Wednesday, July 1, 2009
July Theme - The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ
With the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ also came the dispelling of false or misinterpreted doctrine. Our Heavenly Father, knowing that the aforementioned apostacy would bring about with it a corruption of true teachings, commanded other people from other parts of the world to record their prophecies in their own language, knowing that these writings would be translated and used to correct false doctrine and stand as further witness of Jesus Christ and his mission. One such compilation of these teachings is found in the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It was translated by Joseph Smith through the power of God, and is evidence that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God.
The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets who lived between 600 B.C. and 400 A.D. in Ancient America. These prophets wrote down their prophecies concerning the coming of Jesus Christ, as well as the history of their people. A great prophet by the name of Mormon took all of these prophecies and abridged them into one book. When Christ was resurrected, he appeared personally to the people who were living there at that time, and revealed his Gospel to them, just as he revealed his Gospel to the Jews in Jerusalem (3 Nephi 11 - 28). However, after many years of peace (4 Nephi), the people began to become wicked again. Eventually, all of the righteous people were destroyed by those who were wicked. Mormon's son, Moroni, the last prophet to live at that time, finished recording his prophecies and the history of his people, and buried them deep in the earth.
Centuries later, that same Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith as a resurrected being, and showed him where he had buried the record he and his father made, and gave him further light and knowledge. When the time was right, Joseph Smith translated the record by the Power of God from the language of Moroni's people to English. This is how the Book of Mormon came to be.
In order to know that the Book of Mormon is true, a person must read, ponder, and pray about it. The honest seeker of truth will soon come to feel that the Book of Mormon is true.
Reading, pondering, and praying about the Book of Mormon are critical for an enduring conversion. Those who begin reading the Bookf of Mormon for the first time take important steps toward coming to know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and that the true Church has been restored to the earth.
-Preach My Gospel, pp. 38
Having studied the Book of Mormon and prayed about it myself, I have come to know for myself that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It helps me to understand the teachings of Jesus Christ better, and helps clear up many things that most other religions have misunderstood or misinterpreted. Because I know that the Book of Mormon is true, I know that Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet of God, and that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored in these latter days. Because I know that I have been able to find this out for myself, I know that anyone who earnestly studies the Book of Mormon and prays about it will also come to know that it is true.
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