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Four Steps to Know the TRUTH About The Book of Mormon
What Is The Book of Mormon?
The Book of Mormon is a library of scriptural writings and histories of ancient people who lived somewhere on the American Continents, North and South. There is controversy over the location of where the events occurred written in the book, but there is one unquestionable attribute about The Book of Mormon: It witnesses of the resurrection and divinity of Jesus Christ.
This book testifies that the Bible record is authentic--being a second witness of the divinity of Christ and verifying ancient stories and prophets mentioned in the Holy Bible. The stick of Judah, or the Holy Bible, and the stick of Ephraim or, The Book of Mormon, are records written worlds apart but testify of one Lord, even Jesus Christ!
It was written by ancient prophets and translated into modern English by Joseph Smith.
Why Should I Care About This Book?
Knowing that The Book of Mormon is the word of God will help you develop a greater appreciation of Jesus Christ if you are a Christian and a perfect introduction to Him if you are searching—it has for me.
You may have come across this book or heard of it from friends or neighbors. There are varying opinions of the origins of the book and its authenticity. In this article, I will give you four ways you can know The Book of Mormon is truly an ancient record of a people who lived on the American continents and that it testifies that Jesus is the Christ.
Step One: Read
The Book of Mormon claims to be another testament of Jesus Christ. As an additional witness of His divinity, the book is important to read just because of its claim.
The history of the book begins with a Jewish family of believers who the Lord warns to flee the city of Jerusalem before it is destroyed; and its citizens are carried away captive into Babylon, around 600 BC. The trials and struggles of this family are acute, but the knowledge of God's goodness for sparing them from captivity urged them forward in faith. One of the travelers, Nephi, chronicles their journey across the sea and to the Americas. This chronicle eventually becomes a large record from which the Book of Mormon is an abridgment.
Mormon, the historian who abridges the record, takes the most significant portions and places them in the book he names after himself. He and his son Moroni finish the record with an exhortation to its readers found in the last chapter of the last book.
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. Moroni 10:3
Moroni, in the tenth chapter of the book which bears his name, practically begs us to read The Book of Mormon. He exhorts us to remember the mercies of God on all of mankind since the beginning. The more we understand about Gods plan for us, the more we understand the trials that we experience.
God wants us to trust Him as He reveals more of His word to us. He has given a litmus test for all knowledge. First, however, we must obtain information so that God can have something to work with--bringing things to our memory (John 14:26). We must read to know anything or have it read to us.
Step Two: Ponder
After ingesting so much information, it is time to digest it. Let the nutrients absorb into your system. You ponder, or think deeply about the things you have read.
What an extraordinary claim to say that a book of American origin testifies of Jesus Christ! These people were, separated by the great oceans and isolated from the Christians in Jerusalem; yet, the book claims to be the work of Christians! It is not just the work of any Christians, but people who lived hundreds of years before Christ's birth, while living the Law of Moses, sacrificed unto God as a similitude of the sacrifice the Savior would experience to pay the wages of sin, death!
Moroni pleads with us to ponder these things in our hearts. Listen to the promptings sent by the Spirit of God as we read, usually described as intense peaceful feelings, associated with reading the record and consider the possibility of its truthfulness. Paul describes these promptings in his letter to the Galatians that "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, [and] temperance," Galatians 5:22-23.
Consider how we obtained scripture at all in light of the history of the persecution towards Christianity since its early days in Jerusalem after the death of Christ and beyond! The Bible itself is a miracle! Now there is another record to corroborate its veracity!
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I felt the truth of it and believed it with my whole heart. That was not enough for these servants of Jesus Christ; so, it would not be enough for me.
Step Three: Pray
Approach the Lord after you have thought about the things that you have read. Pray. It is simple.
God speaks to men and women through a still small voice. He expects us to pray to Him so that He can give us all the information we are willing to receive.
When we approach God in earnest prayer, we must be willing to be humble before Him--knowing our worship of Him is not to support vanity, but to prepare our minds and hearts for communication from the Master of the Universe.
As a budding Christian, I prayed to the Lord to know if He was really there. I had never asked God for anything because I did not know how to pray. Missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to my home and taught me how to pray directly to God, and when I was alone, I did pray.
Our Heavenly Father-- I addressed Him
I thank Thee -- I showed gratitude
I ask Thee -- I gave Him my question
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen. -- I ended in the Saviors name.
With this pattern, I received an answer!
Step Four: Wait for the Answer
Waiting for an answer is the step that we tend to forget to complete. The Lord has promised us through Moroni, that by the power of the Holy Ghost, we may know the truth of all things!
God will speak to us if we truly listen after and during prayer. It matters the words that we speak and how we approach the Lord. The Lord will answer the righteous longings of our hearts when we pray and wait for it.
We will gain a feeling of pure knowledge, love, charity assurance--all the gifts of the Spirit are at the Lords disposal to answer our prayers. It may just be a still small voice we hear confirming our prayer about the Book of Mormon or anything for that matter.
As sacred as it is, I asked God if He was there and if He loved me. I KNOW that God lives, for He spoke to my heart and my mind that He was there and the warmth of the Spirit clothed me with love. I needed that assurance. I cried and asked Him about the missionaries who taught me how to pray. I was urged to continue listening to them.
My answer came immediately about God being real. The answer about the missionaries’ truth was not as commanding; but later as I learned more, the Holy Spirit did give me assurance that God has established His Kingdom again on the Earth as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Read the book. Think deeply about it. Ask God if it is truly a record. Wait for Him to tell you.
© 2012 Rodric Johnson