Why would I write a paper about it? Because I could. And I needed a topic for my Honors Thesis somehow based on Sherlock Holmes or his ingenious creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
|See? I'm not the only one!|
(I'm about as obsessed with Sherlock Holmes as I am with Batman, but I can get away with writing about Holmes in an academic setting. I tried using Batman once, but it failed.)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle became involved in Spiritualism early in his life, but fully devoted himself to it after World War I. In the War, a few of his close family members died in battle, which had a profound effect on him. After learning this, I wasn't surprised to see that he was looking for a way to talk to his family again. Spiritualism told him he could.
Now, as members of the church, we know two things. 1) We will see our family members again. We can be sealed to them and feel that bond between us whether in life or in death. Knowledge of the Plan of Salvation is a great spiritual comfort to us. 2) We never go messing with the occult. When you summon spirits, you invite all spirits in. And where did that angry, jealous, deceitful, nasty 1/3 of the host of heaven go? Right here.
Many, if not all Christian churches around the time of WWI told their congregations to not get involved with Spiritualism. We're told very clearly in the Bible not to heed the counsel of wizards and stuff. But in a war with an unprecedented number of deaths and rampant illness, soldiers were coming back from the battlefield with questions. Some had seen their fallen comrades on the field of battle after they had died. Some families had talked to their fallen sons. And the churches were telling them to not pursue these experiences further. Lots of people did, though, and Spiritualism rapidly grew in popularity. I think there was even a Spiritualist Society in Utah, albeit a short-lived one.
I have no doubt that thousands or millions of people have seen or talked to the spirits of departed loved ones. I probably won't because ghosts freak me out. The best way to get to know what to expect beyond
the grave is to study the gospel and the Plan of Salvation. If you want to know what is up with that, just ask me.
I have no right to make fun of anyone for their beliefs. Every human comes with a bucket full of experiences and relationships and views of the world that forms what they believe. I have no idea what anyone has gone through, not even the slightest. So, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I would like to apologize for that. I hope someone has done your temple work and sealed your family together. If not, could his nearest living relative please send me a message? I have a book for you to read.
Remember: Sherlock Holmes says, "No!" to illegal drugs, and you should too.