The Gifts – Moroni 10:1-34

1 Now I, Moroni, write somewhat as seemeth me good [These are what Moroni considers to be his last words, what he wants to share before the record is sealed up.]; and I write unto my brethren, the Lamanites; and I would that they should know that more than four hundred and twenty years have passed away since the sign was given of the coming of Christ. [Why does Moroni specifically want to write to the Lamanites? He knows that the Nephites are no more, that they are the only remnant of his brethren that will some day read this book.]

2 And I seal up these records, after I have spoken a few words by way of exhortation unto you.

3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.

This is a popular verse, often used in missionary work to invite someone to pray about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Pondering is a form of prayer, and if someone were to consider the dealings of God in history since the time of Adam it is not farfetched to think that a book like this is possible.

4 And when ye shall receive these things [the book and the knowledge contained herein], I would exhort [strongly recommend to] you that ye would ask God [pray specifically], the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true [exactly as they are written without exaggeration]; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent [expecting to receive an answer], having faith in Christ [Christ is the foundation of your faith], he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. [Through the gifts of the Spirit, whether that be revelation, the ministering of angels, or some other way.]

5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

“The power of the Holy Ghost” is another way of saying the gifts of the Spirit. This is how the Lord communicates with us. This is how “all things” are made known to us regarding the past, present, future, truth, error, the physical, the spiritual, and the mysteries of all creation. 

Many people are confused by this part of scripture, wondering how the Holy Ghost can truly manifest that truth to them. Most, simply wait for a warm feeling, or some emotion to come upon them when they ask. Is this the “manifestation” that Moroni is suggesting? Such feelings may follow a true manifestation as we feel emotions of gratitude or love, but they are not the manifestation of the Spirit which teaches truth.

When the Spirit of revelation is given it comes as clear thoughts upon the mind and heart of an individual. Like looking upon your infant child for the first time and knowing they are truly yours. Like trying to decide something after prayerfully seeking an answer and knowing exactly how to proceed without question. This is the first step in exercising the power of the Holy Ghost or the gift of discernment. But how well can a person know?

The Lord blesses all who come to Him (in the name of Christ) asking that they may know enough to move forward. Their faith will not yet become perfect, but they will know if it is a good and will persevere until they shall truly “know the truth of all things.” That statement is not a sudden gift given to all who simply ask. It requires much faith, diligence, and patience, until they are able to ask all their questions freely in the presence of the Lord. And that is the truth of the matter.

6 And whatsoever thing is good is just and true; wherefore, nothing that is good denieth the Christ, but acknowledgeth that he is. [Moroni is referring back to his father’s epistle in Moroni 7. For anything that preaches Christ and acknowledges Him is from the Spirit of God.]

7 And ye may know that he is, by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore I would exhort you that ye deny not the power of God [gifts of the Spirit]; for he worketh by power, according to the faith of the children of men, the same today and tomorrow, and forever. [Without faith (seeking God’s will and acting upon it), you will not exercise such power.]

8 And again, I exhort you, my brethren, that ye deny [reject] not the gifts of God, for they are many [too many to count]; and they come from the same God. And there are different ways that these gifts are administered; but it is the same God who worketh all in all; and they are given by the manifestations of the Spirit of God unto men, to profit them. [The gifts of the Spirit come in such diversity, because the Lord’s works cover many people, their levels of faith, and situations. Often they are referred to as miracles, because they cannot be understood by the carnal mind. Some are very specific, and other gifts cross over in their application. Some gifts are required to begin the journey to come unto Christ, and others are not given until one has matured in their faith and become a servant of the Lord.]

9 For behold, to one is given by the Spirit of God, that he may teach the word of wisdom; [The “word of wisdom” is how the Lord expects us to apply His laws and ordinances. It requires revelation and at time prophecy, which are also gifts.]

10 And to another, that he may teach the word of knowledge by the same [gift] Spirit; [The “word of knowledge” is the same as above, but suggests the kind of prophecy that is given from one who knows the Lord and shares such information, such as a prophet, seer, and revelator.]

11 And to another, exceedingly great faith [Those who have “exceedingly great faith” go to great lengths to know the Lord and do His work, this is a gift of the Spirit.]; and to another, the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; [The same kind of desire leads to the ability to heal in Christ’s name.]

12 And again, to another, that he may work mighty miracles; [Every gift of the Spirit is a miracle, but the “mighty” ones are the kind that change the course of history. Sometimes, they come in the form of small acts of faith.]

13 And again, to another, that he may prophesy concerning all things; [This gift is available to any man, women, and child. Do you believe it? The Lord can speak through His Spirit to anyone with the purpose of sharing to another.]

14 And again, to another, the beholding of angels [resurrected beings of great light sent to perform a mission] and ministering spirits; [usually spirits of the righteous dead who come to assist the living] 

It is not uncommon for those who have removed their false traditions (unbelief) to begin to see in the Spirit and converse with angels and ministering spirits. Such things seem deceptive to those with hard hearts, but we remember the words of Moroni, “Nothing that is good denieth the Christ, but acknowlegeth that he is.”

15 And again, to another, all kinds of tongues; [There are many kinds of tongues that can be spoken. There are the languages used in the world to communicate between people, and the prayer of tongues where an individual can pray to God with great power.]

16 And again, to another, the interpretation of languages and of divers [various] kinds of tongues. [This is more for doing the labors of the kingdom in gathering Israel and preaching repentance, baptism, and the Holy Ghost. All servants of the Lord called to this capacity in the end of times will exercise this gift, and we are not talking about learning a foreign language.]

17 And all these gifts come by the Spirit of Christ; and they come unto every man severally, according as he will. [They come for the purpose of establishing the kingdom of Heaven, the gathering of Israel, and to bring us to Christ. Every person who comes unto Christ receives them in multiples, even as many gifts as they need without restraint.]

18 And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember that every good gift cometh of Christ. [It all comes through Christ. This is why every prayer to the Father is in the name of Christ, because without Him we cannot exercise any of the gifts of the Spirit, including discernment, revelation, etc. He is the light that connects us to heaven. It is all Him, and no other!]

19 And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember that he is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and that all these gifts of which I have spoken, which are spiritual, never will be done away, even as long as the world shall stand, only according to the unbelief of the children of men. [How many read the scriptures and think that such miracles do not occur to them in their lives. How many hold tight to the false traditions that prevent them from exercising these gifts. Are people controlled by the culture of propriety that surrounds their civic, church, and personal lives? Have you heard that only the clergy or authority have the right to exercise these gifts of the Spirit? Many are rebuked for attempting to use them, or even share what they experience. What do you think about this? What will you do?]

It is important to remember that God’s House is one of order. But, how is that handled amongst the believers? Using the gifts of the Spirit is a sacred trust and requires careful application. When we seek any gifts to gratify our pride, gain attention, gather a following, or simply to seek for a sign, the Spirit of the Lord is grieved and we are back to square one.

20 Wherefore, there must be faith; and if there must be faith there must also be hope; and if there must be hope there must also be charity. [Again, Moroni refers back to his father’s epistle in chapter 7. Faith, hope, and charity – the Doctrine of Christ. These three principles of the Gospel create a platform to exercise all the gifts of the Spirit.]

21 And except ye have charity ye can in nowise be saved in the kingdom of God; neither can ye be saved in the kingdom of God if ye have not faith; neither can ye if ye have no hope. [All three, repentance, baptism, and the Holy Ghost make it possible to come unto Christ and be saved in His Kingdom.]

22 And if ye have no hope ye must needs be in despair; and despair cometh because of iniquity. [If we do not exercise the virtues of godliness we are not filled with light and will suffer because of despair, the result of iniquity and separation from God.]

23 And Christ truly said unto our fathers: If ye have faith ye can do all things which are expedient unto me. [Faith is the root of repentance, seeking the will of the Lord in our life (the Path of Salvation). As the disciple of Christ exercises faith they are given the gifts of the Spirit to guide them to the rod of iron. Then they are given the Holy Ghost and further gifts to help them to reach the Tree of Life and partake of the fruit.]

24 And now I speak unto all the ends of the earth [To every soul, both the remnant of Jacob, the Jews, and the Gentiles]—that if the day cometh that the power and gifts of God shall be done away among you, it shall be because of unbelief. [false traditions, and rejecting the gifts of God.]

25 And wo [so sad and cursed be their situation] be unto the children of men if this be the case; for there shall be none that doeth good among you, no not one. For if there be one among you that doeth good, he shall work by the power and gifts of God.

This is a bold declaration. There are many “good” people in the world according to the definition most would use to describe people who are kind, generous, loving, and responsible. But, this is not the kind of good that Moroni is referring to. He writes to those who are coming to Christ and in harmony with His light, as the gifts of God are manifest. For only by the faith we exercise in coming to Him can we receive a fullness of the Holy Ghost and have Eternal Life. All else remains in the telestial sphere in which they reside, unless they choose perdition.

26 And wo unto them who shall do these things away and die, for they die in their sins, and they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God; and I speak it according to the words of Christ; and I lie not.

27 And I exhort you to remember these things; for the time speedily cometh that ye shall know that I lie not, for ye shall see me at the bar of God; and the Lord God will say unto you: Did I not declare my words unto you, which were written by this man, like as one crying from the dead, yea, even as one speaking out of the dust? [All who shall read this book and reject it shall have to admit that the truth was in their hands.]

28 I declare these things unto the fulfilling of the prophecies. And behold, they shall proceed forth out of the mouth of the everlasting God; and his word shall hiss forth [attract attention] from generation to generation.

29 And God shall show unto you, that that which I have written is true. [speaking to us]

30 And again I would exhort you that ye would come unto Christ, and lay hold upon every good gift, and touch not the evil gift, nor the unclean thing. [In the attempt to come unto Christ and exercise the gifts of the Spirit there can be the possibility of touching that which is unclean or evil. What would that be? For every gift of God there is a counterfeit of the Adversary. We should avoid spiritualism, magic, conjuring spirits, fortune telling, and other forms of miraculous experiences, which are popular in today’s culture and promise instant results. Such does not bring one closer to Christ, but teaches the person to trust in the arm of flesh and another as their source for accessing the supernatural.]

If you ever feel that your only way to access God is by leaning on another, especially if they require money for their assistance, run away as fast as you can. If their words teach you to come unto Christ and that He will help you to know what to do next, embrace it!

31 And awake, and arise from the dust [your carnal and sinful state of being], O Jerusalem [My people]; yea, and put on thy beautiful garments [the gift of the Holy Ghost, the garment of glory], O daughter of Zion [The remnant that has strayed and now is found]; and strengthen thy stakes and enlarge thy borders forever [the establishment of Zion in the last days], that thou mayest no more be confounded [fall into apostasy], that the covenants of the Eternal Father which he hath made unto thee, O house of Israel, may be fulfilled. [the final realization of the Everlasting Covenant given to her upon this temporal earth]

32 Yea, come unto Christ [seek Him both mentally, spiritually, and physically], and be perfected in him [by being born again in His image, the bapstim of fire and the gift of the Holy Ghost], and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. [This is the perfect formula for coming to Christ and finally receiving the promise. Fill yourself with virtue, love Him with all your heart and soul, then you will not be able to “deny” the power of God as you are changed to become His literal Son or Daughter, to be raised to a higher resurrection and inherit Eternal Life.]

33 And again, if ye by the grace of God [His Atonement that prepares the way for you to advance in glory] are perfect in Christ [Made clean and have glory added upon you], and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified [made holy] in Christ by the grace [glory] of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ [Atonement], which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot. [You will be perfect in Christ, never to be forsaken worlds without end, unless you choose otherwise.]

34 And now I bid unto all, farewell. I soon go to rest in the paradise of God, until my spirit and body shall again reunite, and I am brought forth triumphant through the air, to meet you before the pleasing bar of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge of both quick and dead. Amen. [Moroni expects to die soon. He looks forward to death rather than endure without his family. But, the Lord has other plans.]

This is one of my favorite chapters of the entire Book of Mormon. Moroni sums up the purpose of the Book of Mormon – to bring us into the presence of the Lord. He emphasizes the gifts of the Spirit here more than any other part of the record. He knows the lack of faith that will exist amongst those who will receive this book in the last days and warns us. Do you understand the message? Is it not clear what he is saying? We must awake and arise and prepare ourselves to meet the Bridegroom. The Book of Mormon is the most clear roadmap to coming to Christ than any book ever written. Study it often and seek your personal revelation.

The purpose of sharing my thoughts by annotating the Book of Mormon was to inspire you to seek personal revelation, to ask additional questions, and prepare you to receive more holiness. Who are you? What is your path in this life? Prepare yourself to receive Him.

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17 Responses to The Gifts – Moroni 10:1-34

  1. Nathan Wilder says:

    Thank you PR! This whole year has been a gift as I’ve been able to read your posts. Thank you for your efforts and insight. That was a huge task, and it has greatly blessed my life. Thanks again for the blog and all you do.

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  2. daniel Dylan says:

    This whole year, in reading your inspired comments and insights into the Book of Mormon has been one of the most amazing journeys I have ever been on. Everyday I would look forward to reading another chapter as you made the Book of Mormon come alive with all the additional observations you shared, from your awesome visions and revelations you received from the Lord. The questions that I had always wondered about were answered. I grew spiritually in surprising ways as I pondered upon these incredible scriptures. You brought thoughts into my mind about the topics you covered and challenged us to look at these scriptures in ways I had never imagined. So really this adventure is just beginning as we study this sacred record daily. I can’t thank you enough for all you have done and for all the time you spent in doing this. God bless you PR!!!

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  3. MRR says:

    I have looked forward to this nearly every day. I reference it often. I’m glad a book format is coming out. Thank you for the ride along. I have greatly benefitted.

    Mike

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  4. humblebg says:

    So happy to say that the Lord has shown me the truth of the Book of Mormon by every fiber of my body being filled with HIS glorious Light and Love. By that same spirit I know that you, PR, are a man of Christ. You have magnified your mission of helping to awake us. Thanks be to the Lord!
    The journey is just beginning!

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  5. 1lhn says:

    What a journey! I am sad that we’ve come to the end, because it has been glorious…but I look forward to reading it again! Thank you.

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  6. John Crane says:

    In verse 19, you mention. “It is important to remember that God’s House is one of order.” I have often heard that phrase quoted in support of the idea most gifts of the Spirit are only available to high religious authorities. But, one day, it occurred to me that God’s House is indeed a house of order, and the true order of God’s House is clearly shown in the lives and teachings of the people in the Book of Mormon. And you summed it up: “Every person who comes unto Christ receives them in multiples, even as many gifts as they need without restraint.”

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  7. jaywez says:

    Huzzah for Israel!

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  8. Thank you PR. It had been so inspiring to read these every day as it helped me to gain new understanding. I was wondering about Reiki. Is it a gift of the spirit ?It helps my husbands pain go away for the night but thats all. [If it is not through Jesus Christ it is not a gift of the Spirit. Energy healing works, but it is carries its own risks. PR]

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  9. MRR says:

    To my fellow travelers on this eventful journey. I also wanted to reach out to you with love and appreciation. So many wonderful and inspiring comments and questions! My heart frequently overflowed with gratitude to witness I wasn’t the only one here being edified immensely. Many thanks to you my brothers and sisters! I enjoyed watching you grow along side me. What a wonderful experience this has been! The Lord… He is so so good to us all. 😀

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  10. S Silver says:

    Studying this past year has been incredible and something I will remember until the day I die. I was led to find the Pure Revelations blog in March 2017, a few days after doing a 30 hour fast where I asked the Lord what I needed to do to come closer to Him and be baptized with fire.

    When 1 Nephi 1 was posted on Sunday November 18, 2018, I had no idea how much I would learn as I followed along. My paper scriptures have always been littered with penciled things written in the margins. Some of these notes I was able to update or correct. Some of the questions that I had written in the tiny blank spaces of my scriptures a decade ago I asked here! What I understand now, a year later, is so much more and yet PR has assured us this is only scratching the tip of the iceberg! I look at the world through new eyes. I look at the landscape – the Book of Mormon lands under our feet – and wonder about the people. I want to learn so much more!

    Sometimes I find myself wishing we could all sit together in a room – each with a name tag bearing our screen names – and study together, comforted that we are not the only seekers in a decaying world. This daily study has been a lifeline. My family has often seen me smiling at my phone as I read and asked me if it is my online “Book of Mormon Study Group” that was making me so happy? I could not help but excitedly gush and share what I was learning!

    Thank you, a million times, thank you PR for all the time this has taken. May the Lord pour out blessings upon your head and may you see the fruits of this labor multiply in ways you could not have imagined!

    All my love to all of you,
    Shanta “Tay” Silver

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  11. Luodi Grover says:

    [Every gift of the Spirit is a miracle, but the “mighty” ones are the kind that change the course of history. Sometimes, they come in the form of small acts of faith.] – Can you point me to a mighty miracle? – and one that starts with small acts of faith? [There are many such examples in scripture. Nephi deciding to pray for himself to know if what his father said was true. Peter, willing to throw his net over the boat at the request of Jesus, not knowing the outcome. Joseph Smith going to the grove to ask God. It usually means being obedient to the voice of the Spirit, but the results are life changing. PR]
    [How many read the scriptures and think that such miracles do not occur to them in their lives. How many hold tight to the false traditions that prevent them from exercising these gifts. Are people controlled by the culture of propriety that surrounds their civic, church, and personal lives? Have you heard that only the clergy or authority have the right to exercise these gifts of the Spirit? Many are rebuked for attempting to use them, or even share what they experience. What do you think about this? What will you do?] PR- My brother and I have “come unto Christ” whilst pondering, praying and confirming your words… (that the words of Christ given to you are TRUE). Thank You!
    [Edit] And, how can we go about sharing to our families and ward families without stepping OUT OF BOUNDS? [out of bounds with the spirit first, and then the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ] -Or is that a hazard of these times? [You have to exercise a lot of patience and follow the Spirit. If you do, the timing of the Lord is always perfect. PR]
    I have not commented much here, but have read every word of your website including all the books. I have the gift “to believe on the words of others” but am cautioned to not put ANY between my Father (Christ) and me. From the depths of my heart I thank and esteem you for your great effort in helping me (and us; I know I speak for many) on this site. I sense the urgency that besets you especially in the last few weeks!! I pray for you and your family. Blessing to you all…

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  12. Thank you for the many kind remarks. It does warm my heart to know it has helped many people. Please understand that I am not a Gospel scholar, or have any kind of credential to do this. By the power of the Holy Ghost any of you can continue to expand upon these things, growing in your knowledge of the Lord, until you can stand in His presence and “know the truth of all things.” What an incredible promise that is from the Lord, as written by Moroni!

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  13. Star Scream says:

    Aah! P.R! My brother! God bless you! God bless you! I cannot wait to personally meet you so that I can hug you! Glory to Jesus! But also P.R, we have to sincerely thank you as well for being so willing and obedient to the Lord. Glory to Jesus hallelujah! I too want to be a servant of the Most High! I too want to serve Jesus and help thousands come unto Christ! This has been an amazing help to my spiritual walk!

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  14. Miriam says:

    A book that has so much insight and pure knowledge with so many examples of successful people who came unto Christ in this life, it amazes me still how people can say that the Book of Mormon was the construct of Joseph’s mind. It is a beautiful precious book. Thank you for using your spiritual gifts, PR, to bless the lives of so many. You are humble, admit your humanity, don’t seek for a following or attention, know who you truly are, seek to constantly follow the Lord’s will, and point others to receive their own relationship with Christ himself. That is so refreshing in a culture that does hardly any of those things. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and your family. I’ll will prize these gifts forever. [Thank you. All credit to the Lord. PR]

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  15. samthebrother says:

    Normally I’m more of a lurker as I’m sure most of the people are who read your blog. But i wanted to thank you for taking the time to write our your thoughts, impressions, revelations and visions regarding this marvelous book. Like most everyone else I always waited in anticipation for your thoughts regarding the next chapter. Your approach and teachings have inspired me to think about and read this book much differently than in the past.

    Thanks you so much

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  16. Chelsea Stoten says:

    Oh it’s been so exciting to ‘study’ with you all I have learned so much and mostly that I have much more to learn lol! Thank you PR for answering our questions and opening up this precious book and bringing it to life, I can’t wait to study through the book again this year! I wish we could all get together just like S Silver said, that would be so great! Thank you thank you thank you, God bless. x

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  17. jaywez says:

    You may have answered this elsewhere, but could you please elaborate on what you mean when a second estate “chooses perdition”? Is it simply that they embrace evil as their MO, or is it done by covenant to follow Satan? Do they have the option to repent before the final judgement? Thanks! [This is the equivalent of receiving your baptism of fire, but it is a baptism of darkness, the fruition of covenants made to Satan to fully commit to him. Such a person has done what some refer to as “selling their soul.” It is not as simple as signing on the dotted line or making a statement. They make dark oaths which usually require acts of darkness. Typically, we think of denying the Holy Ghost as 4th estate, but there are rewards given by the Adversary to those who choose him in this life. PR]

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