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The Mormon Testimony

Mormons claim that a personal feeling, a burning in the bosom, which is interpreted to be a "manifestation" of the Holy Ghost, is the only evidence needed to prove that the religion is true. However virtually all religions claim to have spiritual experiences. Compare for example:

Religion Experience
Islamism Sufism
Buddhism Nirvana
Hinduism Moksha
Mormonism Burning in bosom


Religious experiences serve as confirmation of its truthfulness, and results in personal testimonies that are repeated as self-assuring affirmations, which in turn compound the verity of one's religion. Compare for example:

A common Mormon testimony A common Muslim testimony
I bear you my testimony that I know the Book of Mormon is true, I know that Joseph Smith is a true Prophet of God and I know that the Church is the only true church
I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and I bear witness that Mohammed is the servant and Messenger of Allah
(the "Shahada")


In a world of diverse religions and conflicting teachings—each with spiritual experiences, we can conclude:
  • All religions may be false, but all cannot be equally true.
  • Spiritual experiences are not all from the same source.
  • Spiritual experiences do not always guarantee true teaching.

Since the spiritual can be experienced in many religions, what makes the Mormon witness the true spiritual witness?

Should I Pray About the Book of Mormon?