“The Book of Mormon has come forth by the gift and power of God. It speaks as a voice from the dust in testimony of the Son of God. It speaks of His birth, of His ministry, of His Crucifixion and Resurrection, and of His appearance to the righteous in the land Bountiful on the American continent… It is a tangible thing that can be handled, that can be read, that can be tested. It carries within its covers a promise of its divine origin. Millions now have put it to the test and found it to be a true and sacred record.” – President Gordon B. Hinckley
In the spring of 1820, Joseph Smith, Jun. knelt down in a grove of trees and prayed to God, pleading to know the truth. From that simple prayer has sprung so many miracles, including the restoration of Christ’s original ministry on the earth again, latter-day revelation, and the publishing of the truest book ever written: The Book of Mormon.
“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 10:4-5
I have always struggled with reading my scriptures, but when I prayed to know if The Book of Mormon was truly a divine record, my heart burned within me. Every time I read it, I feel peace and reassurance from the Holy Ghost. I believe that God has prepared this book for our time, that we might be able to prepare ourselves and the world for Christ’s return. The Book of Mormon is a second witness (with the Bible) of Jesus Christ and his divinity.
“Joseph Smith did more for the salvation of men in this world than anyone else who ever lived in it, with the sole exception of our Lord and Savior—our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God. Joseph was the instrument through whom the true Church and kingdom of God were again restored to earth. He brought forth the Book of Mormon, which he translated by the gift and power of God. He was the means of having it published in his own day on two continents. He sent the everlasting gospel, now restored, to the four quarters of the earth… The origin of this book was to be unusual for various reasons, but one was that it would involve both an unlearned man and a scholar. Joseph Smith was that unlearned man, at that time in his life. So remarkable would be the effect of the book’s publication that even the deaf would hear the words of the book, the blind would see, and the poor among men would rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” -Elder Mark E. Petersen
I believe that Joseph Smith is and was a prophet of God. I believe that he translated the Book of Mormon, that it wasn’t a fiction brought about by his own imagination. There is no way that an unlearned man with so little experience with the world could know so much about it. I believe God chose him to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ upon the earth, and that no unhallowed hand can stop this work from spreading across the world.
What is your favorite scripture in the Book of Mormon?