Living by the scriptures

"Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, for Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, for Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand." - Ezek. 37:16-17

In 1987 the missionaries knocked on our door. Our family had just moved into our house in Cape Town, South Africa. We were a family of practicing Jews and were living the laws of Moses as had our ancestors for thousands of years. I certainly was not seeking after any other faith.It was fun having these young Americans in our home as we compared cultures and religions. Over the months we learned much about the Church from the missionaries. However, this did not induce me to accept Mormonism.

Among the many things discussed was the Book of Mormon, which we were informed was a history of the descendants of Joseph who was sold into Egypt. This I could accept as the Bible is a record of ancient Israel, and a history of the Jews, the descendants of Judah, so why not a record of the people of ancient America? This knowledge did not have a great effect on me until President and Sister Reed C.T Snow requested that I read Ezekiel 37. The light flowed into my soul and I was ready to learn and accept the truth.

In February 1988, my husband and I were baptized. The prophecies of Ezekiel are being fulfilled in these latter days and we, coming from one covenant people, gladly and humbly embrace another. - by Linda Karu, Elma, Wash.

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