Are There Still Miracles in the Church?

There is a great thread going on over at Bcc: J Stapley has asked why the gifts of the spirit are gone from the Church in our day. He refers the reader to the accounts of the early saints, and mentions the frequency with which those accounts record instances of speaking in tongues, and the occurrences of other miracles. Why don’t we see these things in our Church meetings today, he asks? Why don’t we see them in General Conference? He suggests that we moderns in the Church have less faith than did the early saints.

I don’t think this is so. President Ezra Taft Benson said during one of his General Conference talks:

I testify that the church and kingdom of God is increasing in strength. Its numbers are growing, as is the faithfulness of its faithful members. It has never been better organized or equipped to perform its divine mission.

Notice that he didn’t say that the average faithfulness of the Church is growing, but the faithfulness of the faithful members. Obviously, if the general faithfulness is dwindling, that would mean that miracles among the less faithful would be less frequent.

Is this why I hear more stories about miracles when I am at the temple than in the foyer at Church? Presumably there is a difference in the average level of faithfulness among those who regularly go to the temple.

I personally believe that there are just as many miracles in the Church today as there ever were. Perhaps the number of miracles per member has dwindled, but I doubt even that. What seems more likely is that when miracles occur today, those involved are more careful about whom they share the experience with. After all, there are a lot of doubters among us these days, not only here on the Internet, but at church as well.

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One Response to Are There Still Miracles in the Church?

  1. J. Stapley says:

    Interesting post. I will just take an opportunity to state, as in the post at BCC, that I believe in and have experienced many spiritual gifts.

    And to offer another explanation of President Benson’s address: There are several meanings to the word faithful. I tend to think that President Benson meant that we are more faithful (fidelis) in the sense that we keep the commandment better than the early saints, which is demonstrable. If he were to have said that we have more faith now than ever I would have concurred with you.

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