The Book of Mormon, a Temple of Peace

Courtesy LDS Media Library

I love the Book of Mormon. I dearly love the Bible, but I love the Book of Mormon more than any other book. I have loved it for over 40 years, since I first became acquainted with it at the age of 17. I love it for the way it speaks of Christ, placing Him as the central figure of the spiritual history of the world, of both the eastern and western hemispheres.

This book is an antidote when I am down in the dumps. When I read it, I am in a temple of peace. It’s my mountain top, my booster rocket, my life raft, my bomb shelter.

I recently began reading the Book of Mormon again with a new mission in mind. I found a fresh paperback copy on our bookshelf (2013 edition) and a fine-tipped, purple Flair pen. I am marking every occurrence of the name for Christ that I can find in purple—the color of royalty.

I can’t tell you what a spiritual experience it has been for me so far! Every time I find His name on these pages, I light up. I am not sure why, but it feels like on this trip through its pages I am being washed in living water—from a waterfall that started in heaven. It is fire and light, hope and peace, and cool refreshment, all wrapped into one.

Here are some of the names I have found in the first 32 pages:

  • Jesus
  • Christ
  • The Eternal God
  • Lord Jesus Christ
  • Savior
  • Son of the Living God
  • One
  • Messiah
  • Lamb of God
  • Lord
  • Son of God
  • Son of the Most High God
  • Son of the Eternal Father
  • Lamb
  • Son of the Everlasting God
  • Shepherd over all the earth

Let me conclude with a passage—a witness of Christ—that I love:

Thus we may see that the Lord is merciful unto all who will, in the sincerity of their hearts, call upon his holy name. Yea, thus we see that the gate of heaven is open unto all, even to those who will believe on the name of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God. Yea, we see that whosoever will may lay hold upon the word of God, which is quick and powerful, which shall divide asunder all the cunning and the snares and the wiles of the devil, and lead the man [and woman] of Christ in a strait and narrow course across that everlasting gulf of misery which is prepared to engulf the wicked—and land their souls, yea, their immortal souls, at the right hand of God in the kingdom of heaven, to sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and with Jacob, and with all our holy fathers, to go no more out. (Helaman 3:27–30.)

If you have never read the Book of Mormon, I promise if you read it with a humble attitude and an open heart, it will bless your life. It will open doors and open eyes. It will lower your blood pressure (if only figuratively). It will give you hope. You will find new direction for your life. It is a text book for our day. It will guide you to higher ground in a time that we desperately need higher ground and a sense of safety.

If you don’t know how to get your hands on a copy, if you contact me here and give me your address, I will personally send you a copy, free of charge. No strings attached.

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