November 2009 Visit Teaching Message

This month was a pick and choose month, which means I got to pick my favorite conference talk.  This time it was easy, actually when I heard the Apostle give the talk I knew that it would be the one I would share with my sisters.

The Talk I chose was: Safety for the Soul by Elder Jeffery R. Holland

I do recommend actually listening to his talk, not just reading it.  He gave the most powerful testimony I have ever heard.  This is one of my most favorite parts of his talk, "As one of a thousand elements of my own testimony of the divinity of the Book of Mormon, I submit this as yet one more evidence of its truthfulness. In this their greatest—and last—hour of need, I ask you: would these men blaspheme before God by continuing to fix their lives, their honor, and their own search for eternal salvation on a book (and by implication a church and a ministry) they had fictitiously created out of whole cloth? Never mind that their wives are about to be widows and their children fatherless. Never mind that their little band of followers will yet be “houseless, friendless and homeless” and that their children will leave footprints of blood across frozen rivers and an untamed prairie floor.  Never mind that legions will die and other legions live declaring in the four quarters of this earth that they know the Book of Mormon and the Church which espouses it to be true. Disregard all of that, and tell me whether in this hour of death these two men would enter the presence of their Eternal Judge quoting from and finding solace in a book which, if not the very word of God, would brand them as imposters and charlatans until the end of time? They would not do that! They were willing to die rather than deny the divine origin and the eternal truthfulness of the Book of Mormon."

I have heard Apostles bear their testimonies, this one stands out! He said it with such conviction. He also goes on to say,

"I ask that my testimony of the Book of Mormon and all that it implies, given today under my own oath and office, be recorded by men on earth and angels in heaven. I hope I have a few years left in my “last days,” but whether I do or do not, I want it absolutely clear when I stand before the judgment bar of God that I declared to the world, in the most straightforward language I could summon, that the Book of Mormon is true, that it came forth the way Joseph said it came forth and was given to bring happiness and hope to the faithful in the travail of the latter days."

I will always remember this conference talk and the strength of his testimony and how strong I felt the spirit as he testified of these truths.

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