The Book of Mormon is full of stories that testify of the divinity of Christ. I have known the Book of Mormon was true for a long time. I don’t remember the first time I gained a testimony of it for myself, rather, I can think of many different times where I have encountered a passage of scripture in its pages that I wanted to gain a testimony of, and as I have prayed about it, have felt the Lord speak peace to my soul. I have felt the warmth and peace of the Holy Ghost, testifying to me again and again of the truth of the words I am reading. Here are a few examples of what it contains.
I thrill when I read about men like Captain Moroni, and read that if all men were like him, that the powers of hell would be shaken forever, and that the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men (Alma 48:17 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/alma/48.17).
I seek to become more obedient as I read of Nephi, who said when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds, that he will go and do the things the Lord has commanded, because he knew that when the Lord gives us commandments, he also prepares a way for us to accomplish his commands. (1 Nephi 3:7 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/1-ne/3.7).
My heart is filled with joy when I read of the Savior visiting the people of the Americas shortly after his resurrection, and teaching his gospel to them, healing their sick, and organizing his church there. I am able to feel of the Savior’s love for me as I read of him showing love to those people, praying for them to the Father, and blessing their children. (3 Nephi 11-26 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/3-ne/11).
And the spirit tells my heart that the Book of Mormon is for me as I read the words of the prophet Moroni saying to us in our day “I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not, but behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing.” To have the spirit let me know in my heart that these prophets, thousands of years ago, wrote these things down on metal plates, guided by the Savior himself, so that we might know in our day what God wanted us to know. (Mormon 8:35 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/morm/8.35).
These scriptures and many more in the Book of Mormon testify that Jesus Christ is the Redeemer of the World, and that he loves all of his children everywhere. As you read the words of Christ in the Book of Mormon and pray about them, the spirit will warm your heart, mind, and soul and let you know that the Book is true. The Savior, Jesus Christ, is real. He came to the holy land over 2000 years ago, and he also visited the Americas. He taught his gospel there and told prophets what to include in that record for us today. The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, is the word of God.
This same Moroni spoken of before, gave a promise from God of how you can find out that it is true. He said: “And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” (Moroni 10:4-5 http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/moro/10.4-5).
In the Bible, in James 1:5 the Lord promises that if you lack wisdom, to ask him, and he won’t reprove you, but will answer you (http://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/james/1.5). With all the love I have in my heart, I encourage you to read in the Book of Mormon, and to pray about its truth, so that you can find out the truth of the Book of Mormon for yourself.
For, along with the Bible, it contains the words of Christ for us in our day.
Mike Ballard is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and is the administrator of the Facebook page “LDS Principles”, with a blog and twitter account under the same name (https://www.facebook.com/lds.principlesand http://ldsprinciples.blogspot.com/). His greatest hope is that all people everywhere might come to know Christ, that he is real, and that they might feel of the power of his love in their lives on a consistent basis.