My husband shared the following story over Sunday dinner yesterday. It left a warm glow in my heart that matched the sunny, cheerful spring day outside.
It is written by John Pontius, author of Following the Light of Christ into His Presence. This is the best book on how to know when God is speaking to you. If you haven’t read it you are missing out. He is my favorite blogger! You can go to his blog here http://unblogmysoul.wordpress.com/about/ and his website here http://unblogmysoul.wordpress.com/about/ where you can download for free, talks from firesides he’s given and PDF files of some of his books and essays. Beautiful, wonderful, marvelous stuff!
His Millennial Quest novels are all about following the Holy Spirit, no matter where it takes you! They are so inspiring and full of adventures. I could not put them down, they are such page-turners. I was left wondering how much of the stories were autobiographical, since he went on a mission to South Africa like the main character and then lived in Alaska. Years ago, when I lived in Provo, a single lady who was just beautiful and had a gorgeous singing voice in my ward frequently complimented me. So of course I was sad when she moved away, saying she was getting married to an author in Alaska, named John Pontius. It was the same guy, I found out years later!
So on to the story my husband shared from Brother Pontius’ blog. Brother Pontius shared that when he was on his mission in South Africa, the Afrikaans edition of the Book of Mormon came out. The LDS Church commissioned a scholar/linguist of Hebrew and ancient Egyptian to translate the English edition to Afrikaans. This man, not a member of the Church, could tell right away that the book was not originally written in English when he started reading in the middle of the book. He decided to translate it into Egyptian. He could see that there were many phrases that could be said better in Egyptian and Hebrew. He testified the Book of Mormon is true, even though he was not a member of the Church, because he could tell from his scholarly knowledge that Joseph had translated it from reformed Egyptian.