Was this a Modern Day Miracle? (PostMormon – ExMormon – Faith Crisis)


hey just wanted to get feedback and
input on this this experience that I had so you know that was a missionary
Christian missionary Mormon missionary in Virginia for two years and we got
invited by some members up to come over they had a daughter a disabled daughter
and they needed a they wanted a priesthood blessing from you know some
of us church you know priesthood holders the the men in the church that hold the
priesthood and they kind of have the power to heal in the name of Jesus and
stuff and and so anyway we go there and there she is you know and her name was
Sophie she was 18 years old she’s completely disabled she couldn’t speak
couldn’t feed herself couldn’t you know couldn’t sit up couldn’t walk couldn’t
do anything and and so the family was very gracious and you know this was
normal to us we would go around and give these blessings to the members and we so
we show up and we go and we walk in this room there she is
and you know just just very humbling to see people in that position you know
where they can’t hardly function and and you know it really helps it makes you it
makes you really feel for the family you know especially the the caregivers maybe
them you know like in this case the mother they spend their whole life just
tending to this you know this loved one well my I was new on the mission and so
I was hoping that the the senior companion would would be the one to
administer the blessing and and so he did and and I anointed with oil and then
he actually laid his hands and gave His blessing and then you know he closed in
the name of Jesus Christ and and something changed during that blessing
like something changed like it was like she was moving a lot and
making these noises and then all of a sudden wants the blessing got going she
just became very calm and then at the very end he leaned down and I could hear
him because I was standing right there and he whispered in her ear and he said
Sophie jesus loves you and then all of a sudden the room is almost like it time
Stood Still and everything just changed like I don’t know it was something very
strange in the room and then all of a sudden Sophie said and keep in mind she
couldn’t speak and she said clear as day I love everyone and then she got up she
sat up on her own and her whole family’s just standing there like shocked
completely stunned and she turned sideways on the bed and stood up and
then she walked on her own all the way over and hugged her mom and for the
first time in 18 years she said I love you mom and then one by one she did the
same to her dad and her brother and her sister and we were all just crying can you feel that do you feel that Seon on my mission I
was taught that those those feelings tell you that this is true but every
single word that I just told you was an absolute lie none of that was true I
made up the whole story not to be cruel not to make fun but to make a point does
this make sense see my religion they would tell stories like that and then
they would lay claim to the so-called feelings that people would have you can
have those same feelings even if it’s not true
why the reason is because we’re human and we have a heart and we have emotions
and we believe in goodness and we want to believe in miracles but unfortunately
there’s bad people in this world and there’s bad organizations there’s people
that learn that they can actually lay claim to those feelings they can tell
you lies and then they can tell you that those good feelings you’re having as a
result of lies are the spirit or the Holy Ghost or Jesus telling you that
this is true this is true and what are you gonna do about it
your next step is to you have to act Jesus or God gave you this gift it’s up
to you to do something about it and this is how people become converted to
religion does that make sense study such things as confirmation bias a
woman can actually pray and believe that she has faith in Jesus and believe that
geez is going to answer her prayer about who
she should marry she could be so certain she could be hiking on a trail five
minutes after she prayed and she could see the name carved into a rock that
says Jack and her confirmation bias could be so strong that she sees the
name Jack and she goes there it is Jesus spoke to me and she’ll have these
feelings whoa come over her still small voice the burning in the bosom and
she’ll say it is Jack I am meant to marry Jack that’s amazing I’ve just
prayed about this and Jack could turn out to be a sexual predator that abuses
their children and it happens and you could have ended up in a religion that
lied to you and took advantage of you intentionally
fraud any religion they play on these emotions they play on your desire to
believe in miracles and to be connected to the divine study what’s called
cognitive dissonance which means once you’ve had one of these spiritual
experiences you feel like nothing could ever convince you that it didn’t happen
or that it wasn’t real or that it wasn’t a miracle study it study it out you’ll
be shocked at how powerful the brain is once the brain is decided on something
you can’t it’s almost like you can’t unlearn it you can’t unsee it you can’t
not believe no matter how much evidence is provided to you which proves that
that experience was not accurate that that answer did not come that it is not
true the confirmation bias in the case of the woman her bias or her
cognitive dissonance could be so severe after her brain went to work her brain
made the connection confirmation bias she decided she’s supposed to marry Jack
however she could live a lifetime watching him sexually abuse her own
children and she’ll put up with it because her cognitive dissonance is so
strong that she can’t deny that jesus answered that prayer even though he’s
abusing my children I can’t deny that jesus answered my prayer so she stays
and the abuse continues and it ruins her life and she stays I see it every day
and it’s most common in religion how do religions do this it’s not because the
people are geniuses it’s not because the prophets were geniuses it’s not because
they’re so smart it’s not because they’re so clever it’s because they’re
playing on our greatest desire which is to live after death and to be with our
loved ones after death and so in the case of my religion it was so simple you
can’t be with your loved ones forever unless you can form unless you
participate obey fall in line and give us 10% of your money for the rest of
your life so I did and so have so many others but
we’re not the only religion that does that anyway
sorry to tell the white lie I did it to make a point so many of us are so
desirous to believe be careful there’s people that’ll take advantage of
that these are not honest people these people do not have ethics they do not
have integrity they are wolves in sheep’s clothing

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