The words of the Book of Mormon testify of Jesus Christ and Lord, Savior, and Redeemer, and they are true. It was written and preserved for our day through the divine revelation of God our Heavenly Father, to be a companion to the scripture of the Holy Bible, to build a full and complete picture of Christ’s Gospel.
It is a beacon of light and hope, with histories written to provide guidance and examples to follow. I have read the Book of Mormon several times in my lifetime, and each time I am struck by the comfort and guidance I have from the words of the ancient prophets in the American continents. In times of darkness, I have found my way again. In times of light, I have received assurance that this is true, that we can be redeemed through Christ, and can go on to live with our families in the eternity beyond this mortal life.
The message of the Book of Mormon is simple: Come unto Christ.
Coming unto Christ means following Christ’s example of love for our fellowman, of charity, of seeking to do and be good.
I leave this testimony with two scriptures.
First, is the scripture which led Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, to eventually become a modern day prophet and translate the original text of the Book of Mormon from its ancient language.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberrally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5, New Testament, King James Bible)
Second, is the scripture written by the prophet Moroni at the end of the 1,000 year history the Book of Mormon covers (600 B.C. to 400 A.D.)
“Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
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.
“And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” (Moroni 10:3-5, Book of Mormon).
The Book of Mormon has brought great joy into my own life. I recommend reading it for yourself with careful prayer, and ask for yourself if it is the word of God or not. Only by reading it for yourself can you know if it is true.
If you have any other questions, or would like a free copy of the Book of Mormon, check out mormon.org.
– Laura Palmer
(Natalie’s older sister)
See also the 8th Article of Faith: We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.