Special Bonus Episode
The Book of Mormon
This episode is about the power of the Book of Mormon and how it can transform your life. I explain a way that I was taught to read the Book of Mormon on my mission. I learned that I wasn’t reading just a story or trying to learn the history of an ancient civilization. I learned that if I prayed in faith and then took my thoughts to the Lord, he would answer my prayers through the Book of Mormon. It’s an amazing thing. Our Father in Heaven wants to lead and direct our lives. And lucky for us, He has given us this special gift that helps us draw closer to Him every day.
Some quotes I used in the lesson:
“When I think of the Book of Mormon, I think of the word power. The truths of the Book of Mormon have the power to heal, comfort, restore, succor, strengthen, console, and cheer our souls.” – Russell M. Nelson
“My dear brothers and sisters, I promise that as you prayerfully study the Book of Mormon every day, you will make better decisions—every day. I promise that as you ponder what you study, the windows of heaven will open, and you will receive answers to your own questions and direction for your own life. I promise that as you daily immerse yourself in the Book of Mormon, you can be immunized against the evils of the day, even the gripping plague of pornography and other mind-numbing addictions.” Russell M. Nelson
“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.” – Joseph Smith
“I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives.” -Thomas S. Monson
“When you look to the book, you look to the Lord.” -Gary E Stevenson
“Whenever I hear anyone, including myself, say, “I know the Book of Mormon is true,” I want to exclaim, “That’s nice, but it is not enough!” We need to feel, deep in “the inmost part” of our hearts, that the Book of Mormon is unequivocally the word of God. We must feel it so deeply that we would never want to live even one day without it. I might paraphrase President Brigham Young in saying, “I wish I had the voice of seven thunders to wake up the people” to the truth and power of the Book of Mormon.”
1 Nephi 15:24 Fiery darts
Jacob 2:13 Costliness of apparel
1 Nephi 2:15 Lehi dwelt in a tent
Doctrine and Covenants 8: 2-3 Spirit of Revelation
2 Nephi 1:14 Hear the words of a trembling parent … (ha ha)
1 Timothy 2:15 Saved in childbirth
Helaman 3:29 Word of God is quick and powerful
Doctrine and Covenants 84:85 Treasure up continually the words of life
Mosiah 7:18-19 Effectual struggle
Alma 37:46 Easiness of the way
Doctrine and Covenants 97:8-11, 28
1 Nephi 5:2-3 Mother complained
Book Of Mormon Study Guide
“There is a power in the Book of Mormon which will begin to flow into your lives the minute that you begin a serious study of the book. You will find the power to avoid deception. You find the power to stay on the straight and narrow path.” – President Benson
Set aside a block of time
1. Pray. Express gratitude. Repent. Ask to gain knowledge and inspiration
2. Read. (Not necessarily a chapter a day.) Smaller portions. Learn to cross-reference.
3. Ponder. What does this have to do with me? My family? etc. Why was this saved for my day?
4. Write. Write down the scriptures that touch you and your feelings about them.
5. Pray again. Ask for help and guidance to apply the things you learned. Thank Heavenly Father again for the rare opportunity you have to have the Book of Mormon.
“I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives.”
– President Monson