I am a regular listener of the Glenn Beck Radio Program. Glenn Beck is a Mormon and, while he doesn't directly discuss his Mormon beliefs, he does often speak about spiritual and moral matters in our society. Some of the things he's said, indirectly, about his personal faith and his church in general have made me curious about the official position of the LDS Church on spiritual gifts.
For instance, Glenn Beck has said that his church believes in proclaiming/granting spiritual blessings on people (like Abraham giving blessings to his children). He has also alluded to listening to the voice of God to give him direction in his life and he regularly encourages others to do the same.
So, my question is, what is the official position of the church on spiritual-gifts in general? For instance, what does the church teach regarding:
- Speaking in tongues
- Tongue interpretation
Do they teach that these, or any other kinds, of spiritual gifts are commonly given today? If so, do they teach that they are available to all members, or only to certain people within the church? Are their beliefs in spiritual gifts more-or-less consistent among all members, or does it depend heavily on the local congregation?