Have you seen this new video on Mormon Messages?
I love the powerful testimony of an apostle. As I watched it, I thought that I’d like to write my own testimony of the Book of Mormon.
I have a testimony of the Book of Mormon – that it is the word of God, that it is a testament of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
I have read the Book of Mormon many times. Every time I read it, I’m overcome by impact that it has had in my life.
As a youth, I don’t think that I ever really doubted the Book of Mormon. It seemed good to me. While in high school, I had the blessing to attend early morning seminary. Hands down, my favorite year was when I studied the Book of Mormon. I had never read the entire Book of Mormon before that year. Even though I didn’t have some staggering revelation about the Book of Mormon, I found that going to daily seminary classes brought peace and direction in my life. Even though I made mistakes, I found that I had hope through repentance and through the message of salvation that was contained in the pages of the Book of Mormon.
As I’ve matured, so has my testimony in the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon has been daily influence in my life. Sometimes, the influence of the Book of Mormon is very obvious. I have been directed and impacted by specific words. For example, there was a moment, when I was a single mother, and I felt my world crashing around me. I had to go to court – concerning receiving child support. I was overwhelmed and frustrated, and I had little support. After meeting with the lawyer, where I even started crying out of frustration, I sat in my car…so overcome by the difficulty of the situation I was in. I didn’t understand how to get out of my predicament or why the government made it so hard for responsible parents to be responsible. (In other words, why was the government rewarding delinquent parents?!). I wasn’t going to be able to solve this problem, and I was frustrated because I didn’t know what to do next. I sat in my car, in the ‘hood, crying. I tried calling a friend, but she wasn’t home. I called another friend, but her line was busy. Then, something caught my eye that was sitting in the front seat: I had been working on a Book of Mormon Challenge project, and thought that, since I couldn’t get a hold of my friends, and since I was so worked up, I’d read a few pages and knock out the day’s reading assignment before going back to work. Within a few minutes, I read the following verse:
“…for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.” – 1 Nephi 21:25
Those words comforted me more completely and quickly than anything that a friend, family member, or lawyer could have said. I knew that the Lord knew my situation. I knew that he cared more for my children than I did, and I knew that he would not let them suffer unnecessarily. Even though my problems remained, I was filled with a sense of calm and peace. And, eventually, things have worked out better than I ever could have imagined.
Although the last example was a way when the Book of Mormon made a direct impact in my life, more often than not, I’m influenced by the Book of Mormon in a more subtle way. I can see that years of studying its words have helped me to understand the gospel. More importantly, by going to the Book of Mormon on a daily basis, I have been able to strengthen my relationship with my Savior.
I know that if you take the time to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it, genuinely, will find that it is true. And why is that a big deal? – You will find that the Book of Mormon becomes an open door to feel the love that Heavenly Father has for you.
So…if you are reading this post, and you have not read the Book of Mormon, go ahead, check it out for yourself, and open your heart for the love that God has for you.