This last Tuesday, January 25th, I finished reading the Book of Mormon again, for the 23rd time! Every time I read this book, I learn more and more about its authenticity.
The thing that really stuck for me this time was in the Book of Ether, where it lists the ancestors of Ether. In the chapter of Ether, all of those ancestors are mentioned, and how they eventually saw the downfall of the Jaredite civilization. This book is so perfect, it is incredible!
The Book of Mormon is 531 pages long. Also, before I start reading the actual Book of Mormon, I read the Joseph Smith History, the Title Page, the Introduction, the Testimony of Witnesses, and the Brief Explanation of the Book of Mormon, which adds another 19 pages to the task. (I know that others must have read this book more than I have. I’m not perfect so I have to start reading it again.)
Each time I read this sacred book of scripture, I appreciate more and more that it is inspired by God. The lessons taught help one to understand who we are, and what we can do in this life, if we are true and faithful.
I humbly invite all to join me in reading the Book of Mormon, and in spreading the good news that God lives, He loves us, and He wants us to live in His presence, by obeying His commandments so that we can have His Spirit to be with us always. Please, feel comfortable making comments on this blog, but please keep the discussion edifying. I welcome questions too.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to read the Book of Mormon, and especially at this time to read the Joseph Smith History. Tonight, I read how the angel Moroni visited Joseph Smith, and told him about the golden plates. What a wonderful experience that must have been.
I myself am afraid of ghosts, and for Joseph Smith to be able to see angels, that must have been very scary for him, at first. But then, he must have realized who he was seeing. Just think of when he first saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and how alarming that must have been! But then, he got his composure.
When Joseph Smith was visited by God, he was 14 years old. When he was visited by Moroni, he was 17. He came from a family who read the scriptures, but they didn’t formally belong to church until just before the visitations occurred. They were supportive. They didn’t think that he was ‘off his rocker’. They trusted him. He was a good boy, and they knew it.
During Moroni’s visit, he cited biblical scripture, and quoted scriptures in the Bible, in the Old and in the New Testament. These scriptures are amazing, because they explain what we need to look forward to, as we prepare for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. He also explained that we should keep the faith. I find these scriptures very motivating for me to remain faithful, and I pray that I will.