Have you had a prompting you would be called to a position at church that never came to pass? Have you ever given a blessing and made promises and felt spiritual confirmation of those promises, but which never came to fruition? Have you ever sought after something through prayer, begging and pleading with God, and received a spiritual witness that you would receive that gift or that what you were asking for would occur? Have you ever felt spiritually guided to do something or take a path which ended up not working out? Have you ever felt the Holy Ghost tell you that for sure something would happen that didn't?
I have. Several times.
The people close to me that I've talked this subject with have. My opinion is that these sorts of things happen regularly to spiritually minded human beings.
This is the way I make sense of it. That time I prayed and asked for a job and had an overwhelming spiritual experience that I interpreted as a promise that God would help me get that job, only I didn't get that job? Looking back at it, I recontextualized that spiritual experience with a different meaning. Maybe the message was "I love you, keep working hard, and I'll make sure everything works out for you in the end, even if you don't get that job." I don't deny the spiritual experience, but I do have to recontextualize. Because it's obvious my initial interpretation was false.
Likewise, it's easy for me to reinterpret a spiritual confirmation of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon or Joseph Smith. I don't call it confirmation bias. I don't deny that it ever happened. I don't think spiritual things are silly. But I do think maybe the real interpretation was more along the lines of "I love you, keep seeking me, I'm pleased with your spiritual journey."
Edited by robuchan, 22 August 2012 - 11:41 AM.