Recently, I met with a man who suffered a series of heart attacks resulting in two near-death experiences. We talked for two and a half hours about his experience meeting the Savior and being shown a comprehensive view of the Savior’s life.
He said that the Savior stood by his side as the events we’re familiar with from the scriptures unfolded in real time. He said it was a three-dimensional view of things as they took place. He stood in the stable when the Savior was born and saw all that occurred there. He was observing events as they happened. He couldn’t interact with others, but he was actually there observing and hearing all that transpired.
NDE (near death experiences) can’t be ignored, especially by people of faith, there are just too many of them. The NDE I am familiar with can be backed-up by hospital records of a health crisis resulting in “death”. This of course adds to there validity.
This will be the first time I’ve discussed NDE on my blog. I’ve tried to keep my focus on subjects that build faith in Jesus Christ. After talking with Ralph V. Jensen, I decided that discussing his NDE is a legitimate means of increasing faith. That said, I am aware that church leaders don’t discuss NDE in General Conference or the Ensign magazine—with one important exception. In Oct 1989 General Conference, Elder David B. Haight related his health crisis and apparent NDE and the “panoramic view” of the Saviors life he was shown (Another apostle, Elder Jedidiah M. Grant related his NDE from the 1850′s).
Brother Ralph V. Jensen is a contractor/artisan by occupation. He is a common, every day kinda of guy. Enjoyable to talk with, intelligent and very knowledge about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m going to related a couple of things from our conversation that I found most interesting. It is not my intention to do a review of his book. My intent is to make my readers aware of his book.
Ralph related in great detail aspects of the Savior’s crucifixion. He described the nails that were used. They were black with big heads (so they wouldn’t pull through the flesh) and varied one from the other because they were made individually. In those days they didn’t make things on an assembly line.
The Savior was a big muscular man because of the hard work he did as a carpenter. Ralph saw him as a youth and learned that in those days wood workers also carved and worked with stone. I’ve worked with slate-stone and know first hand about the hard work carrying and working with stone.
Ralph said, the Savior was crucified on a busy road in front of Golgotha, not on the top of Calvary. Ralph described the cross as being much shorter than we traditionally depict it in art. The feet of those on the cross were just above ground level. The Romans wanted the passer byers to interact with the crucified. This way they could further humiliate them when those passing by on the busy road could see them up close and mock the victims if they chose.
I enjoyed meeting with Brother Ralph V. Jensen. Author of a new book, Taught by Christ. To my knowledge, what he was shown is the most comprehensive NDE of the Savior told so far.
A Recent book titled, “Glimpses Beyond Death’s Door” by Brent L. and Wendy C. Top, gives and LDS prospective on NDE. Brother Top is a religion teacher at BYU.