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#BOMSummer DAY 34, Mosiah 28-Alma 1: “Because You Want To”

Mosiah 28-Alma 1

Try reading the Book of Mormon because you want to, not because you have to. Discover for yourself that it is true. As you read each page ask, “Could any man have written this book or did it come as Joseph Smith testified?” Apply the teachings you learn. They will fortify you against the evil of Satan. Follow Moroni’s counsel. Sincerely ask God the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, with real intent, if the teachings of the Book of Mormon are true (see Moro. 10:3–5). Ask with a desire to receive a confirmation personally, nothing doubting. There has to be an explanation of that book you can hold in your hand. I know that you can receive a spiritual confirmation that it is true. You will then know that Jesus Christ lives, that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s Church (see introduction to the Book of Mormon, especially the last paragraph). You will confirm that the Savior guides His Church through a living prophet. These truths will become a foundation for your productive life. (“Realize Your Full Potential,” Ensign, Nov. 2003.)

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#BOMSummer DAY 31, Mosiah 18-21: “Know, Incorporate, Share”

#BOMSummer Day 31, Richard G. Scott, True Friends That Lift, Ensign, Nov. 1988

Mosiah 18-21

Elder Richard G. Scott:

During the dedication of the Mexico City Temple, I had one of those singular experiences that readjusts the course of a life. It occurred during the eighth dedicatory session, where many of the men and women leaders of Mexico and Central America were present. When unexpectedly asked to speak, I attempted to convey the strong impressions that poured into my heart. I spoke of those beyond the veil who, in fulfillment of prophecy, had served, suffered, and given greatly to form the foundation which permitted the opening of a new era of the work.

I expressed a feeling to plead in behalf of former prophets who had prepared and protected the sacred records of the Book of Mormon. I sensed that they were saddened as they see us walk from place to place with an unopened Book of Mormon under our arm or see it kept in homes where it gathers dust and is not read, pondered, nor its contents applied.

The Book of Mormon was prepared by divine assignment for the blessing and enlightenment of all those who receive it.

As I spoke, I realized in my heart that all the efforts that I had expended for six years in trying to help those beloved leaders overcome the effects of false traditions and learn to apply the teachings of the Lord would have been better directed had I strongly encouraged them to ponder and apply the teachings of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon contains messages that were divinely placed there to show how to correct the influence of false tradition and how to receive a fulness of life. It teaches how to resolve the problems and challenges that we face today that were foreseen by the Lord. In that book he has provided the way to correct the serious errors of life, but this guidance is of no value if it remains locked in a closed book.

I witnessed that it is not sufficient that we should treasure the Book of Mormon, nor that we testify that it is of God. We must know its truths, incorporate them into our lives, and share them with others. I felt an overwhelming love for the people and an urgent desire that all would comprehend the value of the Book of Mormon.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Ezra Taft Benson, then President of the Quorum of the Twelve, invited me to join him in a private room in the temple. He asked me to be seated, drew his chair close to mine, looked penetratingly into my eyes, and with an earnestness that I will never forget, witnessed of his profound conviction that every member of the Church must learn to use the Book of Mormon as the Lord intended.

As he spoke I knew that the Lord had inspired him to have those feelings. I had a witness borne to my heart that he was speaking the will of the Lord. (“True Friends That Lift,” Ensign, Nov. 1988)

#BOMSummer DAY 26, Mosiah 3-4: “A Personal Urim and Thummim”

#BOMSummer Day 26, Richard G. Scott, “The Power of the Book of Mormon in My Life,” Ensign, Oct. 1984

Mosiah 3-4

Elder Richard G. Scott:

It is not sufficient that the Book of Mormon be [just physically] in our homes; its principles must be captured in our minds and hearts. Through consistent reading, prayerful pondering, and conscientious application, its teachings will become an essential part of the fabric of our lives.

What does the Book of Mormon mean to you? Has it been a source of inspiration and power in your life? Will it continue to be?

If you have not yet drunk deeply from this fountain of pure truth, with all of my soul I encourage you to do so now. Don’t let the consistent study of the Book of Mormon be one of the things that you intend to do but never quite accomplish. Begin today.

I bear witness that it can become a personal ‘Urim and Thummim’ in your life” (“The Power of the Book of Mormon in My Life,” Ensign, Oct. 1984, 11)

Elder Scott’s Suggested Readings:

Benson, Ezra Taft. “The Book of Mormon Is the Word of God.” Ensign, May 1975, p. 63.

Benson, Ezra Taft. “Joseph Smith: Prophet to Our Generation.” Ensign, Nov.1981, p. 61.

Faust, James E. “The Keystone of Our Religion.” Ensign, Nov. 1983, p. 9.

Hinckley, Gordon B. “An Angel from on High, the Long, Long Silence Broke.”Ensign, Nov. 1979, p. 7.

Hinckley, Gordon B. “Praise to the Man.” Ensign, Aug. 1983, p. 2.

McConkie, Bruce R. “This Generation Shall Have My Word through You.”Ensign, June 1980, p. 54.

McConkie, Bruce R. “What Think Ye of the Book of Mormon?” Ensign, Nov.1983, p. 72.

Packer, Boyd K. “Scriptures.” Ensign, Nov. 1982, p. 51.

Petersen, Mark E. “It Was a Miracle!” Ensign, Nov. 1977, p. 11.

Petersen, Mark E. “Evidence of Things Not Seen.” Ensign, May 1978, p. 61.

Petersen, Mark E. “The Last Words of Moroni.” Ensign, Nov. 1978, p. 57.

Romney, Marion G. “The Book of Mormon.” Ensign, May 1980, p. 65.

Tanner, N. Eldon. “The Inevitable Choice.” Ensign, Sept. 1977, p. 2.

“The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon.” Ensign, Dec. 1983, p. 31.

“Testimonies of the Book of Mormon.” Ensign, Dec. 1983, p. 6.

#BOMSummer DAY 12, 2 Nephi 6-8: “Unique Clarity and Power”

#BOMSummer Day 12, Richard G. Scott, “The Power of Scripture,” Ensign, Nov. 2011 (2)

2 Nephi 6-8

Elder Richard G. Scott:

Pondering a passage of scripture can be a key to unlock revelation and the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Ghost. Scriptures can calm an agitated soul, giving peace, hope, and a restoration of confidence in one’s ability to overcome the challenges of life. They have potent power to heal emotional challenges when there is faith in the Savior. They can accelerate physical healing.

Scriptures can communicate different meanings at different times in our life, according to our needs. A scripture that we may have read many times can take on nuances of meaning that are refreshing and insightful when we face a new challenge in life….

In my judgment, the Book of Mormon teaches truth with unique clarity and power. (“The Power of Scripture,” Ensign, Nov. 2011)