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  1. D&C 82; " 3 For of him unto whom much is given much is required; and he who sins against the greater light shall receive the greater condemnation." What exactly is "given" in this life? Consider the parable of the ten talents. The three servants were given different amounts of talents according to their ability. The talents given were ones they did not have before although it was given according to their ability. Some suggest that "talents" are intrinsic to the spirit of the individual, they came here with them. In Gospel Principles is suggests that is the case (Chapter 2) that we developed talents before coming here. If that is the case, then talents are not given, they are characteristics developed and earned. Those would not qualify as a stewardship but ownership. If it is owned then it is not given. If someone, for example, is a child prodigy piano player, is that a talent that was given in this life or was it developed in the previous life, a characteristic of that spirit? If someone is a prodigy boxer, was that a talent they developed in the previous life, or a talent given? What exactly is "given" and how does one distinguish that from something that was intrinsic to the spirit? Along with that topic is the concept of stewardship. A steward, according to the Guide to the Scriptures on is "A person who takes care of the affairs or property of another. That which a steward cares for is called a stewardship. All things on earth belong to the Lord; we are his stewards. We are accountable to the Lord, but we may report on our stewardship to God’s authorized representatives. When we receive a calling of service from the Lord or his authorized servants, that stewardship may include both spiritual and temporal affairs (D&C 29:34)." So, what constitutes "our" property vs "things on earth" that belong to the Lord? Are these "stewardships" permanantly part of our spiritual character or are they temporarily ours as a steward. If any given aspect of ones character, talents or ability is not a stewardship, if it is intrinsic to the spirit, then it doesn't fall under the category of "where much is given, much is required". Right? If they are part of our character then why are they not called character (ownership) as opposed to stewardship? How does one pick out traits that are intrinsic (owned) vs ones given (stewardship)? Possibly, they are all given, nothing is "owned" until they are inherited at the end of our test, like the parable of the ten talents.
  2. Hi, I'd very much appreciate any help I can get with this... As I understand it, and according to, Heavenly Father has blessed all of us with talents and abilities that we brought with us from the premortal existence, and we have an obligation to develop them as best we can and use them for good, to help others, etc. A little over a year and a half ago, I was diagnosed as "gifted" in a few academic areas by an educational psychologist after years of suspecting this and pushing for the testing as a result. With my completely average IQ score, I shouldn’t be performing at the levels that I am, yet I do. I chalked this up to God-given talent, since these particular areas have always come naturally to me. But lately I’ve been feeling a little unsure. When I first got the results of the testing, I felt like they were an answer to my prayers in that they confirmed a lot for me. I still feel like this, and I’ve continued to pray for understanding of my talents, but now there’s this voice in the back of my head that keeps saying that maybe I’m not talented in the areas I think I am, or that I don’t have any talents at all. This is really worrying me, because I KNOW that we all do. I want to erase this doubt more than anything but I don’t know how. I’m also very uncomfortable discussing my “giftedness” with my parents. Just the thought makes me very embarrassed, and I don’t quite know how to go about it without coming off as arrogant. I know I’m not better than anyone else and I always pray for humility and to continually recognize my Heavenly Father’s hand in everything in my life, but I don’t know how to bring it up aside from saying, “Hey, did you know I’m gifted?” Who says that to someone? I mean, seriously? How can I feel secure in knowing what my talents are, stop doubting myself, and talk to my parents about being “gifted” without it coming out wrong? All I want to do is have the confidence I need to use my abilities for the good of others. I’m very grateful for the things I’m good at and I don’t ever want to take them for granted. I thank Heavenly Father for them every day. Thanks!
  3. This is the first time for me on this site. I really want to talk to fellow Mormons. I have been inspired to work through my music to help others. I posted a video of a song I wrote and sang called "My Name is Julie" about a brave young girl who I met who passed away from leukemia. I wanted to talk with others about sharing your talents to help others.