rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595. Presumably they were copied out as part of an exercise in penmanship assigned by young Washington’s schoolmaster. The first English translation of the French rules appeared in 1640, and are ascribed to Francis Hawkins the twelve-year-old son of a doctor.

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The rules of civility and decent behavior
Are now being reviewed, discoursed, and favored
When one focuses on manners- how to be courteous to others
One is governing actions as it’s through respect one honors

Ever as one who would honor and obey natural parents
We, also, ought to speak of God seriously and with reverence
Let us labor to keep alive in our breast
That celestial fire, sparking as our conscience

click on the above title to go to Foundation Magazine…
and see a summary of what applies to civility

By age sixteen, Washington had copied out by hand, 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. They are based on a set of rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595. Presumably they were copied out as part of an exercise in penmanship assigned by young Washington’s schoolmaster. The first English translation of the French rules appeared in 1640, and are ascribed to Francis Hawkins the twelve-year-old son of a doctor.

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The world is in trouble
Filled with discord
Disasters have doubled
And we need the Lord

The heavens will shake
As well as the earth
God’s people, awake!
And teach man his worth

For there is a promise:
The righteous will be spared
What sweet comfort, I find this!
As well as feel a duty to share

Our Father expects
Us to be righteous
To keep His commandments
Prayerfully, through Jesus

We need to be found virtuous
Regardless of where we station
It’s our moral duty to spread happiness
Within families, communities, and nations

Our Path of Duty
Bishop Keith B. McMullin
Ensign, May 2010, 13

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