Monthly Archives: December 2015

“Read the Book of Mormon and Report”

man-reading-bibleThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints rotates their adult Sunday school curriculum. This past year was a study of the New Testament. In 2016 it is The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

As I consider the upcoming year, I recall a story from the life of Joseph Fielding McConkie, a son of the late apostle Bruce R. McConkie (1915-1985).

Prior to his mission, Joseph said his father called upon him to “read the Book of Mormon and report.” Which he did with an honest effort. After reporting his father said, “Now, son, what I want you to do is to read the Book of Mormon and report.” Without hesitation young Joseph McConkie followed his father’s counsel and a few weeks later reported. Upon which his father said, “Now, son, what I want you to do is read the Book of Mormon and report.”

By the time he finished it for the third time, Joseph was serving as a young missionary for the Church. He wrote a letter to his father and reported. A reply was sent back. “Now we’ve laid the foundation. You are ready to begin your study of the Book of Mormon” (see The Bruce R. McConkie Story: Reflections of a Son, 248-249). Continue reading

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Joseph Smith’s Witness of Jesus Christ a Christmas Message

“The Desires of My Heart,” Painting by Walter Rane, see his website here. He has some touching work on images from the scriptures

Nephi, an ancient American prophet who lived in the Americas six centuries before the birth of the Savior relied upon recorded prophecies of Isaiah to persuade his family and his people to believe in Jesus Christ (see the first two books in THE BOOK OF MORMON: ANOTHER TESTAMENT OF JESUS CHRIST; particularly, 1 Nephi 19:23). Isaiah spoke and wrote proficiently of the coming of Jesus Christ and His second advent. Isaiah saw the pre-mortal Savior sitting upon a throne in an extremely intimate vision. In this sacred encounter with the Savior, Isaiah was called to prophesy and declare redemption through Christ (see Isaiah 6). This he did faithfully.

As Isaiah was to Nephi, so Joseph Smith is to us. Continue reading

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