Missions are Fun

Preston Temple photo taken 21 Nov. 2010

A missionary is someone who leaves his or her home for a little while so others can have their families forever.

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Our Mission Scriptures

Our Mission Scriptures:

"Oh, that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart . . . Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth." Alma 29:1-2 (Book of Mormon)

" . . . be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Bible)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

150 Million Copies of The Book of Mormon--It is a Witness That Supports the Bible in Testifying of Jesus Christ

And now, my beloved son, notwithstanding their hardness, let us labor diligently; for if we should cease to labor, we should be brought under condemnation; for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God.  Moroni 9:6

This quote refers to why we are missionaries.  The message must go forth that there is a great war going on with good battling evil.  Righteousness will win, but we cannot rest until all have have the chance to hear the message of the gospel and choose to follow Jesus Christ through repentance and baptism by those with the authority from God to perform sacred ordinances on earth.
Mormon abridged the records the people brought with them to America, and the ones they recorded since arriving there.  He compiled the records on to golden plates (which, in 1829, Joseph Smith was directed by an angel to find and translate)
The scripture passage posted today, from The Book of Mormon, refers to a letter written by Mormon to his son, Moroni.  Moroni ended up to be the last person with the sacred records (which were written on gold plates) and the last to record in them.  He buried them for safety after all the Nephites, including his father Mormon, were killed by the Lamanites.  Mormon was a great prophet and commander of the Nephite armies.  Mormon was appointed to be the leader of the army at the tender age of sixteen.  He lead the army many years and finally gave up in disgust as they refused to turn to God and receive the help they might have gotten if they'd chosen to be righteous.  He again took command at the age of seventy two to help his people fight the Lamanites, but the people still had not learned to depend on God.

He wrote to the people (Lamanites) who would survive the wars:  "Therefore repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus, and lay hold upon the gospel of Christ, which shall be set before you, not only in this record (referring to the sacred records he had kept safe that would be called The Book of Mormon) but also in the record (Bible) which shall come unto the Gentiles from the Jews, which record shall come from the Gentiles unto you.  For behold, this (The Book of Mormon) is written for the intent that ye may believe that (Bible); and if ye believe that (Bible) ye will believe this (Book of Mormon) also; and if ye believe this (Book of Mormon) ye will know concerning your fathers, and also the marvelous works which were wrought by the power of God among them.
Here, Moroni, the son of Mormon, buries the gold plates after his father gave them to him for safe keeping.  Moroni records a few verses before burying the plates to let future readers know the fate of his people.  He was the last one alive and we do not know what happened to him.  He wrote the promise that anyone can know The Book of Mormon is true (Moroni 10:3-5).

With the 181st anniversary of the publication of the Book of Mormon in March came another milestone—the distribution of its 150 millionth copy.

“Through all of these years critics have tried to explain it. They have spoken against it. They have ridiculed it. But it has outlived them all, and its influence today is greater than at any time in its history.” — President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008), 15th President of the Church
 Read a full article on The Book of Mormon:

Book of Mormon Reaches 150 Million Copies


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