|Brian G. Buss|
Even as a young boy, I remember feeling a joyful peace in thinking of and trying to follow the example of Jesus Christ. That same peaceful feeling filled my heart as I sang "I'm trying to be like Jesus" in church. As I grew, I began to wonder if the things I had learned were true. I began to study the New Testament and The Book of Mormon, and to pray about them. Each day I felt the power of Christ changing me, making me better, and filling me with greater joy than I had known.
Christ testified, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." (John 7:17) Another promise contained in The Book of Mormon and emphasized in its introduction says,
"We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. (See Moroni 10:3–5.)
"Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is His revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the Second Coming of the Messiah."
By the Holy Ghost I did learn for myself that The Book of Mormon is true. And inseparable from that revelation was the powerful, wonderful assurance that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Redeemer and Savior of the world, and that He lives! I love Him for what He has done for me! There is nothing so triumphant as His glorious resurrection early that first Easter morning two thousand years ago. He had given Himself as an offering for sin, had completed and fulfilled all the Father had sent Him to do, and had been vicorious in breaking the bands both of sin and of death for all mankind, through faith on His name.