The Missionaries Will Teach...
This message of the restoration is either true or it is not. We can
know that it is true by the power of the Holy Ghost as God promised in
If you desire to know whether or not the The Book of Mormon is true,
you must first read and ponder it, and then must ask Heavenly Father in
prayer if it is true. To do this, we address Heavenly Father in the
name of Jesus Christ. We thank him for our blessings and ask whether
or not The Book of Mormon is true. Nobody can know spiritual
truths without prayer.
In response to our prayers, the Holy Ghost we tell us the truth through our
thoughts and feelings. The feelings of the Holy Ghost are gentle,
quiet, and powerful. When we start feeling that the gospel is true, we
want to know all that we can about the restoration.
Knowing that The Book of Mormon is true leads to knowing that Joseph
Smith was a true prophet and that the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored
Some Additional Thoughts...
In general, the religious beliefs of people can be traced back to their
thoughts and feelings. When you look at the teachings in this key
principle that way, Mormonism isn't unique. What is unique is the way
that Mormonism formalizes the process of seeking for thoughts and feelings
and claims that certain thoughts and feelings are signals from God that can
be relied on to assuredly know that a their Church is literally God's
one and only kingdom upon the earth.
There are two questions that this raises in my mind. First, assuming
that the principle really is true, how can you tell when thoughts and
feelings are signals from God as opposed to merely thoughts and feelings?
Second, why should a dispassionate investigator accept that praying about
the The Book of Mormon really is a valid way to evaluate whether or
not The Book of Mormon is true?
My Analysis of Moroni 10:3-5 and how it is used.
Religion and the Brain by Sharon Begley.
A fascinating Newsweek cover story about the physiology of religious
thoughts and feelings.
The Famous Bayesian-Moroni Prayer Analysis Calculator.
A tool to help evaluate the truthfulness of The Book of Mormon
without abandoning either reasoning or the possibility of receiving
Experiment upon my words. The Book of Mormon suggests that with
a mere desire to believe, one can perform an experiment which will turn
desire into faith, and faith into knowledge.
Why I Bear My Testimony by a site visitor.