(The note attached inside Book of Mormon given to neighbor, etc. Art added for this blog.)
Thanks for accepting this copy of the Book of Mormon, which recounts God’s dealings with His children throughout the ages in what is called the Promised Land. It’s very much like what the Bible does in relation to the Children of Israel.
Let me explain why the book means so much to me: When I was in ninth grade, I took a religion class that required the reading of the Book of Mormon. As I worked through the assignments, I was drawn into the narrative about a prophet of God who was instructed by Him to take a small group of people and flee Jerusalem, which had become wicked and was soon to be conquered by another nation. The group eventually arrived in the Promised Land and built two nations.
As I read the class assignments, I was drawn more and more into the spiritual side of the book, which was tightly woven around the people’s belief or unbelief in God and His son, Jesus Christ.On a particular night, I remember very distinctly experiencing a burning in my chest – a witness to me that God brought forth this book in these latter days to prepare a people
for Christ’s Second Coming. Even though I was only a 15-year-old, I knew that night that God had made sure the authors and prophets of the Book of Mormon had preserved their writings for marvelous purpose, one that would become a latter-day second witness of Jesus Christ – the first witness being the Bible. I also knew that night that a farm boy named Joseph Smith had been given the power and the tools to translate the ancient text as part of God’s plan to redeem His people.
This is my testimony, Amen!
W. Lee Hunt
Nov. 4, 2023