To Each Is Given

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“To Each Is Given,” New Era, Aug. 1987, 7

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To Each Is Given

As I stood watching my cousin do her gymnastics, I was amazed to see all that she could do. Even though I was older, I couldn’t even do a cartwheel, no matter how hard I tried. Finally, I got tired of watching and went into the house. “Why can’t I do a cartwheel?” I thought. “I really have to work hard, but all she has to do is see something and then she can do it. Why can’t I?”

The next day in my physical education class we were required to do a cartwheel for a grade. Again my thoughts turned to my cousin, and I wondered why I couldn’t do such a simple little thing.

Sunday came around, and as I was thumbing through my scriptures waiting for church to start, my attention was drawn to two scriptures in the Doctrine and Covenants:

“For all have not every gift given unto them; for there are many gifts, and to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God.

“To some is given one, and to some is given another, that all may be profited thereby” (D&C 46:11–12). I realized then that each of us has different talents and capabilities and that we should develop those we have so we can lift and help one another.

After reading those scriptures, I no longer felt bad that I can’t do gymnastics. I was happy for my cousin because she can!