2021

Increasing talents to build the kingdom, do the Lord's work

Every individual is blessed with many marvelous capabilities and talents, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy told BYU-Idaho students during a campus devotional on Jan. 25. It is how individuals identify and build upon those talents that is part of the journey of life and purpose of mortality, he said.

Drawing from the Parable of the Talents in the New Testament, Elder Rasband spoke of the importance of individuals identifying the talents they have been blessed with and then increasing those talents.

"Sometimes we have a fear of using our talents," he said. "We use excuses such as 'I know I can't do that,' or 'Someone else can do it much better than I,' or 'Those listening to me, or watching me, will criticize and judge me.' "

Elder Rasband reminded the audience that it is through discovering and building upon talents that individuals are able to build the kingdom on Earth and do the Lord's work.

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