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“Believe All the Words”: A Key to Spiritual Outpouring

Title“Believe All the Words”: A Key to Spiritual Outpouring
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsCampbell, Mark
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsConversion; Law of Witnesses; Repetition; Revelation; Type-Scene

In the Book of Mormon, many people received a remarkable spiritual outpouring following a declaration or demonstration of full belief in what they had already received or were about to receive. This paper examines nine examples of this that exhibit strong similarities in both language and substance. These examples demonstrate that the key to receiving a spiritual outpouring is to “believe all the words” of God that one has already received or is about to receive, after which great blessings will follow. However, such full belief must be thoughtful and inspired, not merely credulous. The findings of this paper provide another example of the rich narrative and doctrinal patterns in the Book of Mormon.

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