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In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul the apostle writes about the gifts that come from the Holy Spirit, including prophesy, the gift of tongues, and healing. He counsels his fellow disciples to seek after these gifts, then makes a bold statement, saying that "the greatest of these is charity" (1 Cor. 13:13). Because charity is so important to possess as a follower of Christ, I have decided to focus my scripture study each day to learning more about charity and how I can be more charitable.

Paul lists several specific attributes that come with charity (1 Cor. 13:4-7). In the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, the prophet Moroni makes a similar list (Moro. 7:45). These two lists contain a total of 15 specific attributes of charity:

  1. Charity suffereth long
  2. Charity is kind
  3. Charity envieth not
  4. Charity vaunteth not itself
  5. Charity is not puffed up
  6. Charity doth not behave itself unseemly
  7. Charity seeketh not her own
  8. Charity is not easily provoked
  9. Charity thinketh no evil
  10. Charity rejoiceth not in iniquity
  11. Charity rejoiceth in the truth
  12. Charity beareth all things
  13. Charity believeth all things
  14. Charity hopeth all things
  15. Charity endureth all things
Throughout the year of 2012, I will study these attributes one by one and try to incorporate them into my way of life. I will record my discoveries and experiences in this blog, and hopefully, by the end, I'll be a much more charitable person than I am today.

If you have something to add, please contribute! I would love to learn with you as you share comments, questions, or other ideas.

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