Have you had any profound spiritual moments in your life?

I feel far more "spirit" in nature, in man-made art, and in amazing food than I ever once felt sitting in a pew at church.

maisy220 profile image for wasmormon.orgmaisy220

One time I swear I had a dream about God. Now I think my brain was just trying to clump together an answer I didn't have.

kingofweird profile image for wasmormon.orgkingofweird

Oh, that feels like a rare, unpopular thing for ex-mormons, but I fully accept that I had spiritual moments in my life. I'm happily agnostic/humanist at this time. But I have experienced things I cannot explain in any other way than some greater consciousness outside of my own.
I am someone who has had visions - I saw my son's eyes, and felt his presence several times before I was even pregnant with him. I served a mission, and had multiple experiences of praying over streets, praying over people, and trying to find answers or directions of where to go or what to do. I FOUND people. I found people at the ends of their ropes who just needed a "sign." I even felt a dark "discouraging" spirit at one point.
Unrelated to Mormonism, I've had experiences with ghosts, etc.
Now that I'm not Mormon, I don't need answers for what causes these things, and why. I'm happy not knowing, and just receiving those things when they come.

murphy profile image for wasmormon.orgmurphy

Yes.  I had what I might describe as mystical experiences before joining the LDS Church, and I experienced what I interpreted to be mystical and spiritual experiences during my long LDS tenure; and I continue to have a spiritual dimension in my life now; in that way, nothing has changed except the manner in which I interpret these experiences.   What I have learned is that spirituality is ultimately an individual experience, and we should never give our spiritual identity away to a rigid orthodoxy; life requires flexibility and continued openness.

shanecor23 profile image for wasmormon.orgshanecor23

Yes, but none of them were when I was Mormon.

Mike profile image for wasmormon.orgdeserveliberty

It's hard for me to say because I don't believe in spirits or souls, or anything supernatural. But I have had, and continue to have, many profound moments in my life. Moments where I feel connected to something bigger than myself. Moments where I am in awe of the enormosity of the universe. I am amazed at all humans have accomplished, and continue to accomplish in spite of great odds.
For lack of a better word, my soul is rich with these moments.

sallygirl75 profile image for wasmormon.orgsallygirl75

I've had deep spiritual experiences my whole life. I've always felt the love of the Divine strongly, and if anything that's gotten stronger since I left the church. My name, Anja, was given to me by Spirit after I'd realized I was trans and was starting my transition - it means "grace".

anjaisagirl profile image for wasmormon.organjaisagirl

Many, more now since I found my enlightenment.

Evert profile image for wasmormon.orgevert

I have had many profound "spiritual" experiences in my life (though I would call them something different now). I do not discount any of those even though I no longer subscribe to the church and its teachings. One experience in particular was when my husband and I went through the temple for our sealing. Our daughter was about 5 months old at the time. At that age, she was incredibly clingy and never did well with other people, constantly crying and unhappy unless I was caring for her. When we went through the temple, we had to leave her in the temple nursery. She was dressed and brought into the sealing room when it came time for that event. When they brought her into the room, it was the most amazing feeling. She was in their arms and had a huge smile on her face when she saw us. She was not fussy or anxious, but seemed calm and content. As we went through the sealing, she sat on the altar and just held our hands until it was complete. It was a wonderful experience and I will always hold it near to my heart.

debrac28 profile image for wasmormon.orgdebrac28

Yes I have, both in and out of the church. One of the biggest spiritual experience I've ever had was when I was in college, before I had met my then husband. I was in my "rebellious" phase. I was just trying to experience everything I was forbidden to try when I was in my parents house. One night I had a very vivid dream. I still remember it and how I felt. The dream went as followed; I was sitting in a generic celestial room while I was going through my endowments for the first time. There was a group of people on the other side of the room that were being loud and obnoxious. I turned to my left and Jesus was sitting next to me and I asked him "why are you allowing these people in here when it's suppose to be my special day. Why aren't you stopping them?" He turned to me and said "my child, you do the same thing in my temples when you come in and you aren't worthy. Your spirit is creating loud noises for other. You need to stop what you're doing."

It felt real. Very real. I felt overwhelmed with the spirit while I was talking to Jesus. I felt like I touched him. I heard the people talking. I still feel like it was real today.

Debbie Knudsen profile image for wasmormon.orgdebbie-knudsen

Yes several. On my mission I experienced an undeniable "stupor of thought" while trying to teach someone. Our lesson plan that night had been on the word of wisdom, but when we tried to teach it the words literally would not come. It was like something came over us and physically stopped the words from forming. My companion and I turned to each other and then started just talking with the woman about God's love.
There was another where I was in the celestial room in the temple and really wanted a spiritual experience. This was while I was in the MTC about to leave for the mission field. Again, it was like a presence guided me to thoughts of God's love and a realisation that I didn't need to see or hear anything dramatic to know what was important.

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