Sunday, June 2, 2013

I See... the Lesser-Known Gifts

The scriptures teach us that everyone is blessed with at least one spiritual gift. The glossy, well-known gifts, according to the Gospel Principles Manual are the gift of tongues,  interpretation of tongues, translation,  wisdom,  knowledge, teaching wisdom and knowledge, prophecy, healing, miracles, faith, and others. Culturally, however, we tend to discount what Elder Marvin J Ashton described as  “less-conspicuous gifts: the gift of asking; the gift of listening; the gift of hearing and using a still, small voice; the gift of avoiding contention; the gift of being agreeable; the gift of seeking that which is righteous; the gift of not passing judgment; the gift of looking to God for guidance; the gift of being a disciple; the gift of caring for others; the gift of being able to ponder; the gift of offering prayer.”

The Mormon Third Eye suspects that there may be even lesser known gifts than those mentioned above. Elder Bruce R. McConkie claimed that “spiritual gifts are endless in number and infinite in variety; those listed in the revealed word are simply illustrations.” In trying to live out a celestial marriage in a telestial world, perhaps there are many seemingly trivial gifts husbands could possess that would be highly prized by their wives. The gifts I’m talking about are:
  • The gift of putting dirty clothes in the hamper instead of the floor;
  • The gift of closing the toilet lid after use; 
  • The gift of doing dishes without being asked;
  • The gift of keeping track of scheduled maintenance of the cars;
  • The gift of not leaving crumbs strewn around the house;
  • The gift of cleaning up your own messes;
  • The gift of remembering which night is trash night;
  • The gift of weeding the yard;
  • And last of all, the gift of remembering birthdays and anniversaries.
The Mormon Third Eye thoroughly believes that husbands who acquire these lesser-known gifts stand a much better chance of blessing the lives of their wives with the dignity they deserve.

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