I would like to share a story with you. This is a story that I have heard many times, but when reading it again this last week it struck me more powerfully than it ever has before.
One night a man and his wife were preparing for bed. Their two adopted children (twins) had been very ill. The babies finally fell asleep after many hours of restlessness so this man's wife told him that they had better get some sleep as well. Shortly after they had drifted off to sleep, the young father was yanked out of his slumber by the sound of his wife screaming and he noticed that about a dozen men were pouring into his home.
Heart-wrenching, right? As a wife, as a mother, as a human being, this creates so much sadness in my soul. How could these men do something like this and live with themselves? It boggles my mind, yet it also leaves me feeling an immense amount of reverence and awe for the young father.
Why would this young father be subjected to such torture? What could prompt such treatment?
I don't think I would. I probably would have said, "Okay! You got me. You are right. It was all a great lie and deception. I'm sorry. Please leave me and my family alone now."
But, he couldn't do that because his story was true.
It all sounds so incredibly unbelievable. A young boy of 14 seeing God and Jesus Christ? Having an angel come to him and tell him about an ancient record that was written on gold plates that he was supposed to find and then translate? Everything about that has the logical side of my brain screaming in disbelief.
However, we can't judge things of a spiritual nature solely with the limited capabilities of our logical and mortal brains.
We have to exercise faith.
We have to humble ourselves and ask God if these things are true.
It's the only way for you to truly know that these miraculous events actually did happen. I can say that I know they happened because I have had that witness to my heart and mind. And I, like Joseph Smith, cannot deny it. I know that God knows that I know and there is no turning back from that.
I leave you with the words of an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. This powerful testimony of the Book of Mormon and the Prophet Joseph Smith brings me to tears every...single...time. I love the Prophet Joseph and I cannot wait for the day that I will be able to personally thank him for the many, many sacrifices he made. For the countless times he was persecuted because of his testimony and resolve to do the Lord's will.
I am loving my second chance at life.
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