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What I Would Have Missed If I Hadn't Read the Book of Mormon

MR says: I love this line, "But one of the things I learned most of all is that 'our lives passed away as it were unto us a dream.'" How poetic and true. The Book of Mormon lifts and inspires us in so many ways. It truly is life changing.

Asking someone to read a 532-page small-print book in the day of digital media is a tall order. We’ve become so accustomed to 140 characters, entertaining short videos, and animated GIF’s that sitting down to study and ponder a complex book seems like torture.

Back in the day, people got as excited about a new book as they did about finding a wifi hotspot to check their Instagram feed. About a couple hundred years ago, a guy by the name of Parley Pratt was given a copy of the Book of Mormon. He said, “I read all day; eating was a burden, I had no desire for food; sleep was a burden when the night came, for I preferred reading to sleep.” I wonder if Parley knew he was going to be describing every teenager with a cell phone in the 21st century?

Very few people truly know what is buried on those pages within the Book of Mormon. I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I had not taken the time to read those pages in between surf sessions as a 21-year-old punk. I can’t imagine all of the things I would have missed.

The very first verse in that book opens up by talking about the importance of good parenting. Go figure. As if that’s not needed in our day more than ever. That verse wasn’t even supposed to be there, and yet through a series of events, it landed as the first verse of the entire book. . . . 

Lead image from Greg Trimble.
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