“Each one of us has talents that naturally exist inside of us and each one is specific. Your specific set of talents is what makes you a unique person.” The purpose of this article is to teach an important principle that can help you discover your authentic life purpose, and innate talents and gifts. This principle can be summed up in one word, service.
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:25-26)
President Spencer W. Kimball offered a simple expression of the more excellent way:
“Service to others deepens and sweetens this life while we are preparing to live in a better world. … When we are engaged in the service of our fellowmen, not only do our deeds assist them, but we put our own problems in a fresher perspective. When we concern ourselves more with others, there is less time to be concerned with ourselves! In the midst of the miracle of serving, there is the promise of Jesus that by losing ourselves, we find ourselves! (Matthew 10:39)
“Not only do we ‘find’ ourselves in terms of acknowledging divine guidance in our lives, but the more we serve our fellowmen in appropriate ways, the more substance there is to our souls. … We become more substantive as we serve others—indeed, it is easier to ‘find’ ourselves because there is so much more of us to find!”
“Think of your brethren like unto yourselves, and be familiar with all and free with your substance, that they may be rich like unto you. But before ye seek for riches, seek ye for the kingdom of God. And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good—to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.” (Jacob 2:17-19)
When spending your time using your skills to help and lift others, you start to discover your own authentic life purpose and innate talents and gifts.
I can say this because I have seen it work in my own life. I had the opportunity to serve a two year service mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there I spent most of my time teaching and serving others. I can honestly say that during my missionary service, my strengths and talents increased more than any other time of my life.
I believe that one purpose of educating and training ourselves vocationally is to help us be of better service to others. Yes it’s important to make enough money to support ourselves and our families, but don’t lose sight of how your talents and your wealth are to be used to help and serve those in need.
In your quest to find yourself, its more about focusing on others then focusing on yourself.
Christofferson, T. (2015, September 7). Saving Your Life. Retrieved from
Lift: the power of service, Mormon Channel. (2015)
The Coat: the story of charity, Mormon Channel. (2011)