How to gain a testimony of the book of mormon
Increasing Faith through Studying the Book of Mormon by Walter ChatoraMay 4, Testimony 0 comments. I feel like I have just been going to the Mormon Church because I was born into it and have never really had to study and find out for myself if it is true. I know that they are just men and do make mistakes, but I feel a lack of trust in them. Please help me out with articles to help promote my faith and help me to gain a testimony. Your experience is very similar to my own. So perhaps I can make a suggestion or two that may deal with your concern. Concerning the conflicting stories about Joseph Smith and the early prophets, that fact that there are such conflicting stories about them is a significant evidence that the church they represent is just what it claims to be—the only true and living Church of Jesus Christ on the face of the earth.
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For investigators first seeking a testimony, for Church members desiring to strengthen or maintain their conviction, and for those attacked by doubts who are struggling to know again, our invitation is the same: Read the Book of Mormon. As long as I can remember, I have heard about the importance of reading the Book of Mormon in order to gain a testimony. During the years that Ezra Taft Benson was the president of the Church, there was no message more often repeated than that we should flood the earth with The Book of Mormon. This must have been instilled in me very well—and at an early age—because one year, deducing from his pipe smoking that he was not a member of the Church, my brother and I left Santa Claus a Book of Mormon along with the traditional cookies and milk! It was not until I served as a missionary that I really began to understand why reading the Book of Mormon is so important to our testimonies. Being the keystone of our religion means that the Book of Mormon is central to our testimony of all other gospel truths and that gaining a testimony of it will secure our testimony of all the rest of the doctrines of the Church. If it can be discredited, the Prophet Joseph Smith goes with it.
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Maybe you were just recently introduced to the Church. In any case, everyone needs to constantly nourish and help his or her testimony to grow. So what are you supposed to do? Here are some things to consider. More often, though, we receive revelation and spiritual knowledge only a little bit at a time. Most frequently, revelation comes in small increments over time and is granted according to our desire, worthiness, and preparation.
We live in extremely trying and challenging moments in this, The Dispensation of the Fullness of Times. We all yearn for hope, peace, love and the knowledge that our Heavenly Father is ever present to assist us over the hurdles we encounter on our earthly sojourn. There are temptations of every kind—so many dissenting voices--which can test our faith and make us lose our way. On the introductory page of the Book of Mormon it is affirmed that the Book of Mormon tells us what to do to gain peace in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come. We, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, are truly blessed to have the most correct book on earth—this prized possession--which can transform our lives and change the face of the earth. What more do we need?
My brothers and sisters, I pray for the inspiration and strength and Spirit of the Lord during the few minutes that I am before you this afternoon. In a recent area general conference held in Mexico, President Harold B. Lee made this statement:. No matter what position a person holds in this church, there is one thing to which he is entitled, and that is a testimony of its truthfulness. It is not enough to enter into a scholarly discourse on the merits of this declaration or to accept or reject these claims with a wave of the hand. True strength, true peace of mind, true purpose in life comes when the individual, aside from what others may know, puts himself in a position so that the Lord can reveal to him the absolute truth of these things. It is an experience that defies description, at least to one who has not yet paid the price to receive it.