BOOK OF MORMON TESTIMONIES VIDEO
Ever since the Book of Mormon was translated by the Prophet Joseph Smith in a matter of months in and published in March Powerful Video of All the Apostles' First Testimonies in Conference. byFacebook · VideosMormon Life. The Church released this video after last general conference , saying: "Apostles are called to be special Book of Mormon Central · Explore around to see how The Book of Mormon can bless your life. Watch videos from real people that have overcome challenges and built faith in Jesus.
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The Three Witnesses is the collective name for three men connected with the early Latter Day Whitmer founded his own Church of Christ (Whitmerite). All three men upheld their testimony of the Book of Mormon at their deaths. Book of Mormon - The Testimony of Three Witnesses - Page . All About the Trinity · IRR Video Channel · Free Resources for LDS Members · A-Z Index. The Bible & The Book of Mormon - Testimonies of Jesus Christ. The message of this video is that we need to stay on the path that the Lord has marked with.
Brother Hyrum thought they should not wait any longer on Martin Harris, and that the money should be raised in some other way.
Brother Hyrum was vexed with Brother Martin, and thought they should get the money by some means outside of him, and not let him have anything to do with the publication of the Book, or receiving any of the profits thereof if any profits should accrue. He was wrong in thus judging Bro.
Martin, because he was doing all he could toward selling his land. Brother Hyrum said it had been suggested to him that some of the brethren might go to Toronto, Canada , and sell the copy-right of the Book of Mormon for considerable money: and he persuaded Joseph to inquire of the Lord about it. Joseph concluded to do so. He had not yet given up the stone. Joseph looked into the hat in which he placed the stone, and received a revelation that some of the brethren should go to Toronto, Canada , and that they would sell the copy-right of the Book of Mormon.
Hiram Page and Oliver Cowdery went to Toronto on this mission, but they failed entirely to sell the copy-right, returning without any money. Joseph was at my father's house when they returned.
I was there also, and am an eye witness to these facts. Well, we were all in great trouble; and we asked Joseph how it was that he had received a revelation from the Lord for some brethren to go to Toronto and sell the copy-right, and the brethren had utterly failed in their undertaking.
Joseph did not know how it was, so he enquired of the Lord about it, and behold the following revelation came through the stone: "Some revelations are of God: some revelations are of man: and some revelations are of the devil. When a man enquires of the Lord concerning a matter, if he is deceived by his own carnal desires, and is in error, he will receive an answer according to his erring heart, but it will not be a revelation from the Lord.
Link is here. Roberts quotes this entire passage in Comprehensive History of the Church Vol. So just how do we know what revelations are from God, from the devil or from the heart of man if even the Prophet Joseph Smith couldn't tell? This address from Elder Packer was likely prompted by many letters to the church concerning "false positives" of the spirit.
We've seen this happen many times. There was a returned missionary who fell in love with a woman shortly after returning home from his mission. Most LDS members have a hard enough time getting ANY type of "witness" at all and now we're faced with the dilemma to somehow differentiate between whether it comes from God, their emotions or the Devil. If the prophet Joseph Smith couldn't tell the difference between revelation from God and from Satan how can the rest of us possibly say with surety that any revelation or witnesses we get are indeed really from God?
Identifying Satan For devout believers in the Holy Bible, Satan can appear as an 'Angel of Light' and can possess many of the other attributes we associate with truth and goodness.
It's possible that Joseph and others were deceived by the 'Master of Lies'. For those adamantly opposed to polygamy and some of Joseph's other teachings, this is a possibility. Please read this article ' How can we know when information is from Satan?
References Link is here. Many people, that the missionaries give the Book of Mormon to, sincerely pray about it and do not get a witness that it's true and therefore do not join the LDS church.
How are we to reconcile that? Should not the Holy Ghost bear witness to all sincere seekers of the truth? The often heard trite answers such as 'he wasn't ready' or 'you expect too much' don't really make sense when you think about it. The promise as stated in the BOM is conditional only upon asking with a sincere heart, with real intent and having faith in Christ.
Virtually everyone who wants to know if it's true has that. The missionaries even instruct people on how to pray if they need it.
The church would have you think that if everyone read the BOM, prayed about its validity that they would all receive a witness to its truthfulness. But simply put, many more people read the BOM, or at least parts of it, and do not believe it to be true than those that read it and accept it to be true. From former LDS members: I had that good ol' burning in the bosom. That's a huge part of why I stayed in so long.
After a bout of inactivity, I became confused that I could still have that burning while doing things the church would disprove of like watching an R-rated movie, taking a walk with my kids on a Sunday afternoon instead of going to church, etc.
In fact, I had the most profound, most poignant, strongest burning on the bosom when I got down on my knees and asked God if it's possible that the Mormon church was not true. Yup, I had that burning in the bosom and an unbelievable feeling of peace came over me and I just knew that it was not true. I knew it and I accepted it then and there. Yup, that burning told me for years that the church was true, and then it told me that it wasn't. You just can't rely on emotions like that.
You have to rely on reason.
Do the research, add it all up, then see if any of it makes any sense. I did that with religion in general and my belief in God. Advice often given in church for those that are struggling with their testimony is to rely on others testimonies as you develop your own. But how do we know that other members really have valid testimonies? Growing up in the Church I knew a very staunch member who was one of the pillars of the ward.
He was a stake high councilman with a strong testimony that he shared often. Some years later he left the church over historical issues of the church that he felt were too serious to ignore. So what are we to say about his former rock-solid testimony of the church? If he really had a real testimony of the church then how could he have lost it over historical facts? Many would say he perhaps never had a bona-fid testimony from the Holy Ghost. If that's the case, then how can we trust anyone else's testimony?
How do we know that all those people that bear their testimonies every week aren't just like this righteous high councilman that only 'thought' he had a testimony? In the early days of the church even many apostles lost their testimonies. How could this be? If apostles' testimonies can be so weak and not real than what does this say about the average member's testimony?
Some say that it was different back then and modern-day, high-ranking church leaders don't lose their testimonies. Jerrell Chesney served as the president of the Oklahoma City temple from His wife served as the temple Matron. He and his wife had worked hard in the temple and had earned a reputation for sustaining good attendance figures.
Prior to being a temple president, Jerrell Chesney had served in numerous church leadership positions, including Stake President and bishop several times. He had been again serving as a bishop of his home ward in Shawnee, Oklahoma when he and his wife resigned their church membership in reportedly over problematic historical issues he discovered about the church that the LDS leaders could not resolve. If you search the church's website for his name you will find it mentioned in The Ensign as he was a very respected church official.
Scores of bishops, several church Education System teachers, at least five stake presidents, at least one Temple President, at least two Mission Presidents Wendell Hall and several Church Historians also have left the church in the past few years over historical problems with the Mormon Church.
These are just the people we happen know of as of Jan Most people leave quietly so who knows how many other members in high positions have also left? Also, many more members remain in the church after losing their testimony not unlike some of the writers for this site.
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One CES employee told us that he knows of 11 CES instructors that have lost their testimony as a consequence of studying church history. At least 3 CES instructors that we know of have publicly resigned in the past decade.
The Santa Analogy The following is from a conversation of a former believing member and his bishop: I resigned from the LDS Church and informed my bishop that the reasons had to do with discovering the real history of the Church. When I was done he asked about the spiritual witness I had surely received as a missionary.
I agreed that I had felt a sure witness, as strong as he currently felt. I gave him the analogy of Santa; I believed in Santa until I was I refused to listen to reason from my friends who had discovered the truth much earlier…I just knew.
However, once I learned the facts, feelings changed. I told him that Mormons have to re-define faith in order to believe; traditionally, faith is an instrument to bridge that gap between where science, history and logic end, and what you hope to be true.
Mormonism re-defines faith as embracing what you hope to be true in spite of science, fact and history. Bearing your testimony when you don't have one Perhaps it's not official church canon, but we've all heard something like this in wards throughout the world; 'if you don't have a testimony, still bear one and that's how you can gain one', 'a testimony is gained in the bearing of it', 'your weak testimony will grow stronger when you bear it often'.
In a talk by Richard Wirthlin, he quotes Elder Packer: A testimony is to be found in the bearing of it. Somewhere in your quest for spiritual knowledge, there is that 'leap of faith,' as the philosophers call it. It is the moment when you have gone to the edge of the light and step into the darkness to discover that the way is lighted ahead for just a footstep or two. We gain or strengthen a testimony by bearing it.
Someone even suggested that some testimonies are better gained on the feet bearing them than on the knees praying for them.
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The people following this counsel repeat things over and over, until they convince themselves that they're true. Just keep telling yourself, "I know it's true…I know it's true…I know it's true…" and before long, you'll believe it! The advice is essentially to lie enough times until you believe it yourself. Just think about this for a minute.
If you don't have testimony, bear one anyway. Does this make sense? Lying is wrong. If you say 'you think you know' or 'you believe' that's fine. We can all accept that as that's a truthful statement.
But to say 'you know' when you don't really know is lying plain and simple. To the church, such "technical distinctions" between belief and knowledge don't seem to matter—why? Because the church is true anyway, so the ends justifies the means.
Peer Pressure The peer pressure involved in bearing testimonies is enormous. In any leadership position you are expected to bear your testimony, regardless of whether you have a genuine one or not. We personally would much rather prefer to only hear people's real accounts of their beliefs and not 'made-up' testimonies given in order to help others gain one. Us Mormons are peculiar people for doing such crazy things as waking up THAT early in high school, among other things.
When I started teaching Early Morning Seminary 3 years ago, it just so happens that it was the year of the Old Testament first. For the 4 years of high school, the 4 books of study are: Old Testament The Book of Mormon Doctrine and Covenants Those are what we consider the standard works. All combined in one book the stick of Judah and the stick of Joseph—Ezekial We watch, listen, and are encouraged to re-read throughout the year, as part of our scripture study, along with the standard works.
I have so many friends of other faiths and I admire their devotion to God. Heck, I gleaned some insight chatting with them about those books. I have so many friends of other faiths that I truly stand in awe and admire their devotion to God.
Having not been exposed to very religious people growing up and in my early adult years that were NOT Mormon, it impresses me so much to see that there are some really devout people, who truly live Christ-like lives that are not Mormon, because for a while, I felt isolated in my devoutness.
But I needed to preface this with the above. He pulled together all of the stories recorded from other prophets into one book. But this book talks about the Savior Jesus Christ on every single page.
JUST like the Old Testament, it shares stories of trial and faith and war, but with a different people. A family that left Jerusalem after a warning from God that it would be destroyed B.
Is it so strange to believe that God spoke to other people and they wrote down their accounts as well? These people looked forward to the birth of Christ, just as in the Old Testament, and when Christ was born, they saw the signs and rejoiced as well. Why not have MORE? I have a testimony, faith, belief, knowledge whispered to my own heart that The Book of Mormon is the word of God.
I challenge you to check it out for yourself. You can start at the beginning with the Introduction how it came to be via Joseph Smith , and then into 1 Nephi, the first official chapters. From the beginning, they talk about family and concern for their family, and in 1 Nephi chapter 8 , they speak of The Tree of Life…beautiful imagery of pressing forward on the path towards God.
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Yes, I grew up as a Mormon, but there was a time in my life that I could no longer lean on my parents teachings, and sought to find out for myself through study and prayer and received a testimony that I cannot deny.
There have been too many personal witnesses throughout my life. I have a testimony of The Book of Mormon, that it is the word of God. When I read it, I feel His love. Joseph Smith was the conduit to bring this book to light, after it was hidden for many years. Hear the first testimonies of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve after being called to their sacred roles.
New Video Details the Deeper Symbolism in the Parable of the 10 Virgins LDS Living Staff - The parable of the 10 virgins is one that has been shared over the pulpit at general conference on multiple occasions, and it's often been the focus of our Sunday School classes.
But what does the olive oil in this parable symbolize, and how can we apply these teachings to our life? Book of Mormon Central recently released a video that answers these questions and delves a little deeper into this parable. Toddler Receives Surprise Hospital Visit from Disney Princess Daedan Olander - In a tender moment that made national headlines, nearly 2-year old Emma Krall received a surprise visit from one of her favorite Disney characters—Princess Rapunzel from Tangled —while recovering in a Seattle hospital from halo-spinal traction surgery in April.
Krall's Disney fascination began early for the toddler, who, unfortunately, is no stranger to hospitals. Emma has Campomelic Dysplasia, a serious, sometimes fatal condition that affects growth in various parts of the body, including the spine.
She was also born at just 31 weeks and spent the first eight months of her life in a hospital. Wagner - Glenn Beck was a teenager when his mother died by suicide. Having experienced depression as a boy, Beck recalls the oppressive grief and the feeling of inevitability that he would follow in his mother's footsteps. Later, Beck's brother-in-law also took his own life and the feeling that Beck was destined to follow his mother's footsteps He recalls walking "like a hunchback" down the long hallway to the therapy room, he said.
On the night Sam was released, his father Chris was tucking him into bed when the boy asked, "Where's mom? Yet life doesn't seem to be slowing down for the year-old any time soon. When asked about possible "retirement plans," Brother Callister just smiled. She has a lot of jobs for me around the house," he said.When the Prophet speaks, he overrides any scripture, even their own books.
Identifying Satan For devout believers in the Holy Bible, Satan can appear as an 'Angel of Light' and can possess many of the other attributes we associate with truth and goodness. I have so many friends of other faiths that I truly stand in awe and admire their devotion to God. Oaks said: I have met persons who told me they have never had a witness from the Holy Ghost because they have never felt their bosom 'burn within' them. Cowdery asked questions of the rod; if it moved, the answer was yes, if not, no.
We are to give God the Glory.
Mormons claim to have a Prophet and 12 Apostles who have seen and visited with Christ on many occasions.