Kira sent a letter with the following inside and asked that I post it on her blog. This is a result of a wonderful zone conference they had on the Book of Mormon.
“After our Zone Conference on the Book of Mormon, I want to write my testimony of the Book of Mormon and send it to all of you.
Oh how I love the Book of Mormon. I have such a strong testimony of its truthfulness. Every time I pick up the Book of Mormon to read, I learn something new. There are so many wonderful truths included in its pages. The Book of Mormon truly does testify of our Savior. As I have read the Book of Mormon, I have been able to feel the love that my Savior has for me. I can feel the healing power of the Atonement as I read stories of people in the Book of Mormon who applied the atonement in their lives. My faith has been strengthened as I have read the stories in the Book of Mormon about the great faith those people had, and the ways they strengthened their faith. There is so much to learn and apply to our lives today. There are many wonderful role-models for us to follow. Lately I have been paying particular attention to the missionary examples in the Book of Mormon—from Nephi to Moroni. There are so many wonderful examples of things I want to apply into my teaching. I have felt an added power—an increased intensity the past few days as Sis. Michel and I have testified of and taught about the Book of Mormon. As we have done this, our teaching has become powerful—the Spirit has testified to our investigators of the power of the Book of Mormon. I know without a doubt that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It is a true record. There is power in the pages. I know that everyone who reads it can be strengthened. The hardest of hearts can be softened. Unwavering testimonies can be built. I have seen the power of the Book of Mormon change peoples’ lives over the past 2 months. For that matter, it has changed MY life. Just one year ago I wasn’t going to come on a mission, but my Heavenly Father spoke to me as I read the Book of Mormon, and I felt that I needed to come on a mission. For the past year as I have read and studied the Book of Mormon, I have found many applications to my own life. I have had prayers answered. I have had questions answered. I have been able to gain a stronger testimony of the Gospel. My testimony of the Savior has been deepened. I can better understand the teachings of the Gospel. Oh how I love the Book of Mormon and the power and message it contains. This book has changed my life.
At Zone Conference, President Anderson invited us to do a special study of the Book of Mormon, and I am extending that same invitation to each of you.
Take a clean copy of the Book of Mormon ($2.50 at the distribution center and I believe BYU-I Bookstore). Have 2 colors, and with one, mark every reference to the Savior. With the other color, mark the doctrines and principles of the Gospel. I have begun doing this, and it truly is an enlightening experience. It is so neat to see the many, many references to our Savior, and to see the basic doctrines of our Gospel. I know that as you do this, your testimony of the Book of Mormon will be strengthened.
I would also love to hear the experiences you have while doing this. And as President Packer said, “A testimony is found in the bearing of it.” Share your testimony of the Book of Mormon in testimony meeting, with your family, write them down and send them to me—in Spanish if you know it. I know that as you do this, your life will be greatly blessed.
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