Date: August 08, 2018 09:18AM
But resounding silence is also evidence that the Book of Mormon is true, don't cha know.
Any reaction, or non-reaction, is spun into a positive affirmation.
Had a missionary tell me that he, too, got silence when he prayed. He reasoned that, since God knew he was a very rational person, a non-response was all the spurring he needed to dig deeper into the Book of Mormon to find the truth that he knew was there. All I had to do, he said, was to dig deeper.
In hindsight, I should have told him about the first rule of holes...stop digging.
Date: August 08, 2018 11:58AM
I had special feelings about things I heard in church, talks, etc., even GC, but the scriptures, No. And especially not the BofM, but I read it plenty of times. I was supposed to, so I did.
The worst stupor of thought I ever had was when I had fasted and prayed, and then asked the bishop for a blessing over answers to my gay boyfriend's situation, and there was dead silence, as though if there were heavens, they were slammed shut. SHOCKING! I'll never forget.
I had my best friend tell me that she was going to send me a bofm to read when she found out I no longer believed. I told her I would read it, but I KNEW that I would get nothing from it. I have read it more than most people I know, family, friends, neighbors, daughter. Maybe she's read it more than I have. My daughter spends an hour a day reading scriptures and writing down her thoughts. Then she tosses the journal she wrote them in later on.
Your family relative is full of himself right now. He has no right to give you any advice whatsoever.
Date: August 10, 2018 05:21PM
Prayer is an act of submission. Just bothering to pray about it is giving it a chance, one it doesn't deserve, and in my opinion it's shutting down your brain's BS detector, a BS detector that already knows the B of M is boring as hell and that it fails as a history, as a novel, AND as a spiritual book.
Guess what? Asking someone to read and pray is the first step in their little mind game. If you don't get an answer, it's not like they'd say "I guess God doesn't want you to join". Instead, they'd say you don't have enough faith, aren't worthy, aren't sincere, need to try harder, or . . . (fill in your own blank). He probably doesn't realize it, but your friend has just invited you to a mindf*ck.
Let's also not forget that giving you advice to read and pray about a book when you didn't ask for advice is a breach of normal boundaries. What you read, or pray about, is none of his damn business. Normal people might tell their friend about a book they liked. But they wouldn't try to TELL someone to read a book.
BTW, I read it probably 18 times and prayed intensively for at 20+ years and waited for an answer. It never came. Waste of time, energy.
Date: August 11, 2018 11:30PM
EIGHTEEN TIMES!!!!! That just gave me a headache, a big fat one.
Hie, I hope you were given bribes and wonderful gifts galore.
At the risk of a lawsuit, I will ask my sexist question: Is this book more to a male's liking.....you know the battles, and battles, and battles galore? The crossing of the rubicon by the Jaredites in those amazing bee-filled barges with holes both on top and bottom? Now, I know for sure that I don't have any world statistics to back me up, but myself and my female friends did not play sword fights ever. Just sayin'.
Okay, I'll stop.