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“The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of joy,” said Primary General President Susan H. Porter during a Brigham Young University devotional on Tuesday, November 1, “because our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are inviting us to receive Them and Their gifts of infinite worth.”

Speaking from the Marriot Center on the Provo, Utah, campus, President Porter explained that receiving the gifts of God is a foundational part of becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. “As we receive God’s gifts, we receive a portion of Him — His spirit, wisdom and knowledge. And, like Alma, Enos and Abish, when we receive gifts from God, we are filled with a desire to share those gifts with others.”

Sister Porter asked listeners to picture themselves trudging up the path to eternal life, sometimes stumbling and looking down at their feet. They are weighed down with heavy backpacks labeled “things to do,” which is full of lists of things they are trying to do for school, work and to be good members of the Church.

“Now picture what changes when you decide to look up,” President Porter said. Suddenly, those on the path can see the beauty that surrounds them, feel the warmth of the sun and remember that the Savior offered gifts for the journey — faith, repentance, hope, His Spirit and more.

“Now, instead of simply trying to put one foot in front of the other as you try to do your duty, you are focused on the Savior. How can you receive His gifts, His knowledge and His love?”

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