Since the day I received my first copy of the Book of Mormon from the missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my life changed for better.
The missionaries challenged me to read it, ponder it, and ask in prayer to God if the Book of Mormon wasn’t true. I followed their instructions and I obtained a testimony of its truthfulness.
However, I also soon realized that most people around me didn’t want to go through the same process, and they were skeptical or openly against it. Others, simply didn’t care.
The ancient Book of Mormon prophet Moroni challenge his readers to “ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true” (Moroni 10:4).
However, we need to ask God in faith and with real intent, meaning that we are really committed to act on the answer we receive, and we are not only seeking “after a sign” (Matt. 12:39)
If we honestly follow Moroni’s challenge, we can receive a testimony of the Book of Mormon and of Jesus Christ through the Holy Ghost.
God’s Compelling Witness: The Book of Mormon
Some people suggest that the Book of Mormon was written by Joseph Smith and that wasn’t of divine origin. This video, based on Brother Tad R. Callister’s talk, “God’s Compelling Witness: The Book of Mormon” shows the absurdity of this position, while at the same time reminds us that arguing will not help people to receive a testimony.
With a single draft completed in 65 days, an unschooled man of 23 produced a book of over 500 pages, with hundreds of unique names and complex story lines. It has a persuasive enough history on its own, but you can’t prove the truth of the Book of Mormon with facts alone. The case for the Book of Mormon won’t likely be won in a courtroom or a cafeteria.
You can find the proof through a real desire to know and a sincere, persistent effort of asking God and listening for a reply. Then the answer comes, to the heart and mind of each individual who truly wants to know, with the testimony of the Holy Ghost as the most compelling witness of all. It’s not fiction. It’s a miracle.
For a more complete discussion on the subject, read or watch Brother Tad R. Callister’s entire message, “God’s Compelling Witness: The Book of Mormon.”