Reader Voices: Prayers answered in a small village outside Venice

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  • Mayfair City, Ut
    Nov. 15, 2011 8:17 a.m.

    Vanka: "It just means the book is not true."

    No, it just means that you personally have not yet received that witness for yourself.

    You hold no special status as someone who hasn't received a witness. Many have not. You often relate, in these comment boards, your past experiences and your anger.

    Merely going through the motions and wanting an answer is not enough.

    God is in charge, and knows hearts, and circumstances, and is in charge of who receives what--and when.

    Your spirit of anger could be changed to a spirit of seeking, if you are willing.

    God will never FORCE you to believe.

    He will never force you to have faith.

    He will never force you to change your considerable offendedness at those you perceive as judging you as intellectually, spiritually, morally deficient, clueless, prideful, or unworthy for not yet receiving a witness.

    And instead, begin again, with the help of your wife, who readers of your many comments, know you love.

    I'll bet that if you would ask her what she would like you to do--to pray, or study or read with her, you could begin again. You would cause her joy. Good luck.

  • BalancedFulfilledLife MISSOURI CITY, TX
    Nov. 14, 2011 7:53 a.m.

    I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the same organized religion that Christ established when he lived on the earth. He has directed its restoration to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. Through an unbroken chain of priesthood authority since its restoration, the church has been led by Christ through His servants, the prophets. The prophet of God on the earth today is Thomas S. Monson. We have the truth because God loves us and wants us to return to Him. We are His children. Through the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ, we can return to Him.
    Vanka, don't give up. The peace and joy of receiving the truth are worth the struggling and strivings it takes to finally know for oneself! I pray that you will come to know as I know that it is true!

  • BalancedFulfilledLife MISSOURI CITY, TX
    Nov. 14, 2011 7:52 a.m.

    He had to choose to DO something, and his choice to receive the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as God's restored gospel was rewarded with an outpouring of God's spirit.
    Some will know the truth by reading the book. Some will know by praying to God in the name of Jesus Christ. Some will know by doing - by living the teachings and seeing that good things follow. "Ye shall know them by their fruits, " Matthew 7:16.
    "Ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith," Ether 12:6.
    Don't give up trying to find out for yourself. You are headed in the right direction.

  • BalancedFulfilledLife MISSOURI CITY, TX
    Nov. 14, 2011 7:47 a.m.

    I commend your tireless efforts to find out for yourself. Many have read, searched and pondered as you have. I have a neighbor that began investigating the church because his wife was drawn to the goodness she saw and felt in the lives of the women in the church. She met one woman and then another and another. She decided that the things she desired were common in all of the women, so perhaps religion was the thing that made the difference. As my neighbor sought to learn more about the church with his wife, he described himself as being in a state of "paralysis of analysis." He read. He prayed. He still did not know. He determined to move forward in faith. He used his agency to metaphorically say to God, "I will embrace these teachings. If I am right, let me feel it deep in my heart and mind. On the other hand, stop me if I am wrong. But I am at a crossroads and must act." He had to walk by faith.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Nov. 14, 2011 7:41 a.m.

    Amen. Thank you for reminding us all of our "James 1:5-6 moment." Everyone has to come to this knowledge on their own, especially in these times of such turmoil and adversity. I cherish the day I received that witness, and am grateful for this reminder of the "put up or shut up" moment.

    Vanka; Perhaps it is time to try again. Things happen on the Lord's timetable, not our own.

    "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering." James 1:6

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    Nov. 13, 2011 7:13 p.m.

    Thank you so much. If ever there was time when we have need to draw closer to God and feels his influence in our lives, this is it. The difference in finding a testimony is usually the attitude we approach the question. When we truly want to know and open our hearts to the spirit, we will receive.

  • quantumleap42 PROVO, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    I like what the author said about how the Book of Mormon provides an anchor to our lives that will positively affect the rest of our lives. I think that is a strong evidence for the Book of Mormon, that it causes us to change our lives and live better than we would.

  • Vanka Provo, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 8:39 a.m.

    I have had similar experiences reading the Book of Mormon, praying about it, studying it, and on and on - with one exception: I have never received any witness or confirmation that the book is "the word of God" or "true".

    I testify that Moroni's Promise does not always give you a "true" answer.

    And that does not mean you have done anything wrong or are unworthy!

    It just means the book is not true.