Today was Fasting Sunday at the Church, as is the first Sunday of every month.
I am particularly impressed by the idea of the Holy Ghost, and have recently seen some controversey developing in the media about the Mormons, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
In 1831, soon after the church was established, Thomas B. Marsh started the practice of finding revealation through direct communion with the Holy Spirit. Before that, they used to use seer stones in the churches, rather like something in a Harry Potter book or movie, I guess.
Is the Book of Mormon true?
Did the wondorous fourteen year old Joseph F. Smith receive a Visitation from our Heavenly Father and Christ in Wayne County, New York? Was the Prophet Moroni real, and are the Golden Plates not a figment of the imagination?
Yes, by testimony with faithfullness to the Holy Spirit, I believe our blessed Prophet Joseph Smith was so blessed with this Visitation, which in itself was an Annointment of the Spirit of God on Earth, which today lives in the form of our Living Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson.
Yes, by personal testimony, I believe that the great Prophet Moroni was real, and after all the trials and tribulations and the grief his family went through, he buried the box containing the sacred golden plates which were later 'seen' and translated by Joseph Smith.
Is the Book of Mormons true? I believe so. It is a book with echoes of the Holy Bible, and written in a similar way. It has an integrity that I can only surmise is that emanting from a Sacred Source.
Come, rejoice in the true revelations, and the life sustaining truth messages it brings. I testify that my own health has improved, I have found greater peace and tolerance in my life, and whatever was conveyed to me in my dreams (that is ordained of God) has come to be true in the last month or so.
Our loving Heavenly Father is real, and His words are true, His promise is true.
In the name of our Saviour, our Redeemer, the Light of the World, Jesus the Christ.
(written by Durudarshan,
Melchizedek Priest at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints).