I love the Book of Mormon. It has brought an abundance of happiness, peace, joy and love into our home. When I read it, my children’s ears perk up, my heart becomes soft and teachable, and it often moves me to do and be more than I would on my own. Impossible things become manageable, frustration turns to love, anxiety to peace, incompetence to competence. The best thing about the Book of Mormon is the miraculous spirit that is present as you read. I am often moved to tears by its unique power and ability to “bring us closer to God than any other book.”
As I reflect upon its profound significance in my life, I am most grateful for its confirming witness of Christ and the clarity it brings to otherwise vague doctrine. The Book of Mormon is another witness of Christ and is a companion to the Bible. It was written by prophets on the American continent beginning about 600 years BC. It begins with a family being led from Jerusalem to the “promised land” before its destruction. It tells of the people’s struggles, faith, interactions with God, wars and the events that led up to Christ’s birth, death and resurrection. It reaffirms that Christ really is the promised Savior and testifies of His appearance to the people on this continent after His resurrection.
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There are many amazing promises found within the Book of Mormon. I would like to highlight 3 of them that have power to profoundly influence anyones’ life.
1. Any person can receive an answer and know with certainty that the Book of Mormon is true.
“And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.” Moroni, 10:4
2. Our nation will always be free and peaceful if we serve Jesus Christ.
“Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written.” Ether 2:12
3. One will be happy and blessed as they keep the commandments of God.
“And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.” Mosiah 2:41
Like the majestic beauty of a hot air balloon, the Book of Mormon elevates and lifts us higher through the power of the Holy Ghost. If we light the fire from within through faith, diligence, prayer and sincerity, each of can receive a personal witness of its divinity and partake in its promises.
Read the Book of Mormon for yourself.