Elder Colton

Elder Colton

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ

Hola mi familia y mis amigos,

And this is a continuation from my letter a few weeks ago.  This is another little exert from mormon.org about the Book of Mormon (my time is limited so this makes explaining it easier).  

Since its publication in 1830, the Book of Mormon has blessed the lives of millions through its powerful message about Jesus Christ and His gospel.

The Book of Mormon testifies that Jesus Christ did indeed live on the earth and still lives today as our divine Savior. It’s a second witness affirming the existence of Jesus Christ and the truth of the Bible. The account of its origin is as miraculous as the other events surrounding the restoration of the Church.
In 1823 Joseph Smith was visited by a heavenly messenger named Moroni just as angels often appeared to Apostles in the New Testament. Moroni told Joseph about a record of the ancient inhabitants of the American continent that was buried in a nearby hill. He said it contained the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and was written on thin metal sheets of gold. Joseph translated the book into English. The book was named the Book of Mormon after Mormon, the ancient prophet who compiled it.
Translated and written in the same scriptural style of the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon tells us about the struggles of the righteous people of that time who were trying to live God’s commandments. Just as sometimes happens today, they were often made fun of and persecuted for their beliefs. A particularly inspiring section of the book recounts Christ’s visit to the American continent soon after His resurrection. He invited the people to feel the wound marks in his hands, feet and side. He blessed and healed them, performed miracles, and gave twelve men the same authority as His twelve apostles whose works are recorded in the Bible. The effect of His visit was so profound that for nearly 170 years the people lived in peace and righteousness.

The reason the Book of Mormon is so important to us and to me is because it brings me closer to Christ.  It is also the proof that everything you've read in these letters are true.  It shows that this really is the Church of Jesus Christ, not just "the Mormon Church."  I know it's true and I'm so grateful for it.  

Love ya'll,
-Elder Colton

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