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W. Jeffrey Marsh, “Brigham Young and the Book of Mormon” Excerpt from farms.byu.edu

Brigham was first introduced to the Book of Mormon while in Mendon in the spring of 1830. Samuel Smith, brother to the Prophet Joseph, tracted through the area with a knapsack of the newly printed scripture. Two of these copies made their way into the hands of Brigham’s siblings and began to circulate through the family. The first copy was presented to his brother Phinehas at the Tomlinson Inn in Mendon. Samuel entered the tavern, where hotel guests and stagecoach travelers were dining, and approached Phinehas, who had stopped there for supper. While holding out a copy of the Book of Mormon, Samuel simply said, “There’s a book, sir, I wish you to read.” He described its contents and said, “I know the book is a revelation from God, translated by the power of the Holy Ghost, and that my brother, Joseph Smith, Jr., is a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator

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14
Mar

Conversion and Testimony of Bob Hilke Jr.

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Robert R. Hilke, Jr., “Conversion and Testimony of Bob Hilke” Excerpt from bobhilke.com

Until 1985 I had never known of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I only knew of the Mormons what was in my school history books.  I certainly had never understood that there was a book known as “The Book of Mormon”.  At the end of December 1984, I was visiting my parents for the holidays.  Just as I was preparing to leave to return to Minneapolis, I remember telling my parents that I would likely select a church to belong to within the month.  I had been attending a number of different churches and had been narrowing down my selection to several.  I had been raised in the United Church of Christ, which is a merger of Methodist and Congregational.  On many occasions I had attended Mennonite, Baptist, Evangelical Covenant, Catholic, Lutheran, Assembly of God, and Presbyterian Church services.  Because I play violin, I was frequently invited to play at various churches in my hometown.  I have belonged to choirs in the United Church of Christ, Methodist, and Presbyterian denominations.  When I attended college, I associated mostly with the Presbyterian Church.  Having the opportunity to attend these various churches, I had learned of their many different approaches to the gospel, and some of the many different doctrines taught in each church.  It was time for me to decide where I belonged, and during the year of 1984, I had made quite an effort to attend various churches in an attempt to find the one that was right for me.

On January 8, 1985, at about 10:00 p.m., I received a phone call from Bob Holker.  He told me that something special had happened and he needed to speak with me.  He asked if I would come to his home to see him.  So we arranged to meet that Saturday.  On Saturday, Bob told me about this very large planet far off in the universe called Kolob.  Then he challenged the theory about the native Americans coming across the Bearing Strait and told me he believed that they actually came by boat, and that they had prophets on this hemisphere.  He told me of a couple of their prophets, and then presented me with The Book of Mormon.  He asked me to read the book.  I told him I would, but I did not have time to ask many questions about it since I had another appointment for a performance at the Ordway Theater, which is in St. Paul, and I had to leave.  Driving to the Ordway, many questions and thoughts crossed my mind, including the following:

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14
Mar

Primary Builds My Testimony

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Devyn S., “Primary Builds My Testimony” Excerpt from mormonmentality.org

Yesterday, I was teaching my 8-10 year old Primary class about the 3 witnesses and the 8 witnesses to the Book of Mormon. We talked about the importance of witnesses which they all agreed was critical for Joseph Smith. We also talked about the witnesses that eventually left the Church – usually over disagreements with Joseph Smith. I then asked them how many of the witnesses recanted their story about seeing the plates. The students matter of factly said “none”. I asked why? Why wouldn’t these men recant their story when they stood to benefit while also able to do tremendous harm to this religion that they no longer accepted? The students answer was simple – “They were afraid of God”. Not sure any other answer is warranted beyond that.

This reminded me of one reason why I intellectually have to believe the Book of Mormon was translated by Joseph Smith. This is in addition to the spiritual manifestations I have received of the Book of Mormon. This is why I love Primary!

14
Mar

Crazy Mormon Belief: More Scripture

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“Crazy Mormon Belief: More Scripture” Excerpt from realmormonism.com

Ok, so what’s the deal with Mormons having more scripture than the Bible? Haven’t they ever read Revelation 22:18:

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.

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Clayton M. Christensen, “Testimony: Clayton M. Christensen” Excerpt from ldsaliveinchrist.com

Clayton M. Christensen is a returned LDS missionary and is currently a Professor at Harvard Business School. This is a portion of an essay he wrote, Why I Belong, and Why I Believe.

I was born into a wonderful Mormon family, and as I grew up I found few reasons to disbelieve the teachings of the church. My parents had deep faith in its precepts, and their example and encouragement were powerful -I believed in my parents, and I knew that they believed the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was not until I was 24, however, that I came to know these things for myself.

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