Before my mission I studied The Book Of Mormon in seminary and I was raised believing in its teachings and with the teachings with the Holy Bible as well. This week however, is when I actually finished reading all of the Book of Mormon, from cover to cover, verse by verse, I studied pondered and came to my knowledge that it is true.
There is a promise in the Book of Mormon, in Moroni 10: verses 3-5, some of the last few words in this book, written by the Prophet Moroni, son of Mormon, saying: "Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."
When I read those words after finishing the Book Of Mormon and decided to find out for sure. I closed the book, left the room and entered into a closet space, and kneeled in humble prayer and I asked if this book, the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, is real. After I prayed I felt like my mind was swimming and I felt like I needed to pray again. Once I felt truly humble I prayed again asking the same question. Is this true. After I close my prayer to our Heavenly Father, in the name of Christ, I looked up.
I didn't see angels or I didn't get struck by lightning or have a beam of glorious light rest upon me but I felt I should open up the book I was tightly gripping in my hands. I flipped through this blue covered book, page after page I saw highlighted marks from where I had previously marked things that seem to ring true to me. My fingers finally stopped guiding me though these pages and I landed on Alma 57, a page where zero highlighting markings were to be found.
In verse 27 I read: "Now this was the faith of these of whom I have spoken; they are young, and their minds are firm, and they do put their trust in God continually"
And in the column next to this verse was another (Alma 57:21) which reads: "Yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them."
I then realize, I didn't need to have angels from on high and a cataclysmic event to reach me so that I could realize, I already know that this, I was taught by many people, who I hold in high regard and regard them almost like I do my own parents, and through many heart wrenching and tender spiritual experiences before that moment, I already knew that it was true. I felt all of these memories be brought back to remembrance and like in verse 21 I already knew because of the things my mother (and people who I regard so dearly) had taught me.
I started reading the Book of Mormon, in the middle of September and I finished it in less than 90 days and I will encourage all people who read this, member of my church or not, to read and pray to know if it is true...
I might feel like I'm talking just to a screen right, but I can sincerely tell you that this is true and if I could ask for anything, it's for people reading my letter to follow the same steps I have (I am a really slow reader so it definitely shouldn't take 90 days, but by small means great things come to be) and read this book. I bear my witness of the truthfulness of Book of Mormon like many have done before, and do so in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Love from the South of France!
Elder D. Dakota Stephens
France Lyon Mission
Sept 2015 - Sept 2017