The Blessings of Accepting the Prophet’s Invitation to the World
“I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day.”
That was the simple yet powerful invitation delivered by our beloved prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, six months ago in the April 2017 general conference. President Monson called the study of the Book of Mormon and the application of its teachings in our lives a “critical need” in these troubled times.
Six months later, the invitation from the prophet remains the same.
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, and President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke this weekend of how they accepted the prophet’s invitation to read, study, and ponder the Book of Mormon each day and how doing so has blessed their lives.
President Eyring relates:
“Like many of you, I heard the prophet’s words as the voice of the Lord to me. And, also like many of you, I decided to obey those words. Now, since I was a young boy, I have felt the witness that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that the Father and the Son appeared and spoke with Joseph Smith, and that ancient Apostles came to the Prophet Joseph to restore priesthood keys to the Lord’s Church.
“With that testimony, I have read the Book of Mormon every day for more than 50 years. So perhaps I could reasonably have thought that President Monson’s words were for someone else. Yet, like many of you, I felt the prophet’s encouragement and his promise invite me to make a greater effort. Many of you have done what I did: prayed with increased intent, pondered scripture more intently, and tried harder to serve the Lord and others for Him.
“The happy result for me, and for many of you, has been what the prophet promised. Those of us who took his inspired counsel to heart have heard the Spirit more distinctly. We have found a greater power to resist temptation and have felt greater faith in a resurrected Jesus Christ, in His gospel, and in His living Church.”
President Nelson adds his thoughts and testimony:
“Since President Monson’s challenge six months ago, I have tried to follow his counsel. Among other things, I’ve made lists of what the Book of Mormon is, what it affirms, what it refutes, what it fulfills, what it clarifies, and what it reveals. Looking at the Book of Mormon through those lenses has been an insightful and inspiring exercise! I recommend it to each of you. …
“… We need to feel, deep in ‘the inmost part’ of our hearts, that the Book of Mormon is unequivocally the word of God. We must feel it so deeply that we would never want to live even one day without it. I might paraphrase President Brigham Young in saying, ‘I wish I had the voice of seven thunders to wake up the people’ to the truth and power of the Book of Mormon.”
The critical need for today is the same. Let us remember that our hope begins in the pages of the Book of Mormon, so that we may take up the challenge of our prophet, Thomas S. Monson:
“I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives. I so testify with all my heart in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”
Watch President Monson’s full address here: