We read a book consisting of a history of an ancient people in a distant land living as two different tribes of people, with separate leaders and customs, coupled with a detailed history of nations and peoples no one has ever heard of before. ..This 1,000 year book of history and doctrine was created within 80 days, the copy dictated to the scribe for final draft; no revisions or updates necessary. Announced not as fiction - but truth - the writings included a promise: That if people read, ponder, and pray about the book, they can know that it is true. ..This book has millions of readers who have read and testified that they know this book is true because of the results of said promise. Thousands of great men and women, even intellectual giants and scholars have become utter disciples of this book, some even to the point of giving their lives for it. ..but why? For the same reason we have decided to give 2 years of our lives for it.
I know that it is true.
My step-sister was baptized on July 5th, 2014. I was there in spirit...We are here, as missionaries, because we have experienced those times of real joy - those peak experiences - We know what is possible, and how much more full your life can be when you are striving to constantly become better, stand for truth and everything good, and center your life around those you love - your family. ..That's all our doctrine is. To be good people.
I'm so grateful for all the missionaries who taught her.You are who you choose to be...Should you ever wonder who we chose to be, the answer will always be available to you. Give the Book of Mormon a chance, if you haven't already. Feel it's power, and put away the stereotypical thoughts you have about those of our faith. People are imperfect. But this wasn't between you and them anyway - it's between you and Him.
May your week be something special!