Alright so I'd like to start with a story that happened to me this last week! As missionaries, we talk to everyone about what we teach. We contact random people on the street, we knock on doors, we talk to the taxi drivers every time we talk a taxi, the person sitting next to us on the bus, everyone! This last week we contacted a man who was sitting in a park and we told him who we were and what church we're from. He told us he belongs to a different religion, and that he doesn't believe in anything we believe in, and that he doesn't believe in the Book of Mormon. We got on the subject of God and Jesus Christ and who they are and their love for us. We found common ground! He also believes what we believe about God and Jesus Christ.
We started to explain the Bible. The Bible was written by prophets, or men that communicate with God, a very very very long time ago in the old continent of Jerusalem. We know that prophets are special witnesses of Christ, they communicate with God to recieve revelation about what God wants his people to do. Basically, prophets are the connection between God and us. God talks to the prophet, and the prophet talks to us. God communicates with prophets because He loves us so that we understand His will. So, if God loves ALL of his children. Wouldn't it make sense that He communicates with his children in all parts of the world? During the time that the Bible was being written there were also inhabitants in the Americas. What happened with them? Technology obviously was not as advanced as it is now so how could these people that lived in the old American continent know what was happening in Jerusalem? Wouldn't it make sense that God spoke to man in the Americas too?
The man that we were talking to agreed, it makes sense that God would be in communication with his children in the Americas at this time.
So if I told you all, that there is ANOTHER book of scripture, ANOTHER testament of Jesus Christ that was written by prophets at the same time as the bible, but in the old american continent, would you believe me?
Well, it's my testimony that God loves ALL of His children. That He wanted all of His children to know of the first coming of His beloved son, Jesus Christ, including the ancient inhabitants of America. The book that I speak of exists and it's called The Book of Mormon. This book testifies that Jesus is the Christ. It starts in about 600 BC with a family that leaves their home in Jerusalem to travel to the Americas. It talks about things like the creation of the world, the fall of Adam and Eve, the birth of Christ and his death and resurrection. Every prophet that wrote in this book testifies that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, that the only way back to our Father in Heaven is through him that gave his life for us.
After my companion and I explained all of this to the man on the park bench, he didn't have much to say. He kindly excepted a copy of the Book of Mormon and went on his way.
The Book of Mormon is the evidence that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the kindom of God on the earth today, that it is the exact same church that Christ himself established when he was here on earth 2000 years ago. The truthfulness of the Mormon church depends on the Book of Mormon, which is why we invite everyone to read it.
The Book of Mormon is perfect, and I invite you all to read it to find out why.
Also, one more question.. We understand that our Heavenly Father is a loving God that loves all His children and desires that we all return to His presence one day. If prophets are the connection between us and God, and prophets receive modern revelation to be able to help us return to His presence.. wouldn't it make sense that there is a living prophet today to guide us?
Have a great week everyone (: