Building my testimony through the words of the prophets, including President Monson

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    Jan. 10, 2018 8:16 a.m.

    Carmen, questions that arise as to the source of your testimony will come. But those of us with similar experiences understand.
    Some will attribute it to psychological phenomena solely centered within the brain--that studies have been done that duplicate these occurrences under "controlled" conditions. Those conclusions are mere extrapolated speculation. How does one duplicate exactly the conditions under which an individual gets those experiences? How can they be "peer reviewed" in a scientific setting rather than a setting that is one of faith?
    My own experiences, along with those related by many others over the years, resemble yours. But it's rejected as "peer review" by many in the scientific world because it lies outside the natural world of experience through the five senses.
    Science--including psychology --can only go so far in their investigations. The subject comes down to where one is willing to place his trust--completely in science, completely in faith, or a healthy mixture of the two? I choose the latter.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Jan. 8, 2018 7:04 p.m.

    I dint think that you know that I think you don't know, I hope someday you'll understand.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    Jan. 8, 2018 8:59 a.m.

    RE: Carmen. President Joseph Fielding Smith, the 10th president of the LDS Church, said, “The Spirit of God speaking to the spirit of man has power to impart truth with greater effect and understanding than the truth can be imparted by personal contact even with heavenly beings.”

    “They tell us the Book of Mormon states that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost. I challenge that statement.” The Book of Mormon teaches No Such Thing! Neither does the Bible!” Doctrine of Salvation. Vol 1:19.? Joseph Fielding Smith.

    who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the ‘Holy Ghost(pneuma)’, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God. Alma 7:10,

    “The Angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God(Luke 1:35 NIV,NET…)

    &Matthew 1:23 "Behold! The virgin(Parthenos) will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel" (which means, "God with us").

  • Nephiwon Crown Point Essex, NY
    Jan. 7, 2018 4:24 p.m.

    I love this column. The gospel is an enormous blessing. I couldn't live with out it. It is what defines me and my quest for obedience with exactness. All that I hold dear I learned to appreciate on my mission. I love to read the biographies of the prophets. There is so much for me to learn. President was so special. I'll miss him til we meet again. His counsel makes me a better man, and better priesthood holder.

  • hbeckett Colfax, CA
    Jan. 7, 2018 12:10 p.m.

    carmen, thank you so very much for each and every column this one really speaks to my hurting insides