The Pros And Cons Of Restoration Of The Book Of Mormon
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The Pros of growing a foot or two: They’ve called me to serve a mission, I’m taller than a fair number of my friends, and brother Barnett finally has to raise the podium for me. Victory at last.
I had many goals with this talk but first and foremost I did not want to start it with that phrase I had the topic of blah blah. So I’m going to share a quote by Brother Hansen roughly 3 weeks ago that has personally affected my life for the past couple of days..
“Alec, could you speak on how to gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith?” Cliché Avoided.
Former President of the Church, Harold B. Lee said the following regarding Testimony.
“The strength of the Church is not to be measured by the amount of money paid as tithing by faithful members, nor by the number of…show more content… And
Will you pray to know that Joseph Smith was a prophet?
So our first question should be why? Why is building a testimony of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon the first commitments we extend as missionaries? Why is it included in near every testimony you hear on Sunday? Why is this particularly vital?
As Brother Stout put it last week in testimony meeting, our testimonies are like a building, and like a building they require renovation, restoration and I would add above all a strong foundation, the likes of which are to include the knowledge that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God. Joseph Smith called it the keystone of our religion and President Ezra Taft Benson pointed out three key ways it functions as such:
First, it functions as the keystone in our witness of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon bears witness of Christ, of His reality and mission with power and clarity. In 2 Nephi 33:10—Thank you Tyler for that scripture-- it