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Do Spirit Hugs Exist?

Don - October 13, 2006

According to Joseph Smith we can detect evil spirits and righteous spirits by offering to shake their hands. If they are a righteous spirit they won’t offer to shake, if they are an evil spirit they will offer, but when we try we won’t feel anything.

So what about spirit to spirit? When I die and go to the spirit world and want to hug my mother, will I “feel’ anything? Do spirits feel other spirits? If so, and I presume they do then what about spirits and physical bodies? It seems then that spirits would also be able to “feel” physical bodies. If they can then do they give hugs to their living loved ones? Do the physical bodies and physical things of this world get in their way as they move around this earth? Do they feel the walls they go thru?

How does it work for resurrected bodies?

I’m counting on spirit hugs when I die. It would be nice to consider that I could get spirit hugs when I need it now, eventhough I may not know I’m actually getting them.


  1. Nicholas Cage gave spirit hugs when he was an angel!!! So,yes, I think spirits do hug.

    Comment by John Cline — October 13, 2006 @ 1:39 pm

  2. And of course the corollary question is: can spirits beat the tar out of each other?

    Comment by Geoff J — October 13, 2006 @ 1:53 pm

  3. Geoff, would that be spiritual tar? Because beating the crap out of them probably doesn’t work.

    Comment by Don Clifton — October 13, 2006 @ 2:16 pm

  4. Maybe they can beat the spirit snot out of each other…

    Comment by Geoff J — October 13, 2006 @ 3:15 pm

  5. If you ever come close to dying, and are in a coma in the ICU for a day or two, in and out of consciousness, you might be able to sense/feel spirits standing near you. Just as you would a normal person. Except that they would have to be standing where the bed is. And sometimes you might get a glimpse of what they look like, before opening your eyes to see who is standing there, and realizing there’s no one there.

    Hugs, I don’t know about.

    Comment by Susan M — October 14, 2006 @ 8:33 am

  6. I’ve had a hand on my shoulder in a comforting sort of way–half a hug perhaps?

    Comment by Téa — October 15, 2006 @ 12:25 am

  7. Wow, Susan!

    But I’ve always wondered, really wondered, (please help me out here), why, why, why would the evil spirits offer to shake our hands when they know that we know what they’re up to?

    Comment by meems — October 15, 2006 @ 6:12 am

  8. JS didn’t say they’d offer. He said to ask them to shake hands with you, because they wouldn’t be able to. Although they’d try.


    They do try to fool you. But in my experience, they’re full of lies and hate and easy to expose.

    I must sound completely loony.

    Comment by Susan M — October 15, 2006 @ 7:39 am

  9. No, you don’t sound like a loony!

    I guess what I’m asking is, if you were an evil spirit and impersonating an angel, when one of us asks you to shake hands, why do you reach out? Why not say, “oh, I can’t!” I assume they have knowledge and access to all the information that we have (including the scriptures). I thought they only thing couldn’t do was read our thoughts.

    Just curious.

    Comment by meems — October 15, 2006 @ 7:45 pm

  10. Yeah, you’d think they’d be smarter than that, huh. But the one I encountered actually tried to pretend he was Christ. Not too bright. (I didn’t see him, though, just heard him, when I was half-asleep. I would’ve just dismissed it as a dream except for later I learned a couple other family members had encounters with it in the same room, and none of us knew of the others’ experiences until afterwards.)

    Comment by Susan M — October 15, 2006 @ 8:40 pm

  11. Wow. That is really intense. So, this guy must live in that room… My great-aunt swore there was a spirit who dwelled in her bedroom, and so she would never sleep in there. She put a small bed in her “TV room” and slept in there for years. And this is way before she went senile! :-)

    Comment by meems — October 16, 2006 @ 5:55 pm

  12. Geoff J. Would Spirit Snot be ectoplasm?

    Seriously, I was just thinking along similar lines.

    We teach that our spirits are like our bodies. Do they have digestive systems, excratory systems, eyes? Do they eat spirit food?

    What about intelligences?

    Will we be able to eat when we are resurrected along with everything else? What will we eat since everything else will be resurrected too? Where will what we eat go if we do eat?


    Comment by Matt W. — October 17, 2006 @ 11:24 am

  13. Matt,

    It’s obvious we can eat after we are resurrected. Christ was always eating after his resurrection. In fact I think all but a couple of times when he appeared he ate!

    What will be eat, I don’t know but I bet it will taste great. And waste products…maybe our bodies will be more effective at digestion and there won’t be any waste.

    Comment by Don Clifton — October 17, 2006 @ 1:32 pm

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