LDS World: A young boy's experience with heaven

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  • Idaho Coug Meridian, Idaho
    May 31, 2011 3:37 p.m.

    I have always been intrigued by near death experiences. There certainly are trends or similarities regardless of the person's religious background. One thing that has always intrigued me is what appears to be the stark difference between emphasis between our earthly emphasis on a "true" religion or church and a complete lack of that in those near death experiences. The few experiences I have read in which the person asked or was told about religion, relate that actual churches or religion is not what is relevant. Even LDS experiences don't emphasize a single true church.

    This reality and the reality that there are so many diverse spiritual experiences among people of such diverse beliefs here on this earth are the two reasons why I lean toward many paths leading to the same spiritual reality.

  • Susan in VA Alexandria, VA
    May 31, 2011 8:13 a.m.

    what a sweet story... and one that really strengthens my faith.

  • dogchow1 Murray, UT
    May 30, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    I saw an interview with this boy. When asked if he saw God he said yes and that God was the largest thing in the universe. Considering this with some of his other answers, I decided the answers were a cross between coached (from previous books on this subject)and made up.
    His story may sound nice and feel-goodish, but I have my doubts.

  • Mayfair City, Ut
    May 30, 2011 10:48 a.m.

    I would be interested to hear this reverend father has re-examined his belief in the generally excepted Christian view in the Trinity, in light of his son's declaration: Jesus told me he died on the cross so we could go see his Dad.

  • Admiring Gentile Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    That's a sweet thought about what Colton's experience teaches us. But too bad Colton didn't ask Jesus, "How come there aren't any Mormons here? Or Jews? Or Buddhists, Muslims, New Agers, etc." Then Jesus would have had to explain that "Dad" so loved the world that He sent everyone but fundamentalist Christians to eternal torment.

    In short, we're being schizo to allow one part of Colton's testimony to comfort us while ignoring the rest of the theology behind it.

    Colton might also have asked, "How come your Dad needed your blood--or anyone's blood--in order to forgive them? He sounds like a Stephen King character to me. Let me out of here!!!!"

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    May 30, 2011 8:09 a.m.

    I would like to have heard what his son related. I do believe we are that close to heaven when things are critical and depending on our willingness to believe and listen, these experiences can have a tremendous effect on our lives.