(Disclaimer: These views are all based on my knowledge and interpretation as an active Latter Day Saint, or “Mormon”, only the actual article of faith I list should be considered “official”. Still, I try to be accurate and do my homework 😉
We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
These gifts of the spirit enriched the saints in times past and continue to do so today. In the same way that we believe in living prophets, we believe that God works among men today just as he did in times past, that he is unchanged, the same yesterday, today, and forever, and as such these gifts which were enjoyed in biblical times can be enjoyed today as well.
These important gifts of the spirit, like other gifts from our Father, are given for a purpose, for the edification of man.
I can think of few other principles that are more endearing to my heart than the simple notion that there is a kind and loving, eternal Father in Heaven who will speak directly to me, as his son, at times when I am in need, as I so often am.
Mathew (7:8-11) recorded these beautiful words… “What man is there of you whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?” But rather “…ask and it shall be given you”.
We find the same refreshing doctrine taught in James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally”.
The promise of personal revelation is vital to our lives as we struggle to discern between truth and error, between right and wrong. How comforting it is to know that I am not alone in these decisions, that divine guidance can be mine… given directly to me. How often I fear we take for granted the simple phrase “ask and ye shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto you”.
I’m convinced that the more we involve God in our personal lives, the more rich our lives will be, and the more abundant shall the spirit (and its gifts) be with us.
On a grander scale, how urgent and important ongoing revelation is to the Christ’s church on earth. He has said “Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:9-14). Left to our own carnal devices, man is constantly in error. Entropy of truth is unavoidable without the staying hand of ongoing revelation to those who are in authority, such as prophets, apostles, etc.
Christ taught his disciples that “upon this rock will I build my church”, speaking of revelation (Matthew 16:16-18), and such it is so, the same in times of old as it is today.
Therefore how important it is that we give strict heed to the counsel of the prophet, seeking in all things to confirm that which is right through our own personal revelation.
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