We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth. (Articles of Faith 1:7)
Joseph Smith penned thirteen Articles of Faith as a way to explain the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He wrote these statements of faith a few years before his death in a letter to a newspaper editor named Mr. Wentworth, who had inquired about the beliefs of the church. These Articles of Faith were later adopted as scripture in the book known as the Pearl of Great Price. Latter-day Saints still use these statements to help clarify and share their faith.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that God truly is “the same yesterday, today and forever” (See Mormon 9:9). This means that because He showed forth miracles in times past, He can still do so today. All of the spiritual gifts, manifestations and miracles are based on the faith of those who seek them. Some claim that miracles have been done away, but in the Book of Mormon, the prophet Mormon explains:
And again, I exhort you, my brethren, that ye deny not the gifts of God, for they are many; and they come from the same God. And there are different ways that these gifts are administered; but it is the same God who worketh all in all; and they are given by the manifestations of the Spirit of God unto men, to profit them… And now I speak unto all the ends of the earth—that if the day cometh that the power and gifts of God shall be done away among you, it shall be because of unbelief.
And wo be unto the children of men if this be the case; for there shall be none that doeth good among you, no not one. For if there be one among you that doeth good, he shall work by the power and gifts of God.(Moroni 10:8, 24-25)
Our Heavenly Father is able to grant His servants whatever abilities they need to carry out His work. In these latter days, the need for the miracles described in the seventh article of faith are greater than ever. Our Heavenly Father only seeks those with enough faith in order to bring those great things to pass.
The gift of tongues refers to having the servants of God being able to speak languages that they do not normally speak in order to give messages from God to certain people. The apostles in the Book of Acts exhibited this power when they spoke to a large group of people from many nations and everyone heard the message in their own language (See Acts 2). The interpretation of tongues has to do with understanding languages that a person does not normally understand.
Prophecy deals with the servants of God being able to foretell future events, and revelation entails receiving messages from God in the mind and heart. Visions are events when a servant of God actually sees images or messengers sent from God. The gift of healing involves God’s servants blessing a person who is sick or disabled and healing them by the power of God.
All of these spiritual gifts are still available to God’s servants if they have the faith to make them happen.
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