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    5 Superpowers of LDS Youth

    David A. Edwards Church Magazines

    Be super, and recognize the source of your power.

    In comic books, you usually need to have some kind of superpower to be a hero (or at least super riches so you can have super gadgets and stuff to make you super powerful).

    Well, did you know that as a Latter-day Saint youth, you have access to powers that make you more powerful than those superheroes (especially since they’re fictional and you’re real)?

    You obtain and enhance your access to these powers by making and keeping covenants with Heavenly Father.

    Here are just five of them.

    Young man praying

    1. Mighty prayer

    It may not allow you to fly through the sky, but prayer can “unite [your] soul with heaven” (Hymns, no. 144). Think of stories in the scriptures about someone who prayed in faith—Joseph Smith, Nephi, Enos, Hannah, Cornelius, to name just a few (see Joseph Smith—History 1:14–20; 1 Nephi 2:16; 2 Nephi 4:24; Enos 1:1–18; Acts 10). When your prayers are mighty, great things can happen in your life and the lives of others.

    2. Unwavering faith

    To unlock real power, you don’t need a radioactive spider bite or genetic mutation—you need faith. The great thing about faith is that it doesn’t just happen by an accident of fate or birth; it’s something we can choose to get and to grow (see Elder Neil L. Andersen, Oct. 2015 general conference). “Faith is a principle of power. God works by power, but His power is usually exercised in response to faith (see Moroni 10:7)” (Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service [2004], 116).

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    3. The pure love of Christ

    Perhaps you’ll never rescue anyone from a falling building or defend them against an alien attack, but with charity, you’ll be motivated and empowered to rescue people drifting toward the great and spacious building and to defend people against the adversary’s attacks. “Charity never faileth,” it is “the greatest of all,” it is “the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever” (Moroni 7:46–47). Not only is charity a powerful force for good in the world, but it is also one of the few things you can take with you after this life. In fact, it helps you become like Heavenly Father and enter His presence again.

    4. Humility

    People with superpowers aren’t usually very humble, but humility itself is a power. For instance, it’s a key to having the Lord guide you and answer your prayers (see D&C 112:10). With this power, you can “wax stronger and stronger in [your] humility” (Helaman 3:35). And remember, humility is related to meekness, and “the meek shall inherit the earth” (Psalm 37:11; see also Matthew 5:5).

    Young man receiving a blessing

    5. The priesthood and its ordinances

    The priesthood is the authority God delegates to man to act in His name and use His power for the benefit of His children. It isn’t like magic or science-fiction-type power—it’s better, because the ordinances and covenants associated with it can help you draw nearer to Jesus Christ, return to your Heavenly Father, and become more like Them. It operates on its own set of rules: “The rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and … the powers of heaven cannot be handled only upon the principles of righteousness” (D&C 121:36). The Melchizedek Priesthood “is without beginning of days or end of years” (D&C 84:17), and in its ordinances (particularly those of the temple) “the power of godliness is manifest” (D&C 84:20).

    The power you derive from each of these things ultimately comes from God. As you make and keep covenants, He blesses you with His Spirit, which has the power to teach, testify, enliven, sanctify, and more. These may not be the stuff of daydreams of heroism and derring-do, but they can help you do what you know in your heart is of greatest value to you and those around you.

    So be super, and recognize the source of your power.

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