Dear Mom and Family
Wow, as I reflect on how each week the Lord has performed miracles and each week they grow in significance. Currently the Lord is protecting M. and I. In both of their situations the Book of Mormon has been the key to their personal testimonies. M. committed to baptism even before we taught the Restoration, Plan of Salvation, or Gospel of Jesus Christ because she saw in us true happiness and prayed to know for herself. As she was reading and praying she received this powerful witness that, ''Yes this is from God.'' Her life has come a new light. I made that comment during a lesson about how her countenance has changed. I asked her if she replaced any light bulbs (jokingly). She laughed, but we helped her realize that yes she has changed and as it says in the scriptures, ''become a new creature''. Also I., who we found through tracting in the area trying to contact a referral who was not home, where she did not understand the restoration completely but because of what she felt from reading the Book of Mormon she committed to baptism. The Spirit is number one in this work and the Book of Mormon is the number tool to bring the Spirit into the Conversion process. Which brings me to my special challenge to you: President Brown is giving us all a new copy of the Book of Mormon in which we are to read it completely by the end of the year. As we read it he has given special instruction to highlight scriptures that reference the Savior in four different ways. So this is my challenge to you: Read the Book of Mormon along with me by the end of the year. I know this will increase our vision and the Spirit will be even more present in our lives. Please read the hymn ''The Spirit of God'' as you contemplate and commit to this. I love you all and we will meet again.
And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.