Today, I walked with a friend during lunch. Last night, I had prepared to deliver a copy of the Book of Mormon for another new friend. I printed this out and pasted it on the first blank page of the Book for Mormon:
“Prepared on 1/2/2012:
Like I told you before, the Book of Mormon is my favorite book. I have read it 24 times, and I still read a chapter from it every day. This book was miraculously translated by the power of God from golden plates which were delivered by an angel of God, named Moroni. This book tells the story of how ancestors of some Native Americans arrived in the Americas, and that they were visited by Jesus Christ after His resurrection, who taught them basically the same principles which He taught His disciples in Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon testifies that Jesus is the Christ, the Redeemer of the World, and that by following His commandments, we will be happy, because then we will feel the power of His everlasting love for us. I know that one can find out that this book is true by reading it, and then praying to God whether it is true. Then, the power of the Holy Ghost will demonstrate that this book is true, and that it is a gift from God. I hope that you enjoy reading this book as much as I have, and in case you have any questions about what you are reading, I am available to answer them.
Well, my new friend was not at his post today; but I did have the opportunity to share what I wrote with my walking friend. We talked at considerable length about the virtues of religion. It was a very productive conversation.
As I was reading about the martyrdom of Abinadi in Mosiah 17, I think of those other martyrs, who died confessing the truth. Just like I wrote on March 23, 2011, in ‘An Opportunity To Explain Isaiah To A Friend’:
“During the Salem Witch Trials, those who remained true to their faith are some of my heroes. During this time, those who were accused to be witches either had to confess or they were tested to determine if they were witches. If they confessed then their possessions were taken away from them and given to the judge. If they did not confess, they were tested. They were drowned or crushed to death. This was how they were tested. If they lived through these tests, they were witches. My heroes were those who did not confess, but died confessing the truth: that they were not witches. Those people strengthen my resolve to have integrity in the face of intense adversity.”
I honor those who have stayed true to themselves, and to their beliefs, including my Savior, Jesus Christ, who died for me on the cross. The Sacrificial Lamb.
This is what I previously wrote after reading Mosiah 17: The Qualifications To Serve God