More Than Just Stories

Bible-and-Book-of-Mormon by Sylvia N. Topchiyska

I grew up Eastern Orthodox half of my life. My mom would put us to bed by reading from the Bible. I always liked the stories from the Bible but they were just “stories” to me, nothing else. Reading from the Book of Mormon for the first time wasn’t much different. It was full of stories about people I had never heard of, and I assumed it was referring to the American Indians and that was all. Things changed when I prayed and when I had the desire to actually understand and know what the Bible and the Book of Mormon are about. Most of you might have wondered why there’s such a big emphasis put on prayer? Well, prayer is a gift from God given to each one of us for direct communication with him. The communication goes both ways! We pour our hearts to him and he answers us back through the power of the Holy Ghost. Sometimes answers come through other people. It wasn’t until I knelt down one night and simply asked Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon was scripture and if it was a book coming from him that the answer came clearly and I had no doubt that the Book of Mormon was true. I did not see any angels or heard voices, but I knew it in my heart. Another thing that helps me to know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are true is by putting them to a test. Reading the stories, pondering on them, applying them in my life, putting myself in the shoes of the “heroes”, and I come to find that they are for ME (as well as for each one of us). It was an amazing experience and still is when I do that. Many people believe that the Bible is true because someone else has said so, or because it is written by prophets. How do you know if those men are true prophets? Did you ask God about it? Often, the answer is because the word is prophetic and it testifies of Christ and God. The same question is valid for the Book of Mormon. One must read it before they make the conclusion that is false. People are good in passing around information they’ve only heard. Experiencing something and checking it out for yourself is a different story. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that it is the word of God and a compliment to the Bible. I know that it stands as another testament of Jesus Christ. I know that he is the Savior and Redeemer of the world and that he lives! He will come again in glory and power and we, now, have the chance to prepare for that glorious day by reading and studying the words of the prophets, aka, the Bible and the Book of Mormon.

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