About an hour ago (I’m writing this late on Tuesday evening), in a Facebook discussion about whether “Mormon studies is a one way slog to desolation,” a friend wrote:
I mean Ardis said at sunstone that books fall from shelves in front of her and she miraculously finds answers to research she is looking for and attributes that to supernatural help. I’m not making fun of that but that isn’t my experience nor would it be the experience of the majority of the folks I know. We are left with just raw facts to determine if something is true or happened the way it is said to happen.
My friend was recalling a few words from my 2011 Pillars of My Faith talk, where I said:
I began to have odd experiences, the kind that all genealogists recognize and that all non-genealogists laugh at. Books fell off of shelves and fell open to pages that showed where a missing family member had moved …
Whether that kind of thing is within my friend’s experience or not, I stand by my statement. (more…)