Specifically, for those of you who have read it, what is your opinion of Lance Richardson's book, The Message?
I've met a number of people who knew Richardson personally and they all spoke highly, not only of him, but his whole family, particularly his dad.
In a number of accounts, including Richardson's, people were able to tell what people were doing sometimes miles away at a certain point. In Lance's case, he saw his father leaving somewhere and his guide whispered a reminder into his ear to go bless Lance. He saw his father visibly react to it, and though he later recalled vividly having that thought (at the same time and place), his father didn't recall hearing anyone whisper the suggestion into his ear. In another account, a woman saw her mother in the waiting room of the hospital get up and go for "a smoke." Although her mother had given up smoking, what really surprised her was when her grandmother who, to her mind had NEVER smoked, got up and said, "I'll join you!" This was later confirmed by everyone in the waiting room, but was, of course, too far away to have heard or witnessed.
Lance had his experiences beginning on Christmas 1999. He was allowed to return and write his account, which he did. Interestingly, he died for good in 2006 -- five years later. My brother had the chance to meet him on two occasions, and he said he was strongly impressed that Lance was telling the truth. On Amazon.com, the book was sharply criticized by some for its Mormon teachings, like premortality, men-as-angels, temples and LDS prophets in heaven rather than...well...the other place.
Speaking of the "other place," many of these stories recount stories of people visiting those who are still alive and living, but they are missing any accounts of evil spirits. I've always felt that they exist in a still different dimension than the righteous spirits who are ministering to the living. One of the early leaders said if we could see the evil spirits that were invisible to our eyes, that we would be alarmed by the number. I would think that good and evil spirits would have to operate in different dimensions, but no leader of the church has addressed that issue.
What are your views?
Edited by Cold Steel, 20 December 2010 - 10:02 PM.