“I Exhort You”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

We see that it is in the context of encouraging his future readers to read, ponder, and pray about the Book of Mormon, with faith in the gifts and wonders of the Holy Messiah, that Moroni launches into a lengthy discussion of the gifts of the Spirit. It is surely his way of illustrating that the power and gifts of God are real, that they should be sought after and acquired, and that the Saints of God in any age are living beneath their privileges if these gifts are not conspicuously evident in their midst. That the topic is of rich importance to the Lord is seen in the fact that is found in three places in the standard works-the New Testament (1 Corinthians 12-14), the Doctrine and Covenants (D&C 46), and here in the Book of Mormon.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4