Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I Believe in the Holy Scriptures

Articles of Faith #8
[I] believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; [I] also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

I remember one of the first personal spiritual experiences I had with the Book of Mormon. I went to my mom with a question, and she told me to search the scriptures for an answer. I vividly remember going to my room, praying for an answer, and then just opening and reading. I don't now remember the question, but I remember it was answered. I could not have been more than seven or eight years old.

My most memorable experience with the Bible came years later. I was a teenager taking seminary and resolved to read the entirety of the Bible. It took me two years, but I did it. I even read the "begats" and Isaiah. In fact, Isaiah has become one of my favorite books of scripture. There is so much to be learned in his poetry. I prayed to know if the Bible was the word of God, as I did with the Book of Mormon, and received a similar witness.

There are many who rail against the Book of Mormon and its origins, and many who doubt the historicity of the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Few other books have been picked apart and analyzed the way these two books of scripture have been. I know that these books are here by the power of God. I don't know this because I have verified their historicity, or even just because I have prayed for a confirmation of their spiritual truths, but because I have put it to the test. If I could describe all the times scripture has blessed me and aided me, there would not be a book large enough to contain it.

To me, they are true in a way that has nothing to do with their historicity. History is useful to put things into perspective, but it is largely irrelevant to the purpose of either book. They are true, not because they are free from bias or perspective, not because they document the lives of people long gone, but because they document my life. Every time I have struggled, every incandescent moment I have experienced in the Spirit, is echoed somewhere in those books. Whenever I am enlightened, it is either in conjunction with scripture study or confirmed by it. Nearly every time I am calmed by the Spirit, it is done using the words of the prophets in these books.

I believe every mystery of God can be found in studying the written and current prophetically-spoken scriptures. Other material may try to clarify, others may try to speculate or enhance the words of God, but nothing I have read or heard has said it more succinctly, more beautifully and more accurately than said in ancient and living scripture.

If you have any question, any trouble weighing on your heart, take it to the scriptures. The words of Christ—the words of the prophets—will heal you.


  1. Amen!

    Thank you for this clear and powerful personal testimony of the value of the Scriptures in your life.

    The easiest way for me to "hear" the voice of the Lord in my life is to read and ponder the Scriptures.

  2. "To me, they are true in a way that has nothing to do with their historicity."

    Fabulous point, SR. That is the most important aspect of my testimony - the non-historical power.

  3. Beautiful.

    And so true.

    I am constantly amazed at the power of the word of God. And how personal it is. I'm amazed that God could give us His inspired word through imperfect mortals, but He has. And the more I read, the more my conviction grows that they are true and real and inspired and from God. For us. For me.


  4. Thank you for the reminder.

    Reading scriptures is hard for me, I love them but am too bull-headed in my determination to do this myself. How reading the scriptures is not 'doing this myself' I don't know, obviously I've got some things to work out.

  5. Thank you, everyone, for your comments.


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