Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Day one
Preface (Title Page), Introduction, Testimony of Three Witnesses, Testimony of Eight Witnesses, Testimony of Joseph Smith

Three witnesses
 Heard the voice of God – declared truthfulness unto them
 Saw the plates and engravings - shown by power of God
 An angle of God came down from heaven and brought then and laid them before them
 Commanded by the Lord to bear record if it
Eight Witnesses
 Joseph Smith showed them the book and engravings
 They held the book.
 Saw the engravings - appearance of ancient work
 Bear record that Joseph Smith has these records

Joseph Smith
First Visit
o Angle appeared – told Joseph of the book and where it is
Second Visit
o The exact same thing happened second time
o Was told great judgments coming – great desolations by famine, sword, and pestilence – come in this generation.
Third Visit
o Same as second
o Satan would try to tempt me to get plates for riches
o Told plates were to glorify God for building His kingdom

Visits took all night – exhausted unable to work – on way home fell to the ground
 Voice calling my name – same visitor again related all told from last visit – commanded me to go tell my father
 Told my father – he said it was of God and told him to do as he was instructed
 Went to the place where plates were deposited – found the spot – saw all that was in the box but told not to touch it.
 Joseph was instructed to return every yr on this day for instruction until day he would obtain them.
 Each year received instruction and intelligence from on high
 September 22 1827 was given the engravings to protect and translate.

Book of Mormon Reading in 100 days

I am reading the Book of Mormon in 100 days. I want to share some of my thoughts and feelings while I read this wonderful book. I hope I can keep on track. I hope your heart is softened with the things I share.

“ I would like to urge everyone to again read the Book of Mormon…There is nothing we could do of greater importance than to have fortified in our individual lives an unshakable conviction that Jesus is the Christ, the Living Son of the Living God. And, my brothers and sisters, that is the purpose of the coming forth of this remarkable and wonderful book.”
President Gordon B. Hinckley