My dear friends, do you know what yesterday was? MARCH 26th!
This day changed the world forever! Why? Well, I’ll tell you one thing, it’s not because the 1st lip-reading tournament was held in America that day in 1926, so don’t even go there. It’s not even because the greatest dad in the whole wide world was born this day (even though that alone changed my world forever and I am eternally grateful for it! Happy birthday, Dad!)
The reason is this: on this glorious day THE BOOK OF MORMON WAS FIRST PUBLISHED in Palmyra, New York 1830! HAPPINESS! Not only do I get to serve at the Grandin Building visitors’ center where it was first printed and made available to the world, but I get to tell people every day on my mission why this book has changed my life forever:
What is the Book of Mormon?
“The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains the fulness of the everlasting gospel.” (Introduction to the Book of Mormon)
Why is it important?
- “It puts forth the doctrines of the gospel, outlines the plan of salvation, and tells men what they must do to gain peace in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come” (see introduction). Peace? Salvation? Guidance? Sounds pretty great to me so far!
- It brings us closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith, the prophet who translated this record by the gift and power of God Himself, testified that it is “the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.” Anyone who wants to get nearer to God, whether they have strong faith already or no faith at all, will come nearer to Him by reading and praying about this book of scripture.
- It brings us the record of Christ visiting His people in the Americas, just like He told His apostles in the Bible! (See John 10:16 then 3 Nephi 15:21). “The Book of Mormon makes it clear that Jesus Christ’s message and His atonement are not for one group of people at one time. They are for everyone, everywhere, from the beginning of the earth to the end. Having the Book of Mormon as another testament of Jesus Christ reminds us that He is mindful of every one of us.” (http://www.mormon.org/beliefs/book-of-mormon)
- It is the convincing evidence that Jesus Christ leads and guides a church today–that He has restored the church He organized when He was on the earth nearly 2,000 years ago. Think about it…if God Himself had a church that He was leading, wouldn’t you want to be a part of it? I WOULD! (http://www.mormon.org/beliefs/restoration)
Does the Book of Mormon replace the Bible?
Absolutely not! In fact, the opposite is true. It supports and sustains what the Bible says, gives it more validity, and clarifies concepts that may be difficult to understand. It actually tells us to read the Bible and affirms that its message is true! (Mormon 7:8-10). Just like two eye-witnesses strengthen an argument in court, the Book of Mormon and the Bible both testify of Christ, His divinity as the Son of God, and the truthfulness of His Gospel.
How can I know that the Book of Mormon really is the word of God?
Let’s get one thing straight: This book is either completely true or it is completely not. So how can we know it? Easy. 1) Honest study. 2) Humble prayer.
I promise you, my friends, that your loving Father in Heaven wants you to become familiar with this book. He is aware of you, and He wants to fill your mind with light, happiness, truth, love, and the fullness of His everlasting Gospel. Give it a chance! Honestly study it, apply its principles to your lives, and pray with a sincere heart to know whether or not it is of Him. I know that the Holy Ghost will answer you through feelings of peace and assurance, because He has answered me in my own plea for answers. This book has changed my life forever for the better, and it can change yours.
If it is not true, what will you have lost? A handful of days reading a book?
But if it is…what will you have gained?
A sure knowledge and testimony of our Lord Jesus Christ and of His kingdom established once again on the earth. It is this testimony alone that leads us to ETERNAL LIFE.
Give it a chance! And if you don’t have one, get one here for free. 🙂