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My favorite hobby is O gauge toy trains. I enjoy working on my own cars.
I read a servicemans copy of the Book of Mormon that was given to me by some friends. I wanted to know if the Book was the true word of God and as I read it I received a witness in my heart that it was.
I am now a Gospel Doctrine teacher in my ward and teach the adults each week about topics from the scriptures.
The introduction of the Book of Mormon begins claiming that "[it] 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." It continues on to add that "the book was written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation." Just as the Bible was written by many ancient prophets, namely Moses, Isaiah, John the Revelator, etc, the Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets such as Nephi, Alma, Ether, Mormon, Moroni etc. God has called men from the beginning of time to receive revelation and guide His children; we have evidence in the Bible of His dealings in Israel... but if we are truly all God's children and He loves each of us, why would he lead a portion of His people and leave another in darkness? He would not do it. He would become a partial God if He were to do so, and He has never, and will never, be a partial God. Just as He called these men to bring truth to the people of Israel, He also brought those same truths to another portion of His children through prophets in the ancient Americas. In John 10:16, Jesus gave evidence of another people under Him saying; "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." The people in ancient America fell among the sheep He spoke of, and the Book of Mormon came forth from them. Show more Show less
Just as the Bible is a record made by prophets of old, inspired by God to write and record truths, so was The Book of Mormon written by several prophets who lived in another part of the world and who were inspired by God to write and record truths. It was compiled by one of these prophets, Mormon, thus giving the book it's name. The books within The Book of Mormon are special, as they were preserved for our day to help us to learn and come unto Christ, a verification of the truths recorded in the Bible as well as a verification of the fruits of the prophet Joseph Smith who translated the record into English so that we may all come to know that Christ lives and has reestablished the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ for the blessing of all mankind. It truly demonstrates that "we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2 Nephi 25:26) Show more Show less
I went on a bicycle ride one day with a friend of another faith. He was a believing Christian but told me as we rode that he believed churches and organized religion are unnecessary and that the best way to find truth is to look everywhere. He bought into the notion that there are "many ways to the top of a mountain." I think there's truth in that view, too. I believe that God wants us to find truth everywhere we can get it. And yet something nagged at me about his view. As we hit the steeper part of our ride, I said, "I think that's a cop out." (We have a pretty comfortable relationship - we talk pretty bluntly with each other). "If there is a God, don't you think He'd have an opinion about what's right and what's wrong? And don't you think He would have a plan for His children? And finally, don't you think He'd want us to know the truth about that plan? If so, how can you believe He would not create some credible and organized way to help us figure out what is true?" Throughout history that way has been to reveal the truth through prophets. As my friend and I spoke he saw more clearly that there was no reasonable argument for why God would say, "2000 years ago prophets were a really good idea. But today I changed my mind." Joseph Smith did what prophets always do. He revealed new scripture that confirms all that we had before. He restored God's full Gospel. And he pointed us to Christ. I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. And now my friend does, too. Show more Show less