Faith comes by the witness of the Holy Spirit to our souls, Spirit to spirit, as we hear or read the word of God. And faith matures as we continue to feast upon the word. Scriptural accounts of the faith of others serve to strengthen our own. We recall the faith of a centurion that enabled Christ to heal his servant without so much as seeing him see Matthew — Therefore, being in the scriptures is one way we receive the Holy Ghost. Study the scriptures carefully, deliberately. They had inherited a state of apostasy as each generation was influenced by what the previous one passed on, including changes in the doctrine and in ordinances such as baptism.
As God had done with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and other prophets, He called Joseph Smith to be a prophet through whom the fulness of the gospel was restored to the earth. After the appearance of the Father and the Son, other heavenly messengers, or angels, were sent to Joseph Smith and his associate Oliver Cowdery. John the Baptist appeared and conferred upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery the Aaronic Priesthood, which includes the authority to perform the ordinance of baptism. With this priesthood authority, Joseph Smith was directed to organize the Church of Jesus Christ again on the earth.
Through him, Jesus Christ called twelve Apostles. The time in which we live is referred to by Bible prophets as the last days, the latter days, or the dispensation of the fulness of times. It is the period of time just before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It is the final dispensation. A living prophet directs the Church today. He and the present Apostles trace their authority to Jesus Christ in an unbroken chain of ordinations through Joseph Smith. Bear sincere testimony that you know it is true.
Do not hesitate to explain how you came to know of its truth. Invite your companion to do so as well.
Ephesians James Knowing that doubt, disbelief, and misinformation would remain after centuries of darkness, our loving Heavenly Father brought forth an ancient volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible, which contains the fulness of the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ. This volume of holy scripture provides convincing evidence that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God. Joseph Smith was directed by a heavenly messenger named Moroni to a hill where golden plates had lain hidden for centuries.
Joseph Smith translated the contents of these plates by the power of God. The prophets in the Book of Mormon knew about the mission of the Savior and taught His gospel. After His Resurrection, Christ appeared to these people. He taught them His gospel and established His Church. In order to know that the Book of Mormon is true, a person must read it and ponder and pray about it. The honest seeker of truth will soon come to feel that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Reading, pondering, and praying about the Book of Mormon are critical for an enduring conversion. Those who begin reading the Book of Mormon for the first time take important steps toward coming to know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and that the true Church has been restored to the earth.
Following is an example of what you might say when introducing the Book of Mormon:. It is the Book of Mormon.
Would you please read the last two paragraphs in the introduction to the book? Carefully explain the meaning of each concept in both paragraphs and invite those you teach to read portions of the Book of Mormon and to apply the principles described in these two paragraphs. When introducing a person to the Book of Mormon, it is helpful to show him or her a copy, briefly review the contents, and share one or two passages that are personally meaningful to you or that might be meaningful to him or her. Title page of the Book of Mormon.
Introduction to the Book of Mormon, paragraphs 1—7. Joseph Smith—History — This message of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ is either true or it is not. We can know that it is true by the power of the Holy Ghost, as promised in Moroni —5. Consistent study of the scriptures particularly the Book of Mormon , regular church attendance, and sincere prayer help us feel the power of the Holy Ghost and discover truth.
After reading and pondering the message of the Book of Mormon, any who desire to know the truth must ask our Heavenly Father in prayer in the name of Jesus Christ if it is true. Because God is our Father and we are His children, He will help us recognize truth. When we pray with faith, sincerity, and real intent—a commitment to act on the answers we receive—God will answer our questions, guide our lives, and help us make good decisions. When we pray, we address our Heavenly Father. We thank Him for our blessings and ask to know that the message of the Book of Mormon is true.
No one can know of spiritual truths without prayer. In answer to our prayers, the Holy Ghost will teach us truth through our feelings and thoughts. Feelings that come from the Holy Ghost are powerful, but they are also usually gentle and quiet. As we begin to feel that what we are learning is true, we will desire to know all that we can about the Restoration.
Knowing that the Book of Mormon is true leads to a knowledge that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet and that the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored through him. Although prayer has a role in many religions and cultures, it is rarely considered to be a two-way communication between God and man. Help those you teach understand that they can speak the feelings of their hearts in prayer. Demonstrate this in the way you pray when beginning or ending a lesson. Use simple language that they can also use when they pray. Help them understand that our Heavenly Father will answer their prayers, typically through the feelings of their hearts and thoughts in their minds.
If they are sincere and really want to know whether God is there, He will answer them. Invite the head of the household to offer a kneeling prayer at the end of the lesson. Alma — Introduction to the Book of Mormon, paragraphs 8—9. As directed by the Spirit, during this or any other lesson, do not hesitate to invite people to be baptized and confirmed. To prepare people for an invitation to be baptized and confirmed, teach the doctrine of baptism and testify often of the importance of all people being baptized by authority, of receiving a remission of sins, and of the wonderful gift of the Holy Ghost.
We will be holding a baptismal service on date. Will you prepare yourself to be baptized on that date? This section has ideas for you to use in preparing for and teaching the information in this lesson. Add the ideas you select to your lesson plan.
Keep in mind that these ideas are suggestions—not requirements—to help you meet the needs of those you teach. After centuries of being lost to the world, the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth by our loving Heavenly Father through a living prophet. The Book of Mormon is evidence of this.
You can hold it in your hands. You can read it, ponder how the message in the book can improve your life, and pray to know that the message is the word of God.
Our message is remarkable and simple. God is our Father. We are part of His family. From the beginning of the world, He has followed a pattern of love and concern. Many times He has reached out in love to reveal the gospel of Jesus Christ so that His children can know how to return to Him. He revealed it to prophets such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses.
But people have repeatedly chosen to reject that gospel. Incredibly, people even rejected Jesus. Whenever people disregard or distort true doctrine and ordinances, God withdraws His authority to administer the Church. Our invitation to you and all people is to add to the truths you already treasure. The evidence of this glorious truth is found in a book—the Book of Mormon—which you can read, ponder, and pray about. If you pray with a sincere heart, with real intent and faith in Christ, God will tell you by the power of the Holy Ghost that it is true. Through Jesus Christ, we can live with God again see John — The gospel of Jesus Christ blesses individuals and helps families develop stronger relationships.
Families are ordained of God; they are the most important social unit in time and eternity see Doctrine and Covenants — The family is the best place to teach, learn, and apply gospel principles see Doctrine and Covenants ; Genesis ; Deuteronomy God calls prophets to teach His gospel see Amos Dispensations are periods of time when prophets have taught the gospel. Previous dispensations have ended in apostasy see Doctrine and Covenants — Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and other ancient prophets all taught the gospel see Moses — The Son of God restored and taught the gospel.
He called Apostles and gave them priesthood authority to preach the gospel and perform saving ordinances such as baptism see John Christ was crucified, and His Apostles were rejected and killed see Matthew ; Mark Without revelation through a prophet, people fall into spiritual darkness see Amos — Joseph sought for truth see Joseph Smith—History , Like prophets in earlier dispensations, Joseph Smith was called as the prophet of this last dispensation. God restored the fulness of the gospel through Joseph Smith see Doctrine and Covenants ; The Book of Mormon is convincing evidence that Joseph Smith was a prophet.
Joseph translated the plates by the power of God see introduction to the Book of Mormon, paragraph 5.
The Book of Mormon proves that God inspires prophets in our day as He has in every dispensation see Doctrine and Covenants — You can know that the Book of Mormon is true see Moroni —5 ; introduction to the Book of Mormon, paragraphs 1, 8—9. The Holy Ghost will teach you through your thoughts and feelings see Doctrine and Covenants —3. Agency: The ability and privilege God gives people to choose and to act for themselves.
This was the first time since the creation that God had addressed all mankind. It can be said that these were the first utterances that God had spoken to mankind from the third heaven since the creation, and the first time that God had used His inherent identity to appear and express the voice of His heart to mankind amid words. Almighty God, Christ of the last days, expresses words to judge and purify people, and leads them to enter into the new age—the Age of Kingdom. All those who are obedient under the dominion of Christ will be able to enjoy higher truth, obtain greater blessings, truly live within the light, and also gain the truth, the way, and the life.
Almighty God is the Lamb prophesied by the Book of Revelation who opens the scroll and the seven seals. Almighty God, Christ of the last days, has expressed words to judge, purify and save people, and He has done the work of judgment beginning with the house of God. Almighty God has appeared in the East of the world with righteousness, majesty, wrath, and chastisement, and He has revealed Himself to the myriad hosts of humanity! Classic selections from words expressed by Almighty God, Christ of the last days, have been collected in this book. These words are a guide for those who long for the appearance of God to seeking His footprints.
They can lead you to find the entrance to the kingdom of heaven.