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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - The Seventh Article of Faith

"Also, we need to use more fully the gifts of the Spirit, all of which operate through faith. These gifts are available to us today. Even the ultimate power--to raise the dead--is occasionally exercised by those of great faith. The sick are healed, the blind see, the lame walk, and evil spirits are cast out--all through faith and priesthood power in combination. I feel we do not enjoy enough spiritual gifts in our priesthood callings." John K. Carmack, "Faith Yields Priesthood Power," Ensign, May 1993, p. 43

"I bear my solemn witness that these gifts are with the Church today. The sick are healed, the eyes of the blind are opened, the ears of the deaf are unstopped, the lame are made to walk. The gift of tongues blesses our missionaries and others the world over. The gifts of wisdom and knowledge are evidenced by the leadership of our people everywhere. Devils are cast out, spirits are discerned, the gift of faith is demonstrated on every side. Many mighty miracles give evidence that this is indeed his church, the church of Jesus Christ. All the gifts and powers and blessings that have always identified Christ's church are with the Church today." James A. Cullimore, "Gifts of the Spirit," "Ensign," Nov. 1974, p. 27

"Among the sure signs of the true church of Christ are the accompanying spiritual gifts. This has always been from the beginning. When the authority of the priesthood has been found on the earth, it is accompanied by the manifestations of spiritual gifts." James A. Cullimore, "Gifts of the Spirit," "Ensign," Nov. 1974, p. 27

"As members of the church and kingdom of God on earth, we enjoy the gifts of the Spirit--those wonders and glories and miracles that a gracious and benevolent God always has bestowed upon his faithful saints. The first of these gifts listed in our modern revelation on spiritual gifts is the gift of testimony, the gift of revelation, the gift of knowing of the truth and divinity of the work. This gift is elsewhere described as the testimony of Jesus, which is the spirit of prophecy. This is my gift. I know this work is true." Bruce R. McConkie, "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," "Ensign," Jan. 1973, p. 36

"This power of discernment is essential if we are to distinguish between genuine spiritual gifts and the counterfeits Satan seeks to use to deceive men and women and thwart the work of God. The Prophet Joseph Smith said, 'Nothing is a greater injury to the children of men than to be under the influence of a false spirit when they think they have the spirit of God.' (Teachings, p. 205.) He also taught that 'no man nor sect of men without the regular constituted authorities, the Priesthood and discerning of spirits, can tell true from false spirits.' (Teachings, p. 213.)" Dallin H. Oaks, "Spiritual Gifts," "Ensign," Sept. 1986, p. 71

"Our Father in Heaven offers us access to a special group of blessings often called 'spiritual gifts.' These particular gifts differ from the many other blessings we may enjoy, such as talents, family associations, or perhaps specialized learning. So important are these spiritual gifts that the Savior urges us to seek them earnestly. Among them are the gifts of testimony, wisdom, knowledge, faith to be healed, and discernment. Our Heavenly Father blesses us with these gifts as we live his commandments and keep our covenants. They are given to help us lead enriched spiritual lives and to serve others, 'that all may be profited thereby' (D&C 46:12)." Relief Society General Presidency, "Seeking the Best Gifts," "Ensign," Jan. 1997, p. 55

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