Touched by the scriptures

Behold my Beloved son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name - hear ye him.

And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven . . .And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying;

Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.

And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; . . . (3 Ne. 11:7-11.)

I was 15 when our bishopric presented to each young man and woman in our ward a small booklet containing Third Nephi from the Book of Mormon.

Each of us signed a pledge to read this during the year. One day as I rode the bus to downtown Salt Lake City, I took the booklet from my purse and began to read.

I was captivated with the unfolding of a unique and compelling story and was deeply touched by the account of Christ's visit to ancient America.

I received a burning witness that the Book of Mormon was true and that this same Jesus Christ stretched forth His hand to me. He was my Savior, too.

His sacrifice could make salvation and eternal life possible for me. I laid the booklet in my lap and wiped the tears from my eyes. Deep within myself I knew that it would be worth living all my life as perfectly as possible just to hear His voice.

That personal witness of the Spirit was the budding of a deep and lasting love of the gospel and of the Book of Mormon. In the intervening years, I have read this plain and precious book many times, and throughout my life the deep resolves I made and the testimony given me that day have made a difference in how I am spending my mortality.

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