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Chapter 20: Gifts of the Spirit: 8 March 1831

“Chapter 20: Gifts of the Spirit: 8 March 1831,” Doctrine and Covenants Stories (2002), 77–80

“Chapter 20,” Doctrine and Covenants Stories, 77–80

Chapter 20

Gifts of the Spirit

8 March 1831

Joseph receiving revelation

Joseph Smith received many revelations that taught about the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is a Spirit who helps Heavenly Father and Jesus. The Holy Ghost does not have a body of flesh and bones.

child receiving Gift of the Holy Ghost

Through the power of the Holy Ghost, God gives special gifts to members of the Church. These are called gifts of the Spirit, or spiritual gifts. Each Saint has at least one spiritual gift. Church members should learn about their gifts and use them to help each other. Jesus told Joseph Smith what some of these gifts are.

member bearing his testimony

Some Saints are given the gift of knowing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. They know He died for us. Other Saints are given the gift to recognize and believe the true testimonies of other people about Jesus.

leader teaching his people

Some Saints are given the gift to be leaders.

woman praying

Some Saints are given the gift to know the difference between righteous and wicked spirits. Righteous spirits are sent by God and make us feel good. Wicked spirits are sent by Satan and bring a bad feeling.

man teaching from scriptures

Some Saints are given the gift of wisdom. This gift helps them make good choices and properly use the knowledge Heavenly Father gives them. Some Saints are given the gift of knowledge. Those who have this gift are to teach others and help them make wise choices.

man blessing child

Some Saints are given the gift of faith to be healed. Others are given the gift to heal sick people. The Holy Ghost gives some Saints the gift to do miracles. Miracles show the power of God.

man speaking with Native American

Some Saints are given the gift to speak languages they do not know.

Joseph envisioning Salt Lake Temple

Some Saints are given the gift of prophecy. This gift helps them know and understand things that have happened in the past, things that are happening now, and things that will happen in the future.

man preaching

Some Saints are given many gifts. All Saints should use their gifts to serve and bless others.

bishop meeting with sister

The bishop can know what gifts each Saint has. He knows who will be good teachers. He knows which Saints love God and obey the commandments.

young girl kneeling in prayer

Righteous Saints should work and pray to be given the gifts they need. All of these gifts come from God.