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There has been an unfortunate trend among sectarian Christians to disparage Mormonism's belief in the manifestation of the Spirit we call the "burning in the bosom." This phrase is taken from Doctrine and Covenants 9:8 where the Lord taught Oliver Cowdery how to recognize this manifestation of a spiritual witness. "But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right." I have encountered anti-Mormon web sites where evangelical Christians have ridiculed this particular manifestation, encouraging those who investigate the Church to place no confidence in this sensation. When sharing your understanding of it with other Christians, it might be useful to have knowledge of a couple of passages from Jonathan Edwards' "Personal Narrative." Edwards, who lived before the Restoration occurred (1703-1758) was one of the most important American Protestant theologians. His sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" is credited with starting the first Great Awakening. Edwards theology is staunchly Calvinist in nature. Yet his doctrine still resonates with evangelicals today. That's why I think it is important to know and use these passages from his narrative. Here they are: "The sense I had of divine things, would often of a sudden kindle up, as it were a sweet burning in my heart; an ardor of soul, that I know not how to express.... "...[T]here came into my mind so sweet a sense of the glorious majesty and grace of God, that I know not how to express. I seemed to see them both in a sweet conjunction; majesty and meekness joined together; it was a gentle and holy majesty; and also a majestic meekness; a high, great, and holy gentleness (Edwards). "...[E}very word seemed to touch my heart. I felt a harmony between something in my heart and those sweet and powerful words...." "Somtimes, only mentioning a single word caused my heart to burn within me; or only seeing the name of Christ, or the name of some attribute of God" (Edwards)." Conversion happens when an investigator recognizes the testimony of the Holy Ghost. The great Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards knew and recognized this special feeling and he described it as good as any person ever has. When other Christians realize that this same holy feeling that many of them have experienced can testify of the Restoration, they may be more willing to rely upon it and accept the glorious principles that have been revealed in the latter-days. I think Jonathan Edwards would have recognized the movements of the Spirit and embraced the Restoration, had he lived long enough to see it.