Wow, we’ve had snow since early this morning! I think this past winter makes up for the past five year’s lack of snow in Utah Valley. So although the calendar says it’s spring, it definitely still feels like winter. This year, it feels like the winters of my childhood, growing up in Utah. I would wait for the bus to go to school and feel the inside of my nose freezing.
It may feel like winter, but in my heart it’s spring because of all the new beginnings going on. I am about to enter a new season of life with my third son. I’m super excited because this son, who has been serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, comes home next week!
He has been telling the good people of Texas the past two years about the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. This book brings a person closer to Christ than any other book.
I love this story about a man who heard about the Book of Mormon on an oil-drilling rig from a co-worker. The co-worker gave him the Book of Mormon to read.
Here’s an excerpt from the story, found here.
“But he said, ‘Isn’t the Bible enough? We don’t need any more Bible. We have the teachings of Jesus to his people in our Bible.’
“I then explained the principle of fasting and prayer and asked James if he would fast the next day. I told him that he should pray and ponder the questions he had in his heart until he felt he had received an answer.’
“As James retired to his room at the end of the day, he knelt in prayer to ask his Father in Heaven whether or not the Book of Mormon was necessary. He told our Heavenly Father that when he arose from prayer, he would open the Book of Mormon to find his answer. He knew that if it were true and necessary as holy scripture, the answer would come from it.
“When he arose from praying, he opened the Book of Mormon and placed his finger upon a passage. It read:
‘Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews?
‘Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?
‘Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.’ (2 Ne. 29:6–8.)
“As he read these words, he felt the thrilling warmth of the Holy Ghost. He fell again to his knees to give humble thanks to his Father in Heaven. He then made his way to my room and knocked on the door.”
Read the rest of the story here. You can get a free copy of the Book of Mormon here.