Most of us Mormons believe God reads our minds. I pray to God in my thoughts regularly in the belief that God hears and understands my thoughts as clearly as I hear and understand them. Now how God could read the minds of billions of humans all at once is a mystery but since this is God we are talking about such mysteries are par for the course.
The other thing that Mormonism teaches is that God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost are “one God”. This is generally believed to mean that the members of the Godhead have completely unified purposes and enjoy what is sometimes called an “indwelling unity”. One would assume that indwelling unity among the members of the Godhead means they read one another’s minds just like we generally assume they read all of our minds.
So the question that is difficult for me to answer is how does a mind retain individuality if it is entirely shared with others? I tend to envision thoughts as being rather like water, and when multiple containers of water are mixed without boundaries they become a single body of water. I can conceive of the “Borg” problem not arising between me and God since I can’t read his mind. But if the mind reading is constant and reciprocal I have trouble understanding how individuality could survive.
One theory I posted on once is that since we have one-track minds here on earth, truly multi-tasking minds are simply not comprehensible to us. (From what I’ve read we have fast minds but we can only think of one thing in a given instant so our “multi-tasking” is really our fast brains flickering back and forth on multiple topics.) I sort of prefer this answer I think. As Milli Vanilli said: “Blame it on the Brain” (or something like that). Maybe without human brain limitations the members of the Godhead can be tuned into billions of feeds at once while still retaining independent personal minds.
If that general approach doesn’t work then I am not sure where we we go next. I have occasionally heard people claim there is a massive delegation project with angels and whatnot but if a single God himself still gets all the info that would just be a less efficient method of him mind reading anyway. Others have hinted that our prayers are really listened to and answered by some form of Team Holy Ghost with each of us having individual angels responsible for reading our minds and responding. I don’t think that really solves my question very well if Celestial minds have this one-track limitation our minds have though. Plus, that approach seems to obliterate our ideas about the Godhead.
We have pretty much no revelation on this subject so I realize that the proper answer is “we don’t know”. But in the absence of knowledge and revelation on the subject I would be interested in your opinions.
[Associated Radio Thang Song: Milli Vanilli – Blame it on the Brain… err… Rain]