Book of Mormon Challenge Update

December 1st, 2008  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  4 Comments

Last week I had a chance to finish the Book of Mormon Challenge Anniversary. Even with lots of other distractions like school and Holidays, I managed to finish a little bit early, which I am really proud of myself for. The first time I did this challenge, back when President Hinckley issued the challenge to everyone, I spent a lot of Christmas break reading, but this time I felt less rushed and it went really well. I regret that I didn’t post updates here more often, because I really learned a lot. I can share with you, though, that my testimony of the Book of Mormon has grown. I know that it is true, and I know that reading it daily has helped me considerably.

One of the final books in the Book of Mormon is actually written by a prophet named Mormon (he compiled many records together, so that is why the whole work also bears his name). As I was reading through his writings, I was impressed by the fact that he was faithful when all others around had forgotten about God. I have thought a lot recently about wickedness in the world, and it seems like fewer and fewer people believe in God, and those who don’t are very adamant about their ideas. Mormon’s writings help me recognize that living the gospel is possible in a godless world.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Book of Mormon Challenge with me! I’d love to hear more about your experiences reading the Book of Mormon again.

Responses

  1. Beth says:

    December 1st, 2008 at 9:15 pm (#)

    Congratulations on finishing so early! I have worked my way up many times to be right back “on schedule” and set to read a great chapter tonight: 3 Nephi 11 (and 12 … I usually read two chapters a day).

    Whenever I have a goal like this, I find myself paying more attention as I read and thus finding “new” stories that are so valuable to me. I’ve written about some of them on my blog and on our Facebook group. The latest story that I “read again for the first time” (to put it as one of the CES people did at a conference I went to) was the Nephites’ fortification against the Gadianton robbers in the early part of 3 Nephi. They basically left their outlying cities and all gathered into one central place, and they brought with them enough provisions to last seven years. I think about what it would be like if I were a wife and mother in that time and the faith it would take to leave my home, prepare everything I needed, and follow the counsel of my leaders. The more I thought about it, the more in awe I was, especially when I considered the length of time they had to endure (it really did almost take those seven years to rid themselves of the robbers!)

    Anyway, hope those thoughts make sense and thanks for issuing this challenge; I have learned a lot and am hoping I can continue this habit of scripture “feasting” even after the challenge is over.

  2. Ty says:

    December 2nd, 2008 at 1:35 pm (#)

    Here’s a million dollar question – If you were to die right now, would you qualify for the celestial kingdom? If you’re like most Mormons, you’re not sure. You try hard to be as good as possible, but you still don’t know if you’ve done enough. If the Book of Mormon is really scripture, this hope will always elude you. Alma 11:37 says God cannot save you in your sins. Are all of your sins forgiven? Moroni 10:32 says you must be perfected in Christ, which can only be done by denying yourself of “all ungodliness”. Have you done that? Do you repent on a regular basis? Is so, then it is clear that you sin on a regular basis, since only those who break the commandments need to repent. 1 Nephi 3:7 states that you are able to keep His commandments. In fact according to D&C 25:15, you are required to keep them continually! Since you haven’t done this so far, why assume you will in the future? Of course, we should all try to be holy; but if you think that sinning less will qualify you to live in God’s presence, you are mistaken (Gal 3:1-11). The assumption that good works are required for forgiveness only cheapens Christ’s atonement, making it nothing more than a partial payment. God chooses to justify us by faith. Jesus alone does the “perfecting” (Heb 10:14). God gives peace to those who trust in Him alone. If you don’t have this peace, it’s probably because at least a part of you trusts in yourself. Questions? Visit us at http://www.gotforgiveness.com

  3. Alex says:

    December 2nd, 2008 at 1:50 pm (#)

    Thanks for your comment, Ty. These are great scripture references, and I appreciate that you are trying to help me understand more about the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, I believe that He is the source of all truth, and that I can learn truth directly from God by witness of the Holy Ghost.

    I am truly grateful for the grace of Christ. However, I cannot depend on it alone, I must also act for myself. Although I appreciate your interpretation of these scriptures, I do not believe that anyone can understand them fully without the help of the Holy Ghost.

    I know that the Book of Mormon is true, and I’d be happy to discuss this further, but I don’t wish to argue. I don’t believe that my trying for perfection “cheapens Christ’s Atonement, I believe it sanctifies it. Faith without works is dead (James 2:20). This is another example of a scripture that we would probably disagree on, so I don’t believe that it would benefit us at all to debate these scriptures. Open your heart, seek with real intent, and ask God if the Book of Mormon is true. It’s a real promise with real results. That faith will lead you to works.

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