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How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?

  • The Book of Mormon has been my constant shield to the temptations of the world. It also brought strength in me as I face the day-to-day challenges. Reading and pondering them made me understand my purpose here on earth and my eternal potentials. The words of the ancient prophets has enlightened my spirit as if they were directly talking to me. The different stories told made me learn more about life, the gospel and the precious truths. Through the Book of Mormon, I was able to know more about Jesus Christ and His atonement. I was able to understand deeply why He came here on earth for you and me. I have come to realize my own nothingness and should always ask for His help. Show more

  • As I stated before, I have always been a member of the LDS Church. Therefore, I have always believed that I have had a testimony of the Book of Mormon. I recently discovered that while I have always had a testimony of the book itself, I had not yet found out for myself that its teachings are completely true. My Book of Mormon class that I took my first term in college was an eye opener for me. It was then that I came to a perfect understanding of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I now know for a fact that it is true. I know that the people in it are real, and that they are my brothers and sisters. I know of the sacrifices many people made so I could have these scriptures in my hand to use in my everyday life and to learn from. The knowledge of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon has brought me so much closer to God, especially in the past couple of months. I have gained a hunger for the Book of Mormon that I have never had before in my life. I go to it whenever I feel sad or lonely. I have a desire to learn of its teachings whenever I am not in my happiest states. I know our Heavenly Father will speak to us through the scriptures if we put in the time to read them. Show more

  • More evidence, different evidence, leads me to newer conclusions. I already loved Jesus Christ from studying the Bible. The Book of Mormon gives me an even greater understanding of Jesus Christ and God the Father. Imagine a child's piano with 24 keys. It is fun and enjoyable and if asked what is wrong with that, we'd say nothing at all. However, when you discover the world of 88 keys! Wow! you don't throw away the 24 keys you knew, you embrace the 88 keys even more! Suddenly the grand concerto lifts you, and motivates you like you never thought possible before. The Book of Mormon is simply more evidence that Jesus Christ is God's Son. That Jesus has a Father and the Holy Spirit is the way this knowledge is transmitted. The Book of Mormon teaches of more true principles that don't contradict what I learned in the Bible. God brings me closer to him by reaching out in ways like providing stories of him captured in the scriptures. He teaches me to live the principles found therein to see if they really work. Each time I obey, I learn, I change, I believe, I know! That is why I love the Book of Mormon and the Bible. Show more

  • When I was about 16 my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, after a few months she told me that it was terminal, we weren't sure how much longer she had left, I was devistated. I have always been very close with my mom, and I didnt want to even think about what life would be like without her. I started searching through the Book of Mormon and instantly found words of comfort and as time went on I kept reading and reading and pondering its pages. a couple months later my mom passed away, although it was difficult, and I spent a lot of time crying, I found that as I read from the Book of Mormon I felt better. I Kept on reading the Book of Mormon, as I read every day, I found that my heart was healed. Now 3 years later I look back and see how simply making reading the Book of Mormon every day a priority, and applying the things that I learned, helped me not only to realize that I have a Heavenly father (God) who loves me, but I had grown to know that this life is not the end, that I will see my mom again. I know that sometimes we may feel that God is far away, but I know now more than ever that God is very near, He loves each of us so much. I know that anyone who reads from and applies the Book of Mormon in their life will be able to draw nearer to God just like I did. Show more

  • The Book of Mormon brings me closer to God because it points to Christ and reminds me to trust Him. Because of this, the Book of Mormon has changed my life multiple times. It was through reading the book that I have received the knowledge and motivation to make several changes in my life that have led me to where I am now. Many of my prayers and questions have been answered by reading the book: things I needed to change, how to overcome obstacles, how to deal with adverse circumstances, and many others. Every page of the book is a testimony of Jesus Christ and His role as our Savior. It clearly and directly reminds me of God's love, my potential as His daughter, and the importance of trusting the Savior. It is also a reminder to me that God loves ALL His children, regardless of where they live or the age they live in. Show more

  • The Book of Mormon has brought me closer to God by helping me know His will for me. The Book of Mormon is so transparent on what we need to do to go home one day. It tells us exactly what to do, have faith, repent, be baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. By following these simple steps we can become closer to the potential God sees in us.The Book of Mormon has brought me so much joy and peace. It has given me answers and a sense of belonging. A sense that I really am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me. Show more

  • Recently, I bought the replica of the original 1830 print of the Book of Mormon. It has been a great way to read the book again. I love the way that the leaders in the book help their people. For example, King Benjamin really cared about his people, and set a good example for them. I've been reading the Book of Mormon with such enthusiasm each day. It brings me closer to God because I have to prayfully ask Him if it's true. As good feelings come to me as I read, I know that it is a true account of the people of ancient America. The Book of Mormon played a huge role in my conversion. When I first discovered the joys of reading it, I had a great desire to be baptized. I knew that it was true, and therefore knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true Church of Jesus Christ once again upon the earth (see the Introduction to the Book of Mormon). As I continue to read and discover truths from it, my relationship to God is strengthened. One morning, I prayed to know that the words of the book were true, and then read, "And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these wrods, for they are the words of Christ" (2 Nephi 33:10). This verse struck a chord in my soul, and I knew for a surety that the words were true. The Book of Mormon is a powerful testimony of Jesus Christ. The stories are wonderful, and inspiring. I read it out of curiousity, and to show Heavenly Father my love for Him and His Gospel. I was looking for the truth and power of the Gospel, and found it in the Book of Mormon. Show more

  • The gospel provides something in my life that is steady and never changes. It is something that I can turn to whenever I am down. The Book of Mormon is something that makes me feel so good inside and really testifies of Christ. I was never the best at reading the scriptures regularly, but I noticed the difference it made each day. I had an experience where I was just having a bad day and anything that anyone said made me grumpy. I had a feeling to read the Book of Mormon and immediately I was happy and my attitude changed for the rest of the day. From then on I promised myself that I would read the scriptures daily and it made a huge difference. But, reading the scriptures has especially helped me through my trials. One of my favorite scriptures is Alma 26:12- "Yea, I know that I am nothing, as to my strength I am weak, therefore I will not boast of myself but I will boast of my God for in his strength I can do ALL things." This scripture brings me so much comfort. I know that we all have days when we feel like giving up but this makes me realize that there is nothing I can't handle, I just need to get on my knees and pray for help. The feeling I get when I read the Book of Mormon is overwhelming and there is no way I can deny it. I love this church and I love the Book of Mormon. Life is great when I read the scriptures daily. Just like President Benson said, “Yesterday’s meal is not enough to sustain today’s need.” I need the strength and nourishment that the Book of Mormon brings me daily. I need to rely on the Book and not take it for granted. It really does draw you closer to Christ and I want that in my life. God is in the details of our lives and I know that he is always there for me. Nothing in life can make me happier. Show more

  • The scriptures have always come "alive" for me. As a Catholic School student attending mass; stories from the bible touched me deeply. Upon learning of a second witness of Jesus Christ (The Bible being the first) I wanted to be absolutely certain that this new book (The Book of Mormon) was in fact the word of God. Simplistic though it might sound, I would rely on the promise made in Moroni 10:4-5 which tells us, "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exort 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." Truth is recognized by the spirit, I had an all-encompassing.desire to know if the book was true and the faith to ask of God, which I did. The answer came more clearly than I could ever have expected. My first reading of the Book of Mormon would soon follow, dispelling a long-held fear of that God to whom I now eagerly prayed. As a child attending Catholic school I had been taught to pray to the saints and Mary, who would interceed for me. Now I was being instructed to direct my prayers to the God of Heaven and Earth! Forty years later I can state with absolute certainty that God lives, hears and answers prayer and loves us beyond measure! No longer do I fear the Father of my spirit but love and honor Him by striving to obey His laws. Show more

  • I've always believed the Book of Mormon to be a real record of the ancient American peoples. The moment my faith motivated my action was in a religion class. I needed to pick three passages from the Book of Mormon and live them to the best of my ability for one week each. Each week I saw miracles, but I will share journal entry from the third week. In Mosiah 21:14 it says to cry to the Lord for help. I decided I needed to start saying my prayers out loud. The prospect of doing that scared me quite a bit, but I felt like it was the right thing to do. I decided to try it for only my nightly prayers at first, and throughout the week I began saying them out loud in the morning. It was tricky to pray out loud because I shared a room. However, I found silly ways to pray out loud. Sometimes I prayed in the bathroom closet. On many occasions, I would move around to make my whispers blend in with my blankets. My efforts probably not only pleased God, but also made Him laugh a little bit on high. The initial results of this experiment were not easily seen other than the fact that I could sleep with a clear conscience. However, upon reflection I realized saying my prayers out loud was helping me in an unexpected way. When I was attending high school, I was usually the main contributor to class discussions. In the new college atmosphere, I had a hard time finding the courage to voice my opinions. However, I began vocally participating in each of my classes as soon as I began vocally participating in my prayers. A couple weeks later my little brother was diagnosed with spinal meningitis, and his life was dangling from a thread. Because I had already become comfortable with praying out loud, in my very hour of need, I was able to access the extra power straight from God. I was able to receive comfort and a stronger testimony of the love of Christ. I know God loves me, and I continue to feel that love as I apply what I learn in the Book of Mormon into my life. Show more

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