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Published: Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:07 p.m. MDT

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Kings Court
Alpine, UT

People search for validation to their pre-conceived beliefs. That is why they pay attention to the discourses of a four year old child when it concerns the after-life, however, if that same four-year old disappeared for an hour on a camping trip, and upon being found told his parents that he was abducted by aliens, there would be an abundance of skepticism--again due to pre-conceived beliefs. I'm not poo-pooing the existence of heaven, but I do like to analyze human psychological behaviors. Human beings want to be validated more than anything else. It is a fascinating field of study.

delasalle
Sandy, UT

I've read the book and for those wondering, although many of the concepts are similar to what the LDS version of heaven is, much of it is not as well. For perhaps the first half of the book, I was amazed at how similar the kid's explanation was of the version of heaven LDS believe in. But at some point it deviated significantly to the point where I thought either the kid is fabricating, the parents are fabricating, or LDS heaven is incorrect. I guess a fourth option is heaven doesn't exist but that's a different discussion. If any others have read the book, I'm interested in hearing opinions.

happy2bhere
clearfield, UT

I once heard a story of a 14 year old boy who also said he saw and talked to Jesus Christ. Some believed him, some didn't. Some things will never change.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

A boy raised by a fundamentalist Christian pastor having a near death experience of Jesus does little to establish the experience as "true" in any veridical sense. When they find a child not indoctrinated into a belief system in any way having an experience that seems to confirm that belief system, then we may want to pay attention.

Since near-death experiences seem to be universal, it would make sense to look at reports from different cultures. I suspect Hindus are not reporting visions of Jesus, however they do report visions of their gods regularly.

Brahmabull
sandy, ut

happy2bhere

Your Joseph Smith story is not the only one out there. There are many many stories, past and present of people claiming to talk to god. Why should we believe any of them? If god wants us to believe, he can visit each one of us individually.. which he has yet to do.

happy2bhere
clearfield, UT

Brahmabull
Because Joseph Smith had something to show for that experience. The Book of Mormon. Otherwise, your're correct, many frauds could claim the same.

gmlewis
Houston, TX

Having read the book, I am led to believe the Colton had a dream vision where he saw and heard wonderful things about eternity. Like most dreams, we wake up and try to make sense of the experience. What you can't remember, you subconsciously fill in with guesses.

Whether angels had wings, the Holy Ghost was blue, or Heavenly Father was of immense size could easily be the result of interpreting details that were incomprehensible to him.

As a child, Colton heard stories and songs and saw pictures during his brief, Christian-based life. This was the framework he worked from as this experience unfolded before him. The main message of his vision was that Jesus was the Son of God, and He loved him.

How much extra detail or distortion gradually seeped into the family's memory over the past years we'll never know. They gave the best rendition they could remember.

Brahmabull
sandy, ut

happy2bhere

But if you are unimpressed with the content of the Book of Mormon, and believe it to be nothing more then 19th century fiction (as I believe) then it makes everything even more confusing.

skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

Dream it, package it, and sell it. If enough people buy it you may receive suffice coin to make your dreams come true.

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