The Catalog of Antimormon Accusations
Trust Your Feelings
by Woody Brison

This is one leaf of a review of "Inside Mormonism: What Mormons Really Believe" by Isaiah Bennett
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Bennett's statement: I ignored my "head" in favor of my "gut feelings - something Mormon missionaries encouraged. In fact, the basic principle of Mormon evangelism is: Trust your feelings, your "personal testimony," about the LDS faith.1 Mormons cite a passage from one of their scriptures, Doctrine and Covenants, that gives this criterion for determining truth: (quotes DC 9:8) <=== Found on p. 14/15 spanning the page break.

Bennett's footnote 1 is trivial, having nothing to do with this most urgent of topics. How could anyone be that unconscious? It's like finding the Holy Grail and worrying whether your tie is straight.

That people should just "trust their feelings" is not our thing at all. It's hard to imagine Bennett innocently misunderstanding this; he quotes the passage that explains it, and the true principle is well represented in all the scriptures.

DC 9:8

When Jesus appeared to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, they didn't recognize him as they walked along with him, discussing the scriptures and recent events. Then they saw his hands as he broke bread. Afterward they said, "Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?"
Luke 24:32 (v.13-35)

Earlier, Jesus had asked his disciples who they understood him to be. Peter said he was the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus said he got that knowledge from God. It was a sure witness, solid like a rock.
Matt. 16:13-18

Later, Peter was directed to go to Caesarea and present the message of salvation to Cornelius. "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word." Their minds were quickened, and they learned things by revelation - they spoke in tongues, and they knew things about God, which were shown to them.
Acts 10:1-44

We explain the doctrines (starting with things that people are prepared to understand and proceding toward those things that are new for them), and then God communicates with them that this is true. He uses the power of the Holy Ghost to do this. It is a holy influence, one that every child of God (that's everyone) can feel as well as understand, that gives them knowledge and understanding - it's personal revelation. This is what a personal testimony is.
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1. Woody Brison is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but this website is not affiliated with the church. It may be thought of as an additional, somewhat independent witness.

2. I want this page to be as accurate as I can make it. If you have a correction, please email me.

3. All biblical quotations are from the King James unless otherwise noted.

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