Sept 5 2017 Book of Mormon Class 1 Rebekah Ellsworth

“It has been said that nationally prominent radio commentator once made the statement that he had been asked what message could be broadcast to the world that would be considered more important than any other. After giving the matter much thought and consideration, he came to the conclusion that to be able to announce that a man who had lived upon the earth had died and then had returned again with a message from God would be the most important message that could be broadcast to the world. This being true, the Latter-day Saints have the most important message for the world today. In the western part of the state of New York in 1936 they erected a monument upon the Hill Cumorah to such a person, Moroni, a prophet of God, who lived upon the American continent four hundred years after Christ. This is the only such monument in the world today.”

– Elder LeGrand Richards, A Marvelous Work and A Wonder, opening lines

“The Book of Mormon is like a vast mansion, with gardens, towers, courtyards, and wings. My tour of it has never been completed. Some rooms I have yet to enter, and there are more felicitous fireplaces waiting to warm me. Even the rooms I have glimpsed contain further furnishings and rich detail yet to be savored. There are panels inlaid with incredible insights, and design and décor dating from Eden. There are even sumptuous banquet tables painstakingly prepared by predecessors which await all of us. Yet we as church members sometimes behave like hurried tourists scarcely entering beyond the entry hall. May we come to feel, as a whole people, beckoned beyond the entry hall. May we go inside far enough to hear clearly the whispered truths from those who have slumbered – which whisperings will awaken in us individually a life of discipleship as never before.”
– Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Great Answers to the Great Question, FARMS Symposium Address, October 1986

“I have read [the Book of Mormon] many times. I have also read much that has been written about it. Some authors have focused upon its stories, its people, or its vignettes of history. Others have been intrigued by its language structure or its records of weapons, geography, animal life, techniques of building, or systems of weights and measures. “Interesting as these matters may be, study of the Book of Mormon is most rewarding when one focuses on its primary purpose—to testify of Jesus Christ. By comparison, all other issues are incidental. “When you read the Book of Mormon, concentrate on the principal figure in the book—from its first chapter to the last—the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God.”

– Elder Russell M. Nelson, “A Testimony of the Book of Mormon,” Ensign, Nov. 1999, 69.

“What is the major purpose of the Book of Mormon? To bring men to Christ and to be reconciled to him, and then to join his church—in that order.” – President Ezra Taft Benson, “A New Witness for Christ,” Conference Report, October 1984
The Book of Mormon and the Feast of Trumpets: Lenet Hadley Read, “The Golden Plates and the Feast of Trumpets,” Ensign, January 2000

Mentions of Christ in the Book of Mormon: Susan Easton Black [then Susan Ward Easton], “Names of Christ in the Book of Mormon,” Ensign, July 1978

Book of Mormon Oxford experience: Clayton Christensen, “Why I Belong, and Why I Believe

Elder Holland, Testimony of the Book of Mormon, LDS Media Library

April 18 2017 D&C Lesson 29 by Rebekah Ellsworth

Advocate Definition: 

One who pleads the cause of another; specifically :  one who pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court.

One who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy. synonyms: protector, champion, supporter, proponent, promoter, patron

Redeem Definition: 

  1. To recover ownership by buying back; to repurchase or reclaim
  2. To free from sin and its consequences
  3. To exchange for something of value
  4. To make worthwhile; retrieve
  5. To make up for; make amends for; to compensate for some fault or deficiency
  6. To make good or fulfill (a pledge, promise, etc.)
  7. To free from captivity by payment of ransom
  8. To save, rescue
  9. To clear or release from debt or blame 
  10. To repair or restore  
  11. To reform or change (for the better)
  12. To restore the honor, worth or reputation of something
  13. Antonyms: Abandon

“The sacrament truly helps us know our Savior. It also reminds us of His innocent suffering. If life were truly fair, you and I would never be resurrected; you and I would never be able to stand clean before God. In this respect, I am grateful that life is not fair.” – Elder Dale G. Renlund, “That I Might Draw All Men Unto Me,” April 2016 General Conference