Posted by: blackfootsmj1 | May 6, 2011

The Authenticity of the Book of Mormon


“Not everything in life is so black and white, but the authenticity of the Book of Mormon and its keystone role in our religion seem to be exactly that. Either Joseph Smith was the prophet he said he was, a prophet who, after seeing the Father and the Son, later beheld the angel Moroni, repeatedly heard counsel from Moroni’s lips, and eventually received at his hands a set of ancient gold plates that he then translated by the gift and power of God, or else he did not. And if he did not, he would not be entitled to the reputation of New England folk hero, or well-meaning young man or writer of remarkable fiction. No, nor would he be entitled to be considered a great teacher, a quintessential American religious leader, or the creator of great devotional literature. If he had lied about the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, he would certainly be none of these.

“I am suggesting that one has to take something of a do-or-die stand regarding the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the divine origins of the Book of Mormon. Reason and righteousness require it. Joseph Smith must be accepted either as a prophet of God or else as a charlatan of the first order, but no one should tolerate any ludicrous, even laughable middle ground about the wonderful contours of a young boy’s imagination or his remarkable facility for turning a literary phrase. That is an unacceptable position to take—morally, literarily, historically, or theologically” (Christ and the New Covenant [1997], 345–46).

My thoughts today are going back to my own experiences with the Book of Mormon. All reason aside,  because reason does not create conviction. This Book is true. That knowledge has not come from argument, reason, or logic. It is because I know, from a divine witness of the Holy Spirit, the Book of Mormon is true. And what greater witness can one have than from God?

We all must make a stand and find out for ourselves whether or not the Book of Mormon is true. I want everyone to know that I’ve made mine. It is the word of God. It’s purpose is for the “convincing of the Jew and the Gentile that Jesus is the Christ.” It is my witness that Jesus is the Christ. And Joseph Smith was His Prophet. And Thomas S. Monson is His Prophet today. The Church of Jesus Christ has been restored. “Righteousness has been sent down from Heaven”, with the opening of the First Vision, when God and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith. And “Truth has sprung forth out of the Earth”, with the translation and printing of the divine record, the Book of Mormon. I know it to be true. I know that Jesus Christ’s Church is on the Earth. And it is the greatest message for mankind to know today!

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