Thursday, September 19, 2013

My Testimony of the Book of Mormon (September 2013)

Please listen.

The Book of Mormon has changed my life. It is a true holy record from God written specifically for us. Do not take it for granted. Read deeply and read for understanding. I remember distinctly one of the first times I received a spiritual witness of the Book of Mormon and I thought "there is a reason this record was preserved for you." Conversion through the Book of Mormon is a process/ it doesn't happen overnight/ and like everything else/ it takes effort. It's a beautiful amazing process that changes every part of your life. Just when you think you "get it".. your eyes are opened to something new..and then another, and then another. You will need to read more than just a couple verses or 10 minutes every day. Make time to feast upon the book.. 45 minutes to an hour. Our mission president taught us that there are 6 different levels to study the scriptures:

1. Hear the word
2. Read the word
3. Study it
4. Search
5. Treasure
6. Feast

Think about those levels and ask yourself where you are. Search treasure and feast is where revelation happens. Revelation is the personal communication from God through the Spirit for the salvation and exaltation of his children. Keep a revelation journal (not just a study journal). As you read from the Book of Mormon as-well-as the Bible, write your feelings, thoughts, and impressions. (not just verbatim verses).. as you document and record your revelation, Heavenly Father will give you more (DC 50:24  "That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light and that light growtheth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.").

Delve deeply into the scriptures and let it change you. Our purpose here is to become more like Heavenly Father and as I've read the Book of Mormon, I've learned about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. As you learn and feast upon that.. your life begins to reflect His. So don't go a day with out reading the Book of Mormon.. it is the only source of undiluted doctrine directly from Heavenly Father through his prophets. Marion G. Romney promised in the name of Jesus Christ.. that if you read the Book of Mormon every day you WILL achieve Celestial Glory. So act with faith and prioritize that sacred record. I love the Book of Mormon and I love the doctrine and gospel within. It is true and complete.

~In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

“The core elements of the gospel message are found in all the holy scriptures but are most clearly given to us in the Book of Mormon….Here Jesus Himself plainly declares His doctrine and His gospel, with which God’s children must comply to 'have eternal life.'”
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Second Counselor in the First Presidency

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