I hope all is well in the home of the free and brave. Things are good here.
I want to write about a short little experience I had this last week. Because of our President's invitation to read the BOM this last month, the power of the BOM has been on my mind a lot.
We had a lesson this last week with a new girl, she only met with us because she had misunderstood our message. She thought we were Catholic and it wasn't until the end of the Joseph Smith story that she realized we weren't the same church. But, we were able to continue and invite her to read the BOM. I felt confidence in telling her that her questions about what church would be answered if she read.
We assigned her to read Alma 32 and agreed to meet the next day. I was so excited. I read Alma 32 in English that night and then in Albanian trying to imagine what she thought about it.
The next day we met her at the Catholic Church (the irony). Anyways, she pulled the BOM out of her bag and gave it to us, and I was just in shock. I thought, "She read it and didn't feel that power?" But she said she didn't even get past the first verse before she put it down.
Then I understood-she hadn't read it. She didn't even read 3 words in it. She hadn't felt the power. I felt sorry for her. We actually let her keep the BOM and told maybe it would come in handy someday, but as we walked away I thought of this scripture,
2 Nephi 33
10 And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew, and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good.
11 And if they are not the words of Christ, judge ye—for Christ will show unto you, with power and great glory, that they are his words, at the last day; and you and I shall stand face to face before his bar; and ye shall know that I have been commanded of him to write these things, notwithstanding my weakness.
I love the Book of Mormon. I am more certain each passing day of its divine origin and its power to bring people to Christ. Everyday we leave the house at 9 am with our Book of Mormon in our hand because who doesn't need it?
Well, I love you all.