Question Box: Gifts of the Spirit

December 9, 2011

Q. Do Mormons Believe in Spiritual Warfare and the Gifts of the Spirit?

Thanks for your questions.  I’m not sure what you mean by ‘Spiritual Warfare’, though.  Sorry.  If you’d like to resubmit a question and clarify, that would be great.

We do believe in spiritual gifts.  Joseph Smith was once asked about the beliefs and history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He wrote them a letter and at the end included a list of some of our basic beliefs.  These are now called the Thirteen Articles of Faith.  The seventh states our belief in spiritual gifts.

“We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.” (Article of Faith 7)

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4 Responses to “Question Box: Gifts of the Spirit”

  1. Spiritual warfare is a common Christian term, as you can see if you Google it.

    And the answer to that part of the question is no, not in the way the term is generally applied. Malignant spirits can be cast out through the power of the priesthood via priesthood blessings and dedications, but they are much less showy than your typical exorcism. In LDS thought, prayer is supposed to be the way a person’s will is brought into alignment with the will of God, it can be used to combat inner temptation, but it is not usually seen to be a offensive tactic in a literal attack against demons or spirits.

    LDS believe that all embodied spirits (aka. people) have power over those without bodies, and we succumb to that sort of evil by allowing it entry into our homes or hearts. We can pray for help to resist that evil, but again, it is not the showy “spiritual battle” that is usually referred to by that term. 

  2. Jodie

    Thanks for your help.  Believe it or not, I did google it.  I just didn’t know how common those definitions were.  Apparently, they’re pretty standard.  Thanks again.

  3. I am sorry if I sounded grumpy. I was, and didn’t realize it was coming out in my writing. My grumpiness had nothing to do with you, or your answer. I actually think your question box is interesting, and great to read. I am usually better at hiding my natural grumpiness from the public.

  4. Jodie

    No offense taken. 🙂  I’m actually glad you answered it.  It saved me the trouble of answering when they resubmitted an explanation!  I checked out your blog too, by the way.  Nice job.  I didn’t read everything, but what I was able to read was well done.