05 December 2010

This is my testimony

The Book of Mormon really does hold all the answers. It answers why God allows bad things to happen to good people and why we are here, where we came from, and where we go when we die.  It answers all the deep soul questions of Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, and all the other deep thinkers. It answers the deep questions of Calvin, the reformers and others. It answers the deep questions that modern-day man asks so often: Who am I? Why am I here? Where did I come from and where will I go when I die? It answers the questions of the heart in ways that modern man in all his scientific glory cannot. The Book of Mormon is a Book of Answers. It brings us peace, hope, and joy.  It teaches us the truths of God from simple doctrine to "deep" doctrine. It truly is a marvelous work and a wonder. I testify that it is a true work, translated as Joseph Smith said, by the power of God. There is no room for doubt in my mind that the angel Moroni really did appear to Joseph and direct him to the gold plates. Read it.

Last of all this is the testimony which I give of Jesus Christ, Savior of the world: He lives.  He was born, He lived, He suffered and died, and He lives again. Let no doubt form in your mind that He atoned for us and pleads to the Father on our behalf. Let no doubt staunch your testimony that He appeared to Joseph Smith and restored, through him, the Gospel which He established while here on earth. Let there be no doubt that Jesus loves us. 

Do not let the clouds of doubt stop up your testimony of the truth of this church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is the true church of God, restored once more to the earth by pure, untainted revelation. It is the only church with the power to seal marriages to last beyond the grave. It is the only church which has the fullness of the doctrine and with that fullness, the power to act in God's name for the salvation of the children of men. 

Thomas S. Monson is the correct and authorized successor to Gordon B. Hinckley and Joseph Smith. He holds the keys. If we follow His counsel, which is the Lord's counsel, we cannot go astray. This is my testimony. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Elder Joshua B Brown
Servant of the Lord

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