Monday, January 19, 2015

The Miracle of the Book of Mormon

This week was full of Miracles. I am really grateful to our members for coming with us to lessons so often because it makes a big difference. People need to have support. We have a couple people planning on being baptized in the coming weeks – both young adults with very little family support. It's stressful for them because they want to serve God and can't deny their testimonies, but their families don't seem to understand. Admittedly, I've heard the things people say about us and if they were true I'd be worried too. I understand how these families feel. I just feel bad for these poor young pioneers trying their best to follow Christ.
I told one young man this week "You know, your family really can't say anything until they have read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it's true. They can have an opinion – just not a very educated opinion until they have asked God for themselves." He agreed that that was how he got his answer, and it was the only way they would ever know for sure.
Sometimes people ask me if I've prayed to know if their faith is right – the answer is probably yes. I've prayed to know about a lot of truths. I was taught from a young age that if you want to know the truth it's best to ask a question, and that the best person to ask questions about faith and lost toys is always God. He is the only one who knows the answers to those questions for sure. So I've asked a lot of questions about a lot of doctrines and a lot of books.
I've learned something recently. It really matters very little what we say or do. People feel the Spirit when they read the scriptures and pray. When people read the Book of Mormon with an open heart and mind and humbly pray to know the truth, they will eventually get an answer. I've seen it again and again. I have watched countenances change. Sometimes it is slow and subtle, other times it is quick. I know it will always come. That's the miracle. The Book of Mormon a book of scripture written for our day. It was prepared by God to help people know that His church is restored in its fullness. The Heavens are open! God speaks! It's pretty exciting, and it makes sense to me that the Lord would deal with us in the same way that He dealt with His children so long ago (as recorded in the scriptures) with prophets, apostles, and priesthood authority like Moses gave to Aaron and Christ gave to Peter, James, and John. As we learn that the Book of Mormon is true we also learn that all of these things have been brought back to the Earth today, because the Book of Mormon was translated by one of these living prophets – Joseph Smith.
I all this is true, it's pretty important to know about. I really recommend this book.
But even with all of this, it can still be hard for new people if they do not have emotional support. Sometimes I wish that I could buy a house down the street from the people I've taught so I could be there for them for the rest of their lives, but I can't. I am eternally grateful to members and nonmembers who support people as they make this change in their lives. It's hard to do – like everything the Lord asks us to do. And it's not fun to have to do it without a good friend by your side. Luckily for those who find themselves alone. Our Father in Heaven plus one other person can make up a family (I got that from John Bytheway).  I know that our Father in Heaven is also eternally grateful when we support His children as they take steps in faith. Because the nature of our life on Earth requires that He cannot always stand physically in our presence and hold our hand, Our Father in Heaven inspires others to stand in His place and show some of His love to those who feel that hope is beyond them.
I am so grateful for the work. I love it. I love Richland. I am glad to be so near the temple.
The sun came out yesterday and it filled our souls with joy. That's a big change for me – coming from Arizona. I used to be so bored with sunshine. You never know what you have until it's gone.
Make every day count!

Sister Caroline Faulkner

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