Amy Williams: Seeking and receiving personal revelation

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  • Heart and Mind BUENA VISTA, VA
    June 24, 2012 7:02 p.m.

    Thank you Dr. Williams for a cogent explanation of your testimony journey. I was inspired by your analysis. I love it when the things of the heart and mind can mesh so well together.

    Dear "skeptic," If you would just pick up the Book of Mormon and make some concentrated open-minded effort to study it, you might be over-whelmed with "evidence" for it as I have. I have a doctorate and have been studying it daily for the last seven years.

    Sure, there are a few things about the Church, and its doctrine that I can't understand yet. But when I compare those few uncertainties to the hundreds of pieces of testimony evidence I have received, I see in my mind's eye something like a old-fashioned laboratory weighing-scale tipping way over to the belief side.

    As a further analogy, I don't stop believing in my love for my spouse when we have a disagreement, because I balance that with the hundreds of pieces of evidence of my love for her collected over the last 20 years.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    June 20, 2012 10:34 a.m.

    Amy William's sentimental journal is interesting and well written. It would be wonderful to have a follow up journal of how personally knowing god has changed her life. It would seem that knowing god would change ones life to emulate something akin to Mother Teresa's giving and dedicating her life to god's work. Also, because Miss Williams credits the BOM as a major source of her knowledge of god can she please ask god where there might be some physical evidence and prove of the BOM. It will be interesting if Miss Williams will share more of herself with readers. She appears to be a sincere and honest person.

  • Ben Jones Bowie, MD
    June 20, 2012 5:14 a.m.

    I went through a period of atheism myself. One of my problems with religion was the atrocities committed by Christians and other religionists throughout history: slavery, the Inquisition, the Holocaust, the subjugation of Native Americans. Later it occurred to me that the reason these things upset me so was that they went against the things that Jesus Christ taught. So what did that make me? A believer in Jesus Christ after all.

    I was skeptical of Mormonism at first, especially after reading NO MAN KNOWS MY HISTORY but after reading a A MARVELOUS WORK AND A WONDER, which explained the doctrines of the Church very clearly, I realized that this was the way that I always thought Christianity should be practiced. I had the experience of seeing all the pieces of a puzzle falling into place with such force that I was ready to be baptized within a week.

    That was 30 years ago and I've seen nothing to dissuade me since then, having served in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for 4 years, and in a bishopric for 2.

  • Gramajane OAKLEY, ID
    June 19, 2012 7:19 p.m.

    Way to say Amy!
    If I might paraphrase it a bit as you gave me the idea :)
    Maybe it is like it is possible to prove something that has matter is in a defined place
    but is is probably not possible to prove that nothing is in a defined place as science
    continues to discover things ever smaller than the human eye can see?

  • starman52 Magna, UT
    June 19, 2012 6:25 p.m.

    What an extremely well written summary of the experience of revelation examined through the eye of reason and logic. Thank you for this gift of yourself.

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    June 19, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    Good for you, Amy!! It's almost impossible to explain to non-believers how the spirit works, what it leaves with you when visiting, and the sweet peace that you can feel amidst the pain of living in a world that is ever increasingly willing to throw away the good in favor of the bad.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    June 19, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    Thank you to the author for sharing these personal experiences. Its not always easy to put such things into words.

    There are so many who are convinced that anytime someone believes that they are deluded. And as the author explained, some people are deceived. But as a general rule such deceptions lead to complications, isolation and ultimate sorrow.

    Thank you for taking the time to write, from one who shares your convictions though my story was and is unique to me, the results have obviously been the same.