I had been up late
reading from the Book of Mormon until about 3 a.m. and was so tired when I
finally went to bed that I fell asleep right away. The next thing I recall was
standing beside my bed and watching myself as I lay there sleeping. My first
thought was that I had died, for how else could I be standing there beside
myself watching me sleep? But the thought that I was dead didn't bother me at
all, I felt fine! What I was feeling was merely "curiosity" about what was
happening. My next thought was that I must be dreaming, and to prove it to
myself, I felt my arm lying beside my sleeping body and was surprised that I
could actually feel my warm flesh! Convinced then that I was not dreaming, and
that what was happening was real, I thought, "I must be dead! But I can't die
now! I still have a young son at home who needs me!" It wasn't that I minded
being dead, because I felt just fine, but the thought that my son would have no
one to care for him caused me concern. But no sooner than I had thought, I
heard someone say, "Don't worry, you're not dead, yield yourself." It then
occurred to me that I wasn't alone, that there was someone in the room with me.
Although I could not see anyone, I knew that whomever was with me was a male,
because it was a male voice, and I was not afraid, and I found myself yielding
to this strange experience, curious about what was happening, instead of
resisting, as one would do if having a bad dream.
The next thing I recall
was being high in the sky with the darkness all around me and the stars
twinkling in the distance. I felt myself moving though the sky and could even
feel the breeze blowing through my hair and gown. I looked down and saw the
ground far below and it suddenly occurred to me that I was actually high in the
sky and I thought, "I'm gonna fall, I'm gonna fall!" And no sooner than my
thoughts were out, I heard that same male voice assuring me, (and there seemed
to be a bit of amusement in his voice), "Don't worry, you're not going to fall,
you're not going to fall."
When I looked down
again, I could see a city below, and I knew from the shape of the houses and
buildings, as well as the large round gold dome of the temple mount, that I was
over Jerusalem in the Holy Land.
I don't recall
descending, but the next thing I knew, was that I was standing on the temple
mount and a group of about seven individuals dressed robes and wearing sandals,
were coming to greet me. I noticed a very tall gentlemen in front was dressed
differently than the others; he was dressed in clothing from the 18th century,
and as we were shaking hands, I realized he was the Prophet Joseph Smith. Then
I was shaking hands and talking with the others.....
and the next thing I recall was waking up in my body on my bed, Immediately, I
grabbed a pen and some paper and began to write down everything that happened,
which is still so vivid in my mind after all these years.
associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the
the kind of experience difficult to express in words?
the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening
What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?
was exactly the same as if I had been in my physical body, except I did not feel
any emotion at all. As I wrote earlier, I was curious about what was happening,
but there was no fear, astonishment, excitement, none of those things I would
have felt if I had been in my body of flesh.
Was the experience dream like in any way?
it was not. I have had dreams many times, and I always know when I am dreaming.
If I have a bad dream, I will force myself to wake up and I do! If I am having
a good dream, and wake up naturally, I will actually try to go back to sleep to
take up where I left off! Dreams are also hard to remember, especially in
detail. When you are "in the spirit and out of the body," it is just like being
there in your body and in control...there is just no "emotional" feelings but
you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?
No Not in this experience, but I have felt this separation in other
experiences. I first started having "out of body" experiences when I was 18,
when I could feel this separation which really frightened me; I thought I was
dying and my spirit was leaving my body! That was long before I gained
knowledge of what was really happening, which is a natural thing.
What emotions did you feel during the experience?
curiosity; and just once, when I realized I was high in the sky like an
airplane, and thought I would fall, there was a "tinge" of excitement, but not
really fear or fright, as if you were in your body. In the spirit, I am calm,
cool and collected. l guess that is the best way to describe it.
you hear any unusual sounds or noises?
the voice that spoke to me.
Did you recognize any familiar locations or any locations from familiar
religious teachings or encounter any locations inhabited by incredible or
response Yes, I immediately recognized the Holy land and the City of
Jerusalem, especially the Dome Rock on the temple mount.
you see a light?
you meet or see any other beings?
Yes The individuals who met me on the temple mount; they were dressed in
ancient Israelite cloting, robes and sandals except for Joseph Smith, who was
dressed like he was in life.
you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state?
you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience
that could be verified later?
you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they
Yes I could see, feel, and hear. As for talking, I am not sure if it was
"telepathically" or vocal, but it did sound like it was vocal.
you have any sense of altered space or time?
you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or
you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?
you become aware of future events?
Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the
you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience
that you did not have prior to the experience?
Yes I can "Discern" some things people are thinking or when something is
going to happen, but only certain times when it comes to me, For example, I
knew that California was going to have an earthquake on Easter Sunday this
year. And it did.
you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?
has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices?
know the real meaning of death, that death is merely a separation of the spirit
from the body, and is nothing to fear; that an individual has a physical body
and a spirit body, that are identical in appearance.
your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?
Have you shared this experience with others?
Yes Yes, and it is well received.
What emotions did you experience following your experience?
increased interest and zeal in obtaining as much knowledge and wisdom as I
possibly can about God and the spirit realm, angels, etc.
What was the best and worst part of your experience?
There was no worst part; everything was good!
there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?
I had my patriarchal blessing, which was years after I had this experience, I
learned I was descended from the tribe of Benjamin, one of the 12 tribes of
Israel, and I believe that is why I was carried to the Holy Land because it is
really where I came from as thousands of Israelites were scattered among the
nations and never returned.
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life,
medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?
the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively
describe your experience?
Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.
this experience, but I have had many more experiences over the years that would
be of interest to you.