One in which he is the most deceptive is the gift of tongues. All gifts and endowments given of the Lord to members of his Church are not given to control the Church; but they are under the control and guidance of the Priesthood, and are judged of by it” ( , 371).Joseph Smith and Brigham Young (1801–77) explained the need to be cautious when considering the gift of tongues. Of the sacred gifts of the Spirit, one that I believe has impact on each of our lives is the gift of prophecy or revelation.Our goal in coming to this mortal probation is to “return with honor” back into the presence of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost eternally. Eternal life is our goal at the end of our sojourn on earth.
“And all these gifts come from God, for the benefit of the children of God” (D&C ).
We are told by prophets in this dispensation that revelation for the direction of the Church will not be given through the gift of tongues.
On the other hand, I have seen the faith of parents when fathers and mothers desired their children to be healed.
Through great faith, their children have been blessed.
This Holy Spirit is a gift from God to help us make the decisions that will allow us to find and fulfill our mission.
These gifts were part of the ministry of the early prophets and were well known by the Apostles of the New Testament.
Many of you, as missionaries for the Church, have experienced all that I have just outlined.
Or you may have brought a friend or neighbor into the Church by the way you have lived your life or through your testimony.
“To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world.
“To others it is given to believe on their words, that they also might have eternal life if they continue faithful” (D&C –14).
The prophet Nephi describes baptism as a gate that we enter, after the gift of faith and repentance, to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.