Personal Revelation (Pt 4/5): Dreams, Visions, Visitations, Theophany

Dream and Visions Some revelations come "through the dreams of sleep or in waking visions of the mind."  (James Talmage) As the prophet Lehi wrote, "Behold, I have dreamed a dream; or, in other words, I have seen a vision." (1 Nephi 8: 2) How do we tell the difference between a mere dream and … Continue reading Personal Revelation (Pt 4/5): Dreams, Visions, Visitations, Theophany

Personal Revelation (Pt 3/5): “Seeking and Obtaining Revelation”

Personal revelation comes as a gift of grace and as a reward for striving to live the gospel and hearkening to the voice of the Lord. Personal Revelation Comes in the Lord's Time and Manner, Not Ours We cannot control when or how personal revelation comes to us. Thus, we must be patient in seeking … Continue reading Personal Revelation (Pt 3/5): “Seeking and Obtaining Revelation”

The Difficult Question of Human Suffering

"Modern atheism" has destroyed the faith of countless youths and young adults, in and out of the church. The problem of human suffering is the primary contention. It needs to be addressed. LDS doctrine provides the answers. The Prime Mantra of Atheists The question of human suffering has been debated by theologians, philosophers, and thinkers … Continue reading The Difficult Question of Human Suffering

Testimony and Tears: Spiritual or Emotional?

Spirit and Emotion The church website addressed the following question: “A lot of people cry when they feel the Spirit, but I don’t. Is there something wrong with me?” This question highlights the possible confusion between a spiritual experience and an emotional experience. The most common type of personal revelation does come from thoughts accompanied … Continue reading Testimony and Tears: Spiritual or Emotional?

I Disobeyed the Spirit Out of Sheer Stubbornness

(I recently shared the experience when I wore a different colored tie based on the promptings of the Spirit. The following experience reveals that I am not as righteous as some people might think.) Over forty years ago, during my lunch break, I rushed to the bank near the DA’s Office where I worked. I … Continue reading I Disobeyed the Spirit Out of Sheer Stubbornness

My Personal Revelation — “Don’t Wear the Red Tie”

When it comes to minor matters, the Lord usually let's us do "as seemeth you good, it mattereth not unto me." (D&C 60:5; D&C 62:5; D&C 80:3) However, sometimes even the most trivial things matter to the Lord. As a recently returned missionary, I was assigned to speak with a high councilor in another ward. … Continue reading My Personal Revelation — “Don’t Wear the Red Tie”

Gifts of the Spirit

The extraordinary gifts of the Spirit are described in the New Testament (1 Cor. 12), Book of Mormon (Mori. 10), Doctrine and Covenants (D&C 46) and Articles of Faith (Article 7). These gifts include: Gifts of the Spirit: Scriptural List Testimony from the Holy Ghost of Jesus ChristBelief in testimony/witness of othersKnowledge of differences of … Continue reading Gifts of the Spirit

Major Anti-LDS Allegation #1: My Personal Reply

Antagonists' Major Allegation: The LDS Church Conspires to Cover-up Truths The Internet is full of anti-LDS articles and videos. Some are by former members who left the church, but who cannot leave the church alone. Most of the anti-LDS websites make the following allegation: “The Mormon Church hides, and does not want you to know, … Continue reading Major Anti-LDS Allegation #1: My Personal Reply

"Failed" LDS Missionaries

Some missionaries mistakenly judge the success of their missions based on the number of baptisms.  Our twentieth century prophets who served in Britain had few, if any, convert baptisms.  David O. McKay, Joseph Fielding Smith, and Gordon B. Hinckley were all discouraged and frustrated with their lack of converts. Joseph Fielding Smith remarked that anyone … Continue reading "Failed" LDS Missionaries

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (2): Categories

One way to analyze whether the Book of Mormon is authentic is to do an academic study of its authorship. There are at least 21 categories of internal evidence that establish, to a certainty, that the Book of Mormon is not an early nineteenth century work of fiction. It is too complex, too consistent, too realistic, … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (2): Categories