Friday, October 9, 2020
The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ
I testify that The Book of Mormon is the greatest piece of literature on the Earth. No matter where any person is physically or spiritually at any given point in their lives, prayerful study of that book will bring them greater peace, it will bring increased comfort, and it will bring an abundance of happiness. Since before it was ever translated, by the gift and power of God, it was attacked, but as truth cannot be destroyed the Book of Mormon will always prevail. I was not in the Grove with Joseph to see the pillar of light that surrounded God and Jesus Christ nor did I hear their voices that day, but through the Book of Mormon I've had glimpses of heaven, I have had bits and pieces of that pillar of light revealed to me, and I've heard the undeniable witnesses as spoken by the voice of the Spirit of God and of Angels from the dust that Jesus is the Christ, that He does live, and that the authors of the Book of Mormon are His chosen prophets.
The Book of Mormon is a symbol of faith, and an answer to prayers. It is the literal and physical fulfillment of prophecy. It is a corrective lens to clear our vision and align our perspectives to God's. It is an all inclusive tool-box with a plan for any and all life-improving renovations. It is a friend to offer us comfort, an aide to heal a wound, and a tool to aid others. It provides inspiration and leads the true seeker of Christ into revelation. It is life support for a struggling soul. It is the keystone that holds together this church and it's millions of members. It is an undeniable witness of Christ, the Spirit, and our Father in Heaven. As Elder Holland has said, it is a block that one must go around to leave this church because it cannot be walked through or shoved to the sidelines. It is also a stepping stone to use to get closer to our God than we ever otherwise could by bringing us closer to our Savior and His Atonement than we could ever otherwise get. It is a personal Liahona to those who truly seek Him. It teaches all men that they must do good and teaches them how to do it, and it will lead all men who follow it to abundant life with God. The Book of Mormon is the pure and undefiled word of God, the love of God, and as such is to him who claims to know and love God, the most desirable book above all other books. Every once in a while I will have an experience, like piloting a small aircraft over the beautiful land in southern Utah that I grew up in and seeing it from an entirely new and different perspective, that brings me great joy and an adrenaline rush like nothing I've ever experienced. And for a time I will wonder to myself how will I ever top that experience? Then comes time for me to pray and to open and search the Book of Mormon, and it is then that I truly learn to soar. In times like we are in now, where there are so many who are scared and worried about the future, the Book of Mormon gives me the comfort of knowing that I will always have something to look forward to and that there is always more peace and joy to come. I love that book and the relationship I am able to achieve with my Savior through it's teachings. Truly God does live, The Book of Mormon is more than enough evidence to convince me of this every single day. I know that the more we embrace the Gospel, the more it will embrace us. I testify that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's established church restored to the Earth in our day.