Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Power of the Book of Mormon

In the Book of Mormon is the Power one needs to come to know the true nature of our Heavenly Father and of His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.  A person can also come to know for themselves, independent of anyone or anything else in this world, that the Book of Mormon is sacred scripture along with the Bible.  As such, it contains God's word and will and His gospel.  You can also know that Joseph Smith was the man whom God called and gave power to translate the Book of Mormon and establish Christ's original church again on the Earth.

With these witnesses you can gain the strength you need to overcome any obstacle that you are faced with in your life.  If you will study daily this divine Book of books and abide by the principles that it teaches, you will have the aid of the Spirit in your life.  You can overcome all things through Christ.

It may sound like a simple answer to what seem like insurmountable problems, but it is a true answer.  I have felt the Spirit and Power of the Book of Mormon in my own life.  I have also felt the absence of the Spirit when I have neglected my study of the Scriptures.

We also have the promise of modern prophets concerning the power that comes from studying the Book of Mormon:

The moment you begin a serious study of the Book of Mormon, you will find greater power to resist temptation.  You will find the power to avoid deception.  You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path.  When you begin to hunger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater abundance."
     -Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, Nov 1986, "The Book of Mormon--Keystone of Our Religion"

I offer a challenge to members of the Church throughout the world and to our friends everywhere to read or reread the Book of Mormon.... Very near the end of its 239 chapters, you will find a challenge issued by the prophet Moroni as he completed his record nearly 16 centuries ago. Said he:
   “And I exhort you to remember these things; for the time speedily cometh that ye shall know that I lie not, for ye shall see me at the bar of God; and the Lord God will say unto you: Did I not declare my words unto you, which were written by this man, like as one crying from the dead, yea, even as one speaking out of the dust? …
   “And God shall show unto you, that that which I have written is true” (Moro. 10:27, 29).
   Without reservation I promise you that if each of you will observe this simple program, regardless of how many times you previously may have read the Book of Mormon, there will come into your lives and into your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God.
     -President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, August 2005, "A Testimony Vibrant and True"