I really loved this simple story and wanted to share.
Jim Cook, a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was quoted in the BYU President’s Report. He joined the Church as a young adult. The experience that spurred his years-long process of investigating the Church began in a class at San Jose State University.
“The professor brought up the Church. When he got to Joseph Smith’s claim to have seen God and Jesus Christ, the class began to laugh. Through the laughter, the professor said, ‘If you think that’s funny, let me tell you another story. There was a man 2,000 years ago who said He was the Son of God–now you must think that’s hysterical?’ The class fell silent.”
A foundation of our faith as members of the “Mormon” Church is the belief that Joseph Smith experienced what he said he experienced. He saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. That experience as a 14-year-old boy began the process we call the Restoration, which included the translation of the Book of Mormon, the restoration of priesthood authority via heavenly messengers (John the Baptist and Peter, James, and John), the formal organization of the Church in 1830, and more.
I have read the Book of Mormon countless times. The Holy Spirit has affirmed to me that it is, indeed, true. Its core purpose is to be another witness that Jesus Christ truly is the living Son of God. The book also is key to discovering the truth of Joseph Smith’s claims. He really did see God and Jesus Christ, and was called to restore Christ’s church and authority to play a pivotal role in preparing the earth for the Savior’s Second Coming.
Hilarious or true? We invite all to explore and discover the answer for themselves, especially through the process of reading the Book of Mormon and personally engaging God through prayer.
You can request a free copy of the Book of Mormon if you are interested in engaging your own quest to learn more about the Savior and His restored Church.
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