Monday, January 20, 2014

Week 69: The Book of Mormon

This is the road they "hike" for 30-40 mins to teach
Well Good Day to all of you!!

Hope your week was great, mine was good we worked hard and well we have received blessings from it. For me lots of sun and my companion says he is a bit skinnier haha maybe its the hike we took to find an investigators house Friday morning its the pictures I sent this week 30 to 40 minutes from one river to another oh rough terrane so ya. but it was good our ward mission leader Arnold is there with us. so ya there is blessings on going out in the middle of nowhere to help a lost soul come unto Christ. so ya that was good and well his name is Juan bautista or John the Baptist haha so hopefully he will baptize more one he is baptized.

One of the things I have seen through out my mission is that i hand out lots of Books of Mormon. i really have seen how the Book of Mormon is the key to conversion. the Book of Mormon is really the key to everything in the church it teaches the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. its a testament the god lives and loves us. it really truthfully is as the prophet Joseph Smith taught the Book of Mormon is “the keystone of our religion” (introduction to the Book of Mormon). On another occasion he stated: “Take away the Book of Mormon and the revelations, and where is our religion? We have none” (History of the Church, 2:52). IT HOLDS OUR RELIGION TOGETHER. a man can come closer to god just by reading this book. i would like to share somethings i have seen in my mission from the lords hand as we use this mighty tool. The Prophet Ezra Taft Benson taught that the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion in 3 ways.

1) its a witness of Christ
2) it teaches the fullness of the doctrine of Christ
3) its a foundation of testimony

number one Witness of Christ. “The Book of Mormon is the keystone in our witness of Jesus Christ, who is Himself the cornerstone of everything we do. It bears witness of His reality with power and clarity.” this is very true it brings in a witness of clarity that Jesus is the Christ. in my misison i have learned to rely more on this book to Answer the questions that people have. you know the lord works in mysterious ways as my companions and i leave something to read with the investigators or the gospel hungry people we are guided by what they need to read. I remember leaving a chapter in the book of Alma to Temo. Elder Jenne and I followed the spirit to try to help him out. we gave him the source of his answer and well he just read it and well after that not only did he read it by him self he read it with the family and well 2 young men who didn't want to see the Mormon missionaries came out the next time we came and they listened and well they changed and now in a few months they will enter into the temple to be sealed as a family forever. the lord works in so many mysterious ways. they witness of this book grew for the whole family that day.

Number two Fulness of doctrine. “The Lord Himself has stated that the Book of Mormon contains the ‘fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.’ (D&C 20:9[;27:5].) … In the Book of Mormon we will find the fulness of those doctrines required for our salvation. And they are taught plainly and simply so that even children can learn the ways of salvation and exaltation.” i dont know how many times someone has told me that the book of Mormon is a lot easier to read than the bible. one of these people was Silvana man i must miss this family haha and well lots of other people like in my last area Isela just wouldn't stop telling us how easy it is to read. its true as it says in Preach My Gospel that its a easy enough that a child could read it and know the salvation of god. the Book of Mormon is another testament that Jesus is the Christ. it has the fulness of the gospel and well it is easy to understand how we can have the salvation that god has for us. the fulness of the gospel of Christ is found in the Book of Mormon the book of Mormon explains the Doctrine and well thanks to the church we have footnotes and indexes to understand it more.
Number three Foundation of testimony. “Just as the arch crumbles if the keystone is removed, so does all the Church stand or fall with the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. The enemies of the Church understand this clearly. This is why they go to such great lengths to try to disprove the Book of Mormon, for if it can be discredited, the Prophet Joseph Smith goes with it. So does our claim to priesthood keys, and revelation, and the restored Church. But in like manner, if the Book of Mormon be true—and millions have now testified that they have the witness of the Spirit that it is indeed true—then one must accept the claims of the Restoration and all that accompanies it” (A Witness and a Warning [1988], 18–19). when we receive the answer to weather the book is true we learn to trust in the lord more. if the Book of Mormon is true than as it says in the Introduction  Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is His revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the Second Coming of the Messiah. its just an invitation to know More that's all all but a lot of people don't accept it because the say its another bible but the testament of two nations is better than just one. (2 nephi 29) so all we ask is this, We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. (See Moroni 10:3–5.) all it is is an invitation to do something we can accept it or deny it. I accept it and will never ever turn back. this book is true and as the Prophet Joseph said,  “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.” i know its true i know it and I know you can too. now find someone to invite to read it as did this young man in Washington USA

beautiful jungle area

walking on the side of the road
Could I Share a Book of Mormon?

By Josh Arnett

The author lives in Washington, USA.

During my first year of high school, my seminary teacher invited my class to give copies of the Book of Mormon to nonmember friends. Even though I was incredibly timid, I accepted the invitation.

It took me a couple of days to build up the courage, but I eventually gave my friend Britny the book during lunch hour and bore a brief testimony. Britny thanked me for the book.

At the end of that school year, Britny moved, but we kept in touch. She told me about her new school and how almost all her friends were members of the Church, but she never talked about anything spiritual with me.

That changed before I left for my mission. I got a message from Britny saying she had big news for me: she was going to be baptized, and she wanted to thank me for being her friend and setting a good example.

God took a shy 15-year-old boy with no missionary experience and directed him to share the gospel with someone He knew would accept it. I know that by listening to the Spirit, we can all find people around us who are waiting to learn about the restored gospel. I know that if we help bring even one person to the Lord, “how great shall be [our] joy with him [or her] in the kingdom of [our] Father!” (D&C 18:15).

Share a book of Mormon write your testimony in it and give it to a friend they can accept or reject its their choice. plant a seed in their hearts and let the lord nourish it as you help them by reading with them or by quoting parts of it. it wall stars with an invitation. I know it will work!!!

I hope you all are doing well hope this week is a good one!! I love you all!!

Elder Jaymes Monson

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