Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Book of Mormon- A Gracious Gift

My goodness! Another transfer is here! I have a new companion, Sister Butler from North Carolina! We are serving in the Beehive House (Brigham Young's house.) I was there in my third transfer and always dreamed of going back. I might have mentioned this in previous posts, but what fascinates me about Brigham Young is that it took him two years to gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon and to be converted to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.  He took his time to truly understand his love for the Book of Mormon. But once he did, he boldly shared his testimony to all, hence his nickname "Lion of the Lord."  

Thanksgiving will be next week and what a wonderful time it is to really reflect on what we have been given this past year.  There are many wonderful things to be grateful for, but then there is that phrase "take for granted" that occurs and life's precious priorities are sometimes forgotten.  One of those is daily study from the Book of Mormon.  Most of us have wonderful experiences from the reading the Book of Mormon, but sometimes we forget those and "take for granted" it's blessings. 

I would like to share an experience we had this last week that emphasizes the importance of the Book of Mormon for all. Last Wednesday we met Kelly (name changed for privacy purposes)outside the Assembly Hall. She was in town for business and it was her first visit to Temple Square. While we were giving her a tour of the Assembly Hall, we got the impression to take her to the Interactive Book of Mormon display. This display simply explains the why and the how to read the Book of Mormon. I personally had only used this once, but we knew the spirit needed us to bring her there. As we discussed her feelings about it, she said it was different than what she "had expected". We asked in what way. Her response was that she expected it to be strict, but it was gentle. We asked if this was something she would want in her life and she said yes! We now have an appointment with her!

The Book of Mormon is such a gracious gift! It is free, but provides for our spiritual and temporal needs! Brothers and sisters of the church, please read the a Book of Mormon everyday!  Entering the waters of baptism is not the finish. Attending the temple is not enough to gain eternal salvation. Please, please read the Book of Mormon! I invite each and every member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to create a simple goal that will help continue their progression in the Book of Mormon. If you already read your scriptures daily, help someone else!  In today's world we cannot allow these spiritual habits to weaken. I am inviting you to do this because I need it as well. I will be doing it with you. Please feel free to email me if you would like to follow up on me.

I know by reading, pondering and applying the principles of the Book of Mormon in your lives, it will comfort you. The prophets have spoken to my heart and have answered my questions. I have great faith I will see my Savior again! I say these things in name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sister Mikeila Aquino

My new companion, Sister Butler

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