I love the Bible. What would anyone do without the Bible? It is the central point of doctrine of Jesus Christ–our Savior and Redeemer. The Old Testament was the scripture the world had before Christ came. It explained how to live and be happy according to God’s standards, and it testified of the Christ that would be coming. Then, once the people were ready for more, Christ did come, and He gave us the New Testament. With these two books of holy scripture, the world could rely on it’s testimony to feel the power of Christ in their lives. But before we go on, let me ask you these two questions:
1. Once He died…we’re supposed to think that’s it? Nothing else? What happened to the statement, “He is not dead, He is risen?” Well, if He’s risen, why would He stop communicating to us?
2. Why would Jesus Christ only visit His brothers and sisters at the place He just previously died? Didn’t Jesus Christ die for the sins of the whole world? What about the other followers of Christ that didn’t live in Jerusalem?
I guess those are techincally more than two questions–but you get the picture. Twice in the Bible, in 2 Corinthians 13:1 and in Matthew 18:16, it says, “in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.” If you’re familiar with Christianity, you know there’s a power to the number three. (See my previous post of the “power of three”: https://sistermonicahawkes.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/study-series-the-power-of-3/) So there’s a third witness to Jesus Christ? YES.
The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ is “a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the bible, the fulness of the everlasting gospel.” (Book of Mormon, Introduction) There was a prophet in the Americas named Mormon, who abridged many records from past prophets who escaped Jerusalem before it was destroyed. They wrote about the coming of Christ, and the return of Christ…complete with nail marks in His hands and feet. This is one more way of God saying to us, “You guys, He really does exist! Just trust me!” The Book of Mormon in no way can replace the Bible, but it adds to it, and answers questions that aren’t too clear about the doctrine of Christ. It’s the book that you see all of the young men holding in their white shirts and black tags. Our Heavenly Father wants to do anything He can to prove His love to us–if we just trust Him. That’s why He sent out missionaries, and that’s why it’s very important to read it, study it, and ask Him if it’s true or not for yourself.
I’ve got a simple invitation for you. Well it’s not really my invitation, it’s an invitation from your Father:
“We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of it’s truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. (See Moroni 10:3-5)” (Book of Mormon, Introduction)
So next time you see one of those guys in a white shirt and tie–ask them for a Book of Mormon. (If you don’t ever see them, go to lds.org and click on Scripture, and that will lead you to the Book of Mormon–all online.) No doubt they’ll have one in their backpack, because they are carrying the same message that changed their own lives. They love it so much, that they are in the act of doing everything they can to serve their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s why I’m out here serving my own mission in New York. It means that much to me, and I know it will bring you more comfort in your every day life, simply by knowing Who’s you are and where you belong. I have taken my Father’s challenge for myself, and I have come to know the truth of the power of the Book of Mormon. I can’t force it down your throat, but man…you’re sure missing out if you don’t just try it. It also wasn’t a coincidence that you read this post…so what do you have to lose? Oh wait–your life.