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Tiffany Starr

COMM 122-18
December 15, 2014
To increase success for myself and others, I can care for people, cultivate their potentials, bring a positive
outlook, add peace, and embrace core values.
President Thomas S. Monson said in a recent Priesthood session of General Conference, We
must develop the capacity to see men not as they are at present but as they may become (Monson,
2012). Our Father in Heaven sees the divine potential in all of us. How can we ensure that we become all
that Heavenly Father sees we are capable of becoming? How can we help those around us to do the
same? Learning to recognize our gifts and talents is an excellent place to start. As we recognize our
unique natural strengths, and focus our efforts on applying them, we will thrive in our progression. I
have discovered much in learning what my strengths are. I have grown to realize how I can use them to
improve communication, move forward in my life goals, and help others to develop their potential. I
have also had my personal testimony of Jesus Christ and His restored gospel confirmed through the
knowledge I have gained.
We have spent much time discussing communication skills, such as listening, and stepping up to
effectively deal with crucial conversations. The beauty of communication is that each individual brings
different strengths to the table. As I apply my own strengths, empathy, developer, positivity, harmony,
and belief, I can do much to improve my communication with others. I can listen and connect with
people on an emotional level, putting myself in their shoes to build understanding. I can encourage
them to grow and also to recognize the growth they have already made. I can strive to add peace to
each situation, while letting my belief theme to push me to speak and stand up for values when
necessary. While each strength may have a dark side, my unique combination of strengths can be
powerful when applied correctly and with the Lords help.

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I have come to recognize how I have already been using these strengths throughout my life. By
simply looking at the activities I have chosen to spend time on, one could easily highlight where my
talents have come into play. My most valued goals for the future also reflect my top themes. One of my
greatest aspirations is to become a worthy wife and mother. I have looked forward to this goal even as a
young child. My distinctive blend of gifts will help me to become the type of mother the Lord has
designed me to become. When I picture the mother I want to be, I see one who will empathize with her
children. I can see her cultivating each childs unique spirit and encouraging them to move forward. I
picture her enthusiasm and energy. I can imagine the peace she will bring as she calms quarrels or fits. I
envision a mother who teaches her children to put the Lord first and takes any opportunities given to
teach and to testify of the gospel. Knowing my strengths gives me hope to one day become that mother.
In addition to confirming goals for my future family, I have begun to feel surer of my education
and career goals. For years, I have bounced back and forth between different career choices and ideas.
Most of them involve working with people. Although, I cant yet say that I am positive of my decision, I
can now see why I felt drawn to those types of careers. I will most likely pursue something in the
education field. I feel that my strengths, particularly empathy, developer, and positivity, will help me
become a better teacher, especially to young children.
Many of my experiences, especially missionary service, have led me to have a greater desire for
the welfare of those around me. I want to help them flourish and live full, happy lives. I want people to
feel and recognize the same blessings I have experienced in my own life. As I move forward and learn to
more effectively apply my talents, I can improve in this goal. I can love, teach, and encourage people. I
can help them look on the bright side of things. I can strive to share my beliefs by being an example, and
do so in a way that will keep the peace among us. Even though my full time service as a missionary may
be over, I hope to continue to help Gods children with every opportunity that comes my way. I also
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hope to prepare to serve another mission in the future. My inborn talents and abilities, when applied
with the enabling power of Christs atonement, will allow me to continue missionary service throughout
my life.
Through gaining a greater understanding of communication skills and of the strengths that each
person possesses, my testimony of the Savior and of Gods Plan of Happiness for His children has grown
significantly. It is amazing that our loving Heavenly Father has created every child so differently, each
with a unique set of gifts, abilities, and circumstances. We each have something different to offer in our
combined effort to build the kingdom of God on the earth. Together, we cover all our bases with the
skills necessary to do so. Only the Lord can truly understand what we are capable of becoming. Verily,
verily, I say unto you, ye are little children, and ye have not as yet understood how great blessing the
Father hath in his own hands and prepared for you; And ye cannot bear all things now; nevertheless, be
of good cheer, for I will lead you along. The kingdom is yours and the blessings thereof are yours, and
the riches of eternity are yours, (Doctrine and Covenants 78:17-18). Each gift comes with its own
challenges and weaknesses to be overcome. This life is our time to work through those challenges and
refine ourselves. We cannot, however, refine ourselves without our loving Savior, who has paid the price
and paved the way for us to move past shortcomings and forward to eternal life with Him. We have
been promised that His grace is sufficient to make weak things become strong (Ether 12:27).
Exploring communication skills and the variety of talents God gives to His children has helped
me more fully understand His plan for me. Thus, I have gained a brighter hope for my future. I have
learned how my strengths will help me improve my ability to listen and communicate with others. I have
had my hopes and dreams for the future confirmed and enriched. I can recognize how to use my
strengths in helping others along their life paths. I have also gained a deeper appreciation for our
Heavenly Fathers Plan of Salvation, as well as Christs role as our Savior in that plan.
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December 15, 2014

References
Doctrine and Covenants 78:17-18. (n.d.).
Ether 12:27. (n.d.). The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.
Monson, T. S. (2012, October). See Others as They May Become. Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of
America: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.