Testimonies of God restoring relationships
I ask the following of ex-members all the time and never get answers:,Over a dozen witnesses saw the plates.
Three saw the angel and the plates.
Many more witnesses saw other angelic messengers.
Many saw divine beings at the Kirtland temple dedication.
How do you explain all those witnesses?,A few examples for those that donu2019t know about the many witnesses Iu2019m referring to above:,Joseph Fielding McConkie points out that, Many a pretender to the prophetic office has claimed to entertain angels or to have spoken with God, but who other than Joseph Smith introduced his angels to others? Joseph Smith introduced Moroni to Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris (Testimony of the 3 Witnesses - https://www.
He was never alone when priesthood or keys were restored.
He and Sydney Rigdon received the revelation on the degrees of glory together.
Together they saw legions of angels, along with the Father and the Son (see D&C 76:21-23 - https://www.
Oliver Cowdery was with Joseph Smith when John the Baptist came to restore the Aaronic Priesthood (https://www.
), and when Peter, James, and John came to restore the Melchizedek Priesthood (https://www.
Oliver was also with Joseph Smith when Christ came to accept the dedication of the Kirtland Temple, and Moses, Elias, and Elijah restored their keys, powers, and authorities (D&C 110 - https://www.
(Sons and Daughters of God, pp.
194-195) The accounts of these and other eyewitnesses who were with Joseph Smith during these events, stand as a testimony to the world that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God and that the Church of Jesus Christ was in fact restored through divine messengers.
Look up a few of those links.
,Then there is an account mentioned on another Quora thread of God the Father and his Son appearing to members of the School of the Prophets.
Add to the above, the divine manifestations that accompanied the dedication of the Kirtland Temple and youu2019ll find there were literally hundreds of eyewitnesses to the restoration events.
The Kirtland Temple dedication alone was witnessed by nearly 1000 people in attendance.
Some saw the Savior, others angels, and some had visions and spoke in tongues.
There was also a rushing of wind as George A.
Smith began to prophesy and the whole congregation arose at once.
People in the neighborhood came running to see what was happening.
They saw a bright light like a pillar of fire resting on the temple.
It was reported that many in attendance spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Descriptions of this event are found in the History of the Church vol.
2, pages 380-382, 427-428 and James Talmageu2019s House of the Lord pages 99-102.
No one I have discussed the above events with has ever been able to respond rationally.
It seems to me that the accounts of these and other eyewitnesses stand as an irrefutable testimony to the world that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God and that the Church of Jesus Christ was in fact restored through divine messengers.
I know of no other church that can make these claims.
Another question I never get an answer to:,This short video summarizes the evidence for the booku2019s complexity:,Watch it and then try to explain these Book of Mormon examples of complexity and sophistication:,1.
Statistically distinct authors,2.
Complex source texts,3.
Numerous fulfilled prophecies,9.
Over 150 named locations,11.
Brilliant doctrinal discourses,12.
Competing religious ideologies,13.
Over 200 named characters,15.
Editorial prefaces and conclusions,17.
Over 1,000 intertextual relationships,18.
Efficient system of weights and measures,19.
Over 1,000 Hebrew literary elements,21.
Realistic naming conventions,23.
Pervasive early modern English,24.
Consistent usage of many words and phrases,27.
Three calendar systems,28.
Multiple literary genres,29.
Realistic demographic data,30.
Authentic legal cases,31.
Over 600 consistent geographical references,Each of the above have been found by scholars to be evidence for the Book of Mormonu2019s authenticity.
A site named Book of Mormon Central contains a detailed examination of many of the above findings.
The site also provides a long list of references for scholars and critics to research the Book of Mormon on their own.
,How do you explain the above complexity found in the Book of Mormon?
God heals broken relationships
We all have one great relationship - a relationship that is eternal, that never dies, that never leaves us, that never hurts us, never lets us down.
A relationship that is always there for us, always loves us.
And that relationship is your great and everlasting relationship with God.
,When you work on growing closer to God, divine Love, and let yourself be wrapped up in Love, all the pain and hurts and grief in the human realm will be healed.
,This writer found healing of the pain of grief through one of Jesusu2019 Beatitudes: