The purpose of the gifts of the spirit is, in part, to aid the saints in avoiding the deception of false doctrines which may be of men or of devils. It’s more than just having a gift, though. We are to earnestly seek the best gifts. When we ask we should remember the purpose of the gift, that we will not consume it upon our lusts. All these gifts come from God for the benefit of his children. As you consider individual gifts of the Spirit, consider how this can help you to avoid being deceived.
This lesson refers primarily to D&C 46 which discusses many of the same gifts as in 1 Cor. 12 and Moroni 10. D&C 46 deals in general with principles related to governing and conducting meetings. Meetings are to be conducted as directed by the Holy Spirit. Verses7-8 issues a command and a warning, that by following the Spirit, “ye may not be seduced by evil spirits, or doctrine of devils, or the commandments of men; for some are of men, and others of devils. Wherefore, beware lest ye are deceived; and that ye may not be deceived seek ye earnestly the best gifts…”
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