LDS World: Receiving comfort in our afflictions

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  • number9 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 10, 2014 11:55 p.m.

    I'm well educated on what the Holy Ghost is. My issue with it is that it's not measurable or consistent. If it was, we'd all be part of the same faith.

    Don't doctors make mistakes? Even big ones? This woman deals the most with her own medication, and the probability of noticing it being off is very high.

    My main issue with these claims is that people with a clear bias are so quick to assume that it was their god who was responsible for the "miracle". What about Allah? Thor? Buddha? Zeus? Couldn't it have just of well been one of these? No, because you just happened to be raised Christian, so Jesus/Holy Ghost/Elohim (which one?) gets the credit.

    To me, it is foolish to base my life upon vague whispers that-- may or may not-- come to me when I have an important decision to make, or need help with a problem. That's called having an imaginary friend.

    What does work? Weighing the pros and cons, using critical analysis and asking trusted sources for advice and information. No god required.

  • 1.96 Standard Deviations OREM, UT
    March 10, 2014 9:17 a.m.


    This is one example of what the church refers to as the "still small voice." Our thoughts can be inspired by God, through the Holy Ghost, to bring things back to our remembrance (like remembering the warning label on medicine). The Spirit of God, in many cases, is very subtle and we may initially think to disregard it, hence why it is called still and small. But it is very real!

    It should also be emphasized that none of the doctors she visited had the same idea that her medicine was the cause of the negative side effect. As the article stated, "Countless years of training had prepared doctors and nurses to diagnose and care for my friend. Yet the problem eluded them."

    This makes the experience even more interesting, as you would expect the doctors to have already addressed this. However, it wasn't until after much struggling and sincere prayer did the answer come.

  • Cargie Rexburg, ID
    March 10, 2014 9:14 a.m.

    I love a saying that,"Coincidence is God's way of being anonymous". The Spirit or Holy Ghost is very real and does put impressions in our minds and hearts either to help ourselves or to go and help others. The more you experience this feeling, the more you come to know it is real. I am grateful she responded and was able to help herself.

  • JonathanPDX Portland, Oregon
    March 10, 2014 8:46 a.m.

    @number9 - Why is it far fetched to think that God had a hand in helping this woman?

    Having faith in Christ and the Gospel helps us understand that not every action of deity or blessing bestowed upon us requires a pillar of fire or the parting of a sea.

    The Holy Spirit is a comforter and often just helps us remember those things that we know, but have temporarily lost, whether from our pre-existence to something as insignificant as a warning label on medication.

  • pat1 Taylorsville, UT
    March 10, 2014 7:30 a.m.

    One of the problems here is aging.

    When family members or friends don't include older people in their lives it is very hard for them. Young people are busy with their families or their careers or both and in our (dare I say white) American society the seniors are frequently left alone. This isn't the case with our asian or hispanic neighbors and friends. It is a big flaw with us and one that President Monson addresses frequently.

    Think about it! The media keeps telling us ridiculous things like "60 is the new 30," trying to make everyone into a young person. Older people, whatever generation they are in, experience being put on the shelf once their physical and mental capacities begin to wane. They aren't included in the greater family or neighborhood because they are different or can't keep up. And they are alone a lot --in reality or in their mind.

    Yes, Christ is there for them. But all of us need to step up in being His angels to help.

  • Don37 Nottingham, MD
    March 10, 2014 7:29 a.m.

    This sister understands what faith is all about. If we all could learn to listen to that wee small voice, our lives would improve dramatically.

  • number9 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 9, 2014 11:00 p.m.

    That's wonderful that she found out what adjustments were needed in her medications. Hope all is well with her. I do not see how God helped in this situation. Didn't this idea come from her own memory? How does this author claim to know that God put the thought there? To me it sounds like a far fetched assumption. I really don't mean any offense, but this is very silly.