|The Sacred Grove|
|The Upstairs Bedroom at Carthage Jail|
|The Concord Bridge - Where the Revolutionary War Started|
These photos are from three places where the Spirit touched my heart in a very strong way. There are many more, and I'll list a few so you get the idea:
• The Temple
• Adam Ondi Ahman
• Gettysburg Battlefield
• Liberty Jail
• Girl's Camp
• Handcart Trek
• Our local chapel (Depending on the day)
• Hill Cumorah
• Many Cemeteries
I know you understand, There are just some geographic places and buildings that have a powerful spirit about them. We have all felt it.
So now I want to ask YOU a question that I am not sure I know the answer to. It is not a question that will impact my salvation, or yours, but it is something I have thought about often. I have been thinking about it even more lately because next week I am teaching about Joseph Smith's First Vision, and the Sacred Grove.
Here is the question:
When we are on hallowed ground, do we feel the Holy Ghost more strongly because the Spirit dwells in that specific place, or because our hearts are more prepared to feel him because we know we are on hallowed ground?
Here is an example of why I ask: When I walked into the Sacred Grove for the first time, I could feel that I was somewhere sacred. It was enveloping, it was almost tangible. I had a strong spiritual witness regarding what had happened there - which I count as a great gift
But I am sure that some people who enter the Sacred Grove feel absolutely nothing.
Anyone who has spent time on the stand in Sacrament meeting has witnessed two people sitting next to each other - one is having an amazing spiritual feast and a life-alering experience, while the person sitting next to him is playing on his phone or sleeping - unfazed.
So when we say, "The Spirit is here with us today," what does that mean? Does it mean the Spirit is in the chapel, or it is in the hearts of those who are prepared to feel him. (This would be in obvious contrast to the lights being on when everyone entered the chapel - everyone could see it. But the Spirit is different - he that hath ears...)
I know that some places are deemed "Holy" and are actually consecrated through priesthood authority. Does that mean there is a different sort of spirit about that location after that? If so, is it the Holy Ghost? How does that work.
Elder Dennis Neunschwander of the Seventy, gave a talk some years back entitled "Holy Place, Sacred Space." It is an interesting read. LInk here.
That is my question to you. I know that many of you are well-read in the gospel, and many of you know much more than I do. I have some opinions about my question, but very little back up. Therefore, I am turning to you, my bright, witty and attractive readers, to help enlighten me.
I am not so much interested in your opinions. (I've got loads of those) I am interested in quotes, stories, talks or experiences that are documented or personal. This is a sacred topic, and I don't care much for speculation, and please treat with care.