"The same thing is true about our constitution [speaking about how he received his testimony about the Book of Mormon]. The same thing is true about our rights because they did not come from man, they came from God and they were endowed to us. I haven’t said what I’m going to tell you at any other place because I’m not of their faith and I don’t have any right to speak of it, but I believe and I believe it [Book of Mormon] to be true. I believe every word of it. I’m a convert since 2000 so I come to it with a different perspective. Many people came to it through their family. Many people take it for granted. But let me tell you this, it is either true or it’s not. And that book spells out in great detail what things look like before the Lord comes back. And He gave us that book so that we can protect our freedom here. He also gave us that book so we would know what to do at that time. And you either believe that or you don’t. You either believe that to be true, that it’s not just a book. Priesthood holders stand up and take a stand. You are the guardian at the gate. I’ve read from the prophets, the modern prophets - I’ve read a lot of Benson. I thank the Lord for sending President Benson and everything that he said was scriptural and everything he said was true. Go back and read what he said."

 Millions have come unto Christ because of the truths in the book that Moroni delivered to Joseph Smith.

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson

The Book of Mormon was written for us.

The Book of Mormon … was written for our day. The Nephites never had the book; neither did the Lamanites of ancient times. It was meant for us. Mormon wrote near the end of the Nephite civilization. Under the inspiration of God, who sees all things from the beginning, he abridged centuries of records, choosing the stories, speeches, and events that would be most helpful to us.

Each of the major writers of the Book of Mormon testified that he wrote for future generations. … If they saw our day and chose those things which would be of greatest worth to us, is not that how we should study the Book of Mormon? We should constantly ask ourselves, “Why did the Lord inspire Mormon (or Moroni or Alma) to include that in his record? What lesson can I learn from that to help me live in this day and age?”

And there is example after example of how that question will be answered. For example, in the Book of Mormon we find a pattern for preparing for the Second Coming. A major portion of the book centers on the few decades just prior to Christ’s coming to America. By careful study of that time period, we can determine why some were destroyed in the terrible judgments that preceded His coming and what brought others to stand at the temple in the land of Bountiful and thrust their hands into the wounds of His hands and feet.

From the Book of Mormon we learn how disciples of Christ live in times of war. From the Book of Mormon we see the evils of secret combinations portrayed in graphic and chilling reality. In the Book of Mormon we find lessons for dealing with persecution and apostasy. We learn much about how to do missionary work. And more than anywhere else, we see in the Book of Mormon the dangers of materialism and setting our hearts on the things of the world. Can anyone doubt that this book was meant for us and that in it we find great power, great comfort, and great protection-


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