Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

I Love This Book

JSH 1:46 - Intro of the Book of Mormon

It starts from the very moment I begin reading the words... "I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents..." I feel the Spirit begin to sink into my heart, and a familiar peace fills my soul.

I cannot count how many times I have read through these pages.  I have lost track.  But I won't forget the time I read through it when I was down in bed with my third pregnancy...or my fourth.  I won't forget the time I read it in one week along the Mormon trail in Kansas.  I won't forget reading it with my young women's group the six months before our family left to serve a mission.  I won't forget reading it when President Hinckley challenged the church as a whole to study it.

These are life moments I will always remember.

This book has been a large part of those moments.

During those times I have experienced the promises testified of by modern day prophets to those who begin a study of this book.

One of my most prized positions is an inexpensive copy of the Book of Mormon.

I received the book as a gift in 1989.

The best part of the book is what is found on the inside flap.

President Benson was the prophet when I received this book.  What I remember most about President Benson is how much he loved the Book of Mormon.

Many of the promises of reading the Book of Mormon we talk about today come from the talks President Benson gave when he was serving as a prophet of the Lord.

As you prepare to begin a study of the Book of Mormon, perhaps you would like to reflect on these promises.

There will come into your hearts an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord. There will come a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to his commandments. There will come a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God. You will have greater discernment, insight, conviction, and spirit. It will bring you nearer to God. Power will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book. You will have greater power to resist temptation, to avoid deception, to stay on the strait and narrow path. You will find life in greater abundance. The spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase. Mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy and happiness. It will give spiritual and intellectual unity to your whole life. Your Spirit will be lifted. You will draw nearer to the Savior. It will help you to be a student of the Gospel who can share great truths with others.

If you would like to learn about these promises in greater detail, just click on the links below.

“The Power of the Word” President Benson, Ensign May1986

“To the Elderly in the Church”, President Benson, Ensign November 1989

The Book of Mormon is the Word of God,” President Benson, Ensign, May 1975

 “The Book of Mormon ––Keystone of Our Religion,” President Benson, Ensign, November 1986

“Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon,” President Benson, Ensign, November 1988

“First Presidency Message The Power of the Book of Mormon,” President Hinckley, Ensign, June 1988

On Thursday we will read the intro to the Book of Mormon.  On Friday we will begin reading First Nephi.  We will learn of the mercies and the ministries of Jesus Christ.  I can barely wait.

The excitement prompts me to extend an invitation.  Is there someone you know who could benefit from reading the Book of Mormon this fall?  Perhaps they would like to join us on our journey.

As a family we have decided to gather together at 9:30 every evening to read.  We will end each day with the power of this book.  I can't wait for the words to permeate our hearts.  I can't wait for the spirit to fill our home.

From a study of its pages comes the fulfillment of the prophetic promise that “there will come into your lives and into your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God.”

Gordon B. Hinckley

With other latter-day prophets, I testify of the truthfulness of this “most correct of any book on earth,” even the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. Its message spans the earth and brings its readers to a knowledge of the truth. It is my testimony that the Book of Mormon changes lives. May each of us read it and reread it. And may we joyfully share our testimonies of its precious promises with all of God’s children.

Thomas S. Monson

'I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity—the pure love of Christ—will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness'

Marion G. Romney

 

 

Emily Freeman