Stake Book of Mormon reading program and the role of mysticism and logic

My stake in Colorado has asked everybody — but especially teenagers — to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the school year. The stake estimates that if every member of the stake reads the book 5-10 minutes a day, they will finish by May. The plan is to then send a letter to President Monson — signed by the members of our stake — giving our testimony as to the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.

Last night the stake held a youth fireside attended by hundreds of my stake’s young men and women in which they were given the Book of Mormon challenge. Some responded by saying they will finish the Book of Mormon in a month, easy, others seemed overwhelmed by the prospect of reading a 500-plus page book at all.

The second counselor in the stake presidency read letters from missionaries urging the youth to read the Book of Mormon before leaving on their missions. Apparently, they are still many missionaries being sent out who have never read the Book of Mormon, which I find astonishing.

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