Young Mormons struggle to detect feelings of the Spirit

by | Feb. 24, 2010

What We Believe

The scenes are familiar.

A young man approaches the pulpit and breaks down while recounting how he was saved from disaster by a prompting. He can't make it to "Amen" before grabbing a tissue.

A woman shares an experience in Sunday School about a relative who was given a blessing and healed from serious illness in the blink of an eye.

A friend retells a dream that revealed which academic major, career and spouse he should choose.

All know they felt the Spirit -- "without a shadow of a doubt."

But less noticed is the girl in the back of the chapel who, watching others repeatedly be overwhelmed by the Spirit, questions if she's ever once felt it. Less apparent is the young man praying for the burning in the bosom that he's heard so much about but never experienced, wondering what he's done wrong to be so unfeeling.

How do you know when you're feeling the Spirit? Does it have to be ground-shaking in order for it to count?

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