Many people wish we would tone our religion down and quit talking about miracles like the First Vision, the golden plates and their translation, the ministering of angels, and divinely called prophets. Can’t we just accept that the Church is just a human organization with nice social programs and relatively uplifting fiction in the form of the Book of Mormon? Forget it. We believe in the reality of God, in a loving and living Messiah who still speaks, and in real angels that don’t just appear in someone’s mind but have actually been seen and even felt. The presence of the miraculous in the Church cannot be forgotten – and numerous members of the Church have their own personal and often very sacred experiences confirming the reality of miracles in these days. I also affirm this on the basis of my personal experiences in the Church. Argue all you want about whether Joseph Smith did something you don’t like or whether you think you can explain some passage in the Book of Mormon by an appeal to mystery texts from Solomon Spaulding or Walt Whitman or whatever, but we are left with strong and convincing evidence of divine power in the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, often at a personal level, and surely at the level of Joseph Smith and the founding of the Church. The irrefutable testimony of the many witnesses to the Book of Mormon stand as a sure and powerful witness. And there are many other interesting miraculous events worthy of our consideration. Two new resources on these topics at FAIRLDS.org are “Miraculous Events in Early Church History” by David Ferguson, which includes a discussion of fulfilled prophecies of Joseph Smith, and “Explaining Away the Book of Mormon Witnesses” by Richard Lloyd Anderson. I would encourage you to read those articles and ponder the miracle of the Book of Mormon witnesses.
While the many miracles I have experienced in my life have not been so public and dramatic as an angel letting me see and feel sacred gold plates, they have been more than enough to greatly confirm the reality of God, the power of prayer, the power of the restored Priesthood of Jesus Christ, the divinity of the Book of Mormon, and the importance of service in the Kingdom of God. I bear witness of the truthfulness of these things, in spite of my ignorance of many things and my inability to answer every objection of our critics. God lives, Jesus is the Christ, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored with power and authority from God in our day.