What do we need to do? What’s our part? We need to let the Lord know that we are serious about becoming more holy. You and I know our weaknesses; we know the temptations that keep tripping us up. We know the weaknesses of the natural man or natural woman that cause us trouble—lots of trouble. We know, as Nephi said so well, “the sins which do so easily beset [us]” (2 Nephi 4:18).
If you are serious about becoming more holy, ask your Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, to give you the gifts of the Spirit that will help you with your weaknesses. For example, if you are too negative with your children, with your friends, with your spouse, ask for the gift of hope, of optimism. If you lose your temper and are cruel in what you say to those you love, ask for the gift of mildness, of understanding. If you’ve started the same diet on Monday for the past three years and are still thirty pounds overweight, ask for the gift of self-discipline. Ask for the gift of peace so that anxiety, fear, frustration, or fatigue will no longer drive you to the fridge or to the fast-food pick-up window. There are gifts of the Spirit to help us be more holy, and there are a lot of them—gifts (plural)—and they are not listed in Doctrine and Covenants 46 or Moroni 10 or 1 Corinthians 12–14.