There are moments that define our lives, who we are, and what we stand for. Moments that, no matter where we end up or how old we are, we just can’t forget.
I experienced such a defining moment in my youth, during my high school years. Two of my best friends stopped me after class, knowing that I had an interest in attending church, and gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon. One of them had written his personal testimony inside the front cover. His message was full of conviction and dedication, feelings I desired to possess for my own faith.
My friend challenged me to read a passage from the book—
“And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” -Moroni 10:4-5
I took the challenge seriously. Each night I had my routine. I would read a chapter each from the Bible and the Book of Mormon, pray, and then go to bed. This became a habit as I searched for my answer.
My answer did not come right away, but over time as I studied it out and received affirmation through the power of the Holy Ghost.
I’ve learned that when we show God that we are serious about something, He seems to answer more directly and clearly — my particular case being the desire to know about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, and the reality of the restoration of Christ’s ancient church through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
To this day I still possess that very copy of the Book of Mormon. It provides both reminiscence and motivation for me as I strive to share my conversion experience with others. My experience has defined my faith, and set the foundation for the way that I will strive to live the rest of my life, how I handle my marriage, and how I raise my children.
Every one deserves such an experience with the Book of Mormon. Its powerful and personal message brings us closer to Jesus Christ. If we have already had such an experience, there is great value in renewal, and in seeking opportunities to provide others with the experience of their lifetime.