The Parable of the Talents
    Footnotes

    “The Parable of the Talents,” Liahona, July 2015, 72–73

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    The Parable of the Talents

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    parable of the talents

    Jesus told a story, or parable, about a man who lent some coins to three people who worked for him. Then the man went away. While he was gone, two of the people worked hard and used their coins to earn more coins to give back to the man. But one person just buried his coin because he was afraid of losing it. When the man came back, he gave rewards to those who increased the coins he lent them. But he took the coin away from the person who hadn’t tried to increase it. (See Matthew 25:14–29.)

    Like the man in the parable, Heavenly Father has given each of us some something very valuable—not coins, but special abilities or talents, like singing, showing love, running, or helping others. Like the people in the parable, you have to work hard to make your talents grow!

    How can you follow Jesus’s teachings by using and improving your talents? You can feel happier and help others when you do.