The Book of Mormon

 I started this 30 day Book of Mormon challenge in November with the goal to finish that month... it ended up taking me 50 days instead of 30 but I am still thrilled with my accomplishment. 531 pages is a lot to read in such a short time, so instead of mindlessly scrolling through Facebook and Pinterest during free time, I was reading the scriptures. I don't know how many times I had previously read this book, I have been reading it {slowly} on a regular basis since I was at least 8 years old, maybe before. This was not new material to me, but this was the first time I ever read it so quickly and it absolutely came to life for me. At the time I started, I had been getting lots of email questions about my beliefs and while answering them I decided I needed to reread the whole book in its entirety and make sure I knew exactly what I was talking about, that I still felt as strongly about it as I had in the past.  Don't worry, I do. The Book of Mormon is a true book. It is a record of real people who actually lived. Reading it like a novel helped me understand the emotion and the characters of the book, helped me relate to their struggles and see how their beliefs still matter to me now in a totally different world. It is an account of their belief in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and how it guided them. This book is about Jesus Christ, about what He has done for you, about why you need Him, and about how much he loves you. It is powerful and beautiful and will bring you closer to God. It is a perfect companion to the Bible, which I also know is a true book about real people and real events that which will bring you closer to Christ. I am so grateful for the experience I had becoming more familiar with it this holiday season. I can't say much more besides this: take this challenge. It will change your life, whether you are Mormon or not.

"And now, I would commend you to seek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written, that the grace of God the Father, and also the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, which beareth record of them, may be and abide in you forever. Amen"
Ether 12:41, The Book of Mormon

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