May 10, 2005

The gift of discernment

I loved this quote when I read it on an LDS site just now -- it's from a BYU devotional this morning given by Elder Bedenar.

Now I remember there WERE awesome things about attending BYU....and I do miss those wonderful devotionals.

"First, I mentioned the gift of discernment embodying the power to discriminate, which has been spoken of in our hearing before particularly as between right and wrong. I believe that this gift when highly developed arises largely out of an acute sensitivity to impressions--spiritual impressions, if you will--to read under the surface as it were, to detect hidden evil, and more importantly to find the good that may be concealed. The highest type of discernment is that which perceives in others and uncovers for them their better natures, the good inherent within them."

Stephen L. Richards

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