rcrocket wrote:No hint? Absolutely none? (I know this is the EV view.) In my particular case, it did not initially come with a burning bosom. But, I point you to Luke 24:32 which is a lot more than a non-hint.
All that says is that while the disciples were talking with Jesus, they experienced a strong emotional sensation
. They had absolutely no idea what it was
or why they were experiencing it until after Jesus had revealed himself to them, and it certainly did not convict them of anything. In fact they couldn't explain it until Jesus had revealed himself openly. This is the opposite of the 'burning bosom' of Mormonism.
Luke 24:32 - "And they said one to another, Did not our hearts burn within us
, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?"
I think you're reading several things into that pericope that are not really there, and you force a couple of assumptions on it as well. But, just to show you that your reduction of Mormon spirituality is inaccurate, I will show you what is really taught about the burning in the bosom:
Jay E. Jensen wrote:One of the Quorum of the Twelve came to tour the mission over which the Seventy was presiding. As they drove to the next zone conference, the Apostle turned to him and said, “I wonder if you might have left an impression in the missionaries’ minds that has created more problems than you can resolve. As I have traveled throughout the Church, I’ve found relatively few people who have experienced a burning of the bosom. In fact, I’ve had many people tell me that they’ve become frustrated because they have never experienced that feeling even though they have prayed or fasted for long periods of time.”
He explained that Doctrine and Covenants 9:7–9 was given in response to the process of translating sacred records. [D&C 9:7–9] There the burning of the bosom was appropriate. The principle can apply to personal revelation, he said, but more precisely it related to the translation of the Book of Mormon. He counseled the mission president to refer missionaries to other scriptural references about the Holy Ghost. For example, he cited the verse “Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?” (D&C 6:23.)
Over the years, I have tried to learn the different ways in which the Spirit of the Lord works. Surely God does speak from heaven, but he manifests, confirms, or gives direction in a variety of ways.
Boyd K. Packer wrote:This burning in the bosom is not purely a physical sensation. It is more like a warm light shining within your being
Dallin H. Oaks wrote:What does a ‘burning in the bosom’ mean? Does it need to be a feeling of caloric heat, like the burning produced by combustion? If that is the meaning, I have never had a burning in the bosom.
The New Era wrote:Different people describe the feelings of the Holy Ghost in different ways. Some people describe the feeling as a “burning in the bosom” (see D&C 9:8), others talk about feeling filled with light (see D&C 88:67), and still others simply describe the promptings of the Spirit as a feeling of joy, peace, or calm (see D&C 6:22–23; D&C 11:13).
In every example I've ever seen of someone describing a spiritual witness they have only said "burning bosom" after they mention that they can't explain what it's like. This is the entire reason for President Packer's famous talk about describing the taste of salt. Perhaps the "'burning bosom' of Mormonism" is closer to what you describe than you are willing to admit.