Testimony Meetings and “Open Mic Sundays”

"Sunday Sermon" Testimony Meetings Today is "Fast and Testimony" Sunday. The LDS Church devotes the first Sunday of the month to fasting for two meals and donating generously to the poor and humanitarian causes. This Sunday is the “Testimony Meeting,” when members share their personal witness of Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. "In a … Continue reading Testimony Meetings and “Open Mic Sundays”

My First Answered Prayer

"Sunday Sermon" The Lord has been very gracious and generous in answering my prayers.  My first answered prayer, that I remember, occurred when I was a young boy. A friend had thrown my baseball into the ivy in my parents’ front yard.  Half of the yard was covered with overgrown large-leaf ivy. It was like … Continue reading My First Answered Prayer

Joseph F. Smith – An Unshakable Personal Testimony, Even at Gunpoint

What if the Church Leaders Denied Their Testimonies? I asked my seminary students and gospel doctrine classes this question: “Suppose that the prophet announced at general conference that the church is not true. Therefore, the prophet asked that the members sustain the general authorities and officers in dissolving The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day … Continue reading Joseph F. Smith – An Unshakable Personal Testimony, Even at Gunpoint

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?

“Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One’s Testimony in the Face of Criticism and Doubt,” by Michael R. Ash

Book Review and Recommendation I have spent thousands of hours studying the church and gospel, reading hundreds of church related books, including biographies, histories, and commentaries, in addition to the scriptures, and attending dozens of lectures and symposia. Thus, whenever I have been confronted by anti-LDS claims, my faith has not been shaken.  (Of course, … Continue reading “Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One’s Testimony in the Face of Criticism and Doubt,” by Michael R. Ash

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (25). Final Article: The Undeniable Witness of the Spirit

The internal evidence of the authenticity of the Book of Mormon is overwhelming. Unquestionably, the Book of Mormon is an inspired translation of an ancient religious text by multiple authors.  No one, especially not Joseph Smith, was capable of creating such a sophisticated work of fiction in such a short period of time in the … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (25). Final Article: The Undeniable Witness of the Spirit