We did it! After this post we have read the entire Book of Mormon together! Thank you so much for spending your time with me and learning more about my church and beliefs. I hope you will pray about what you have read over these past 4 months and ask our Father in Heaven to know for yourself if these things are true. I promise that you will receive your very own answer if you ask with real intent and an honest and pure heart.
I am in Utah right now visiting my family (both my husband's side and my side, too). Oh, how I love this place! This is the view from the room I am in right now. I woke up early this morning right before the sunrise and the temple was so beautiful!
Yesterday we drove up to Heber Canyon with my husband's side of the family where we had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving dinner! His parents returned home from their 2 year mission in San Diego, California and this was such a great time to spend as a family. While we were up in the beautiful canyon and snow I decided to go ahead and do our yearly family pictures. I think they turned out super cute!
(Had to add the mushy one, too! LOL!)
Today we are reading in chapters 8-10 of Moroni. These chapters have special meaning to me today. When I was learning more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from the missionaries, they asked me one day to read in Moroni 10:3-5 and then get down on my knees and pray to know if it was true. I did just that and felt a special warm feeling in my heart that what I was reading was, indeed, true. I was baptized into the church within 2 weeks after that and my life has not been the same since. I am so thankful to have the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life! I know that I have come a long way from the person who I used to be and I also know that I have a long way to go to be the person God wants me to become. I can do it!! I just need to hang in there and press forward. Do you know what?? He also wants you to become the person He has planned for you to become!
In Chapter 8 Moroni is sharing an epistle from his father Mormon. I was touched by the following verse that was written for Moroni. It shows of a father's love for his child.
"I am mindful of you always in my prayers, continually praying unto God the Father in the name of his Holy Child, Jesus, that he, through his infinite goodness and grace, will keep you through the endurance of faith on his name to the end."
I especially loved this verse because we are asked to "liken the scriptures" unto ourselves. I know that every day when I pray I am also asking my Father in Heaven to watch over and protect my little children. To help them to be safe, to help them to make good choices, and that they know how much I love them. I found the following video on Youtube of some teenage boys who are singing to their mothers. It really touched my heart so I wanted to share it with you.
In Chapter 8 of Moroni it also teaches us about baptism of little children. We believe that a little child is innocent and has no need for baptism until they reach the age of accountability which is 8 years old.
"Listen to the words of Christ, your Redeemer, your Lord and your God. Behold, I came into the world not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance; the whole need no physician, but they that are sick; wherefore, little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin; wherefore the curse of Adam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them…"
"Behold I say unto you that this thing shall ye teach -- repentance and baptism unto those who are accountable and capable of committing sin; yea, teach parents that they must repent and be baptized, and humble themselves as their little children, and they shall all be saved with their little children.
"And their little children need no repentance, neither baptism. Behold, baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling the commandments unto the remission of sins.
"But little children are alive in Christ, even from the foundation of the world; if not so, God is a partial God, and also a changeable God, and a respecter to persons; for how many little children have died without baptism!"
Here is a great talk given by one of our Apostles, Boyd K. Packer.
This talk reminded me of how precious my little children are. Here is a picture of my two daughters who are now 13 & 15. They have always made me smile. I am grateful that our Heavenly Father trusted me to raise these sweet spirits on this earth. Although it is a challenge sometimes, I know that I receive great blessings from my children every day.
"Wo be unto them that shall pervert the ways of the Lord after this manner, for they shall perish except they repent. Behold, I speak with boldness, having authority from God; and I fear not what man can do; for perfect love casteth out all fear.
"And I am filled with charity, which is everlasting love; wherefore, all children are alike unto me; wherefore, I love little children with a perfect love; and they are all alike and partakers of salvation.
"For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity."
Okay, now let us move on to Chapter 9 in Moroni. Mormon is giving another epistle to his son Moroni and telling how bad the conditions are with the Nephites. There was one verse that really stuck out to me.
"And now, my beloved son, notwithstanding their hardness, let us labor diligently; for if we should cease to labor, we should be brought under the same condemnation; for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God."
This verse really made me think. Am I laboring diligently with the truths I have been taught? Are other people's reactions affecting how I share the Lord's message? Am I standing faithful in all situations no matter what my friends are doing?
I am touched by the last words of Mormon to his son Moroni.
"My son, be faithful in Christ; and may not the things which I have written grieve thee, to weigh thee down unto death; but may Christ lift thee up, and may his sufferings and death, and the showing his body unto our fathers, and his mercy and long-suffering, and the hope of his glory and of eternal life, rest in your mind forever.
"And may the grace of God the Father, whose throne is high in the heavens, and our Lord Jesus Christ, who sitteth on the right hand of his power, until all things shall become subject unto him, be, and abide with you forever. Amen."
I found the following on lds.org…
Now we are moving on to the chapter in the Book of Mormon that changed my life forever! I promise you that if you read this chapter, ponder it's words, and then kneel and pray to know for yourself if it is true, the Lord will answer you. I know that this is true! Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers and will grant you the desire of your heart.
These next 3 verses are all I had read from the Book of Mormon before I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They are truly special verses to me. You can learn more about my church by clicking HERE.
"Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
"And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
"And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."
I know that being baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has not only changed my life but brought me enormous blessings. I am so thankful to have a family that I know that if I endure, and press forward, repenting of my sins, and always trying my best to cling to the rod of iron…. I will be with them FOREVER along with Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father. These blessings can be yours, too. Heavenly Father invites all to come unto Jesus Christ and be "born again" through Faith, Repentance, and Baptism by those having the proper authority. You can learn more about it HERE.
I was looking through my pictures this morning and wanted to share some of them with you. When I was 21 years old looking into my future, I would have never imagined having a family who I could love and who would love me in return.
Here are some of my other favorite verses from Moroni 10 (but I really love them all!)
"Wherefore, there must be faith; and if there must be faith there must also be hope; and if there must be hope there must also be charity.
"And except ye have charity ye can in nowise be saved in the kingdom of God; neither can ye be saved in the kingdom of God if ye have not faith; neither can ye if ye have no hope.
"And if ye have no hope ye must needs be in despair; and despair cometh because of iniquity.
"And Christ truly said unto our fathers: If ye have faith ye can do all things which are expedient unto me."
Moroni 10:32-34 (Moroni's final words)
"Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.
"And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.
"And now I bid unto all, farewell. I soon go to rest in the paradise of God, until my spirit and body shall again reunite, and I am brought forth triumphant through the air, to meet you before the pleasing bar of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge of both quick and dead. Amen."
It looks like it is time for me to close my last post on our Book of Mormon reading! I want to thank you all for reading with me. I know that I have grown spiritually by having done this with you.
I want to close by bearing you all my testimony of the Book of Mormon. I know, without a doubt, that this is the word of the Lord and it was brought forth and translated by the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that when I read from its pages, I feel closer to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know that I am not perfect and have a long way to go but through the Atonement of my Savior, Jesus Christ, I can be made perfect! I know that if I press forward, feasting upon these words, repent, and endure to the end that I can live with my Heavenly Father and Savior again along with my family. I have seen miracles in my life and in the lives of others through the fullness of the gospel. I know that the Lord loves me and that I am HIS daughter! He knows me personally and wants me to succeed in my life. He wants YOU to succeed, too, and make it back to him. You are also his sons and daughters. I know that we came to this earth to learn to be like Him and that this journey is tough but we can do it if we rely upon Him! I also want you to know that you all are loved. Whenever you feel down or unloved I want you to imagine that you feel the Savior's arms wrapped around you. When I am praying for you all, I pray that you can feel His love. I want you all to know that! I also know that we have a living prophet on the earth today who received revelation from Heavenly Father for us! His name is Thomas S. Monson. I know that by living the gospel we can become who He intends us to be. I love you all and am so thankful for this wonderful journey we get to spend together. I hope you continue to pray and find your own answers. I know that He will answer you. I say these things in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Here are all the links you might need….
To request your own copy of the Book of Mormon from me click HERE!
To read the Book of Mormon online click HERE!
To have the missionaries come and teach you about the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, click HERE.
To attend one of our church meetings in your area click HERE.
To start at the beginning click HERE!
Big hugs to all of you!