Brent L. Top

May 31, 2019 01:01 PM MDT
When I was teaching at the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies, one of the classes I taught was on the book of Isaiah. While preparing for my discussion of the assigned chapters from Isaiah, I had a remarkable experience that had a powerful effect on me and my approach to the last days and view of the Second Coming. As I carefully studied Isaiah 24, which recounts many prophecies regarding conditions of the world in the last days, I began to feel gloomy, almost despondent:
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November 03, 2018 04:04 PM MDT
In 1990, I attended the annual conference of the International Association of Near-Death Studies, held that year in Washington, DC with Robert Millet. We didn’t quite know what to expect. Was the conference going to be comprised of “UFO chasers,” people with aluminum foil hats, and the like?
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August 30, 2018 09:15 AM MDT
Everyone who believes in God at all believes that He knows what you and I are going to do tomorrow. But if He knows I am going to do so-and-so, how can I be free to do otherwise?
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August 03, 2018 08:00 AM MDT
Despite apostolic warnings and repeated admonishments to avoid becoming caught up with Second Coming sensationalism and apocalyptic alarm, there have been many in every generation that assume the answer to the age-old question “When will He come again?” is “Now.”
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June 05, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
One of the most important lessons learned by those people who have glimpsed beyond the veil of death is what is most important and lasting in life. It often brings a radical reordering of their priorities in mortality. These glimpses into the spirit world remind us that one of the greatest blessings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is that we know which things matter most; what our eternal priorities should be. . . .
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May 28, 2018 11:15 AM MDT
Many years ago when my children were small, my wife prevailed upon me to “be a good father” and buy a swing-set for the family. She envisioned the children swinging and playing happily in a yard full of neighbor kids, and then she could be a “Kool-Aid mom” by providing treats. In contrast to her vision of all the great things a swing-set would do for our children, I envisioned fights, broken arms, and worn spots on my grass.
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April 21, 2018 03:00 PM MDT
This is the first in a two-part series excerpted from Brent L. Top's book, What's on the Other Side. Read the first part here.
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April 14, 2018 03:00 PM MDT
This is the first in a two-part series excerpted from Brent L. Top's book, What's on the Other Side.
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October 27, 2017 09:00 AM MDT
In virtually all of us, there is some sort of innate yearning to know what was before this life and how it affects us here.
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June 14, 2017 01:30 PM MDT
The following is an excerpt from Brent L. Top's Beyond Death's Door: Understanding Near-Death Experiences in Light of the Restored Gospel.
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July 14, 2016 02:07 PM MDT
The following is an excerpt from Brent and Wendy Top's Beyond Death's Door: Understanding Near-Death Experiences in Light of the Restored Gospel.
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June 11, 2015 09:00 AM MDT
All illustrations courtesy of Alex NabaumLatter-day Saints know that we lived before we came to earth and that we will live again after death. But exactly how many details do we know about this spiritual existence? Find out what Church doctrine teaches us about our premortal and postmortal life.
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