Tonight Tommy's cousin Tule Iloa shared a challenge from her son, Elder Iloa, who is serving a mission for the church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. The challenge was to read the the introduction to the Book of Mormon and pray about it to know if it is true.
Tommy is in SLC and Joey is at Young Mens so it was just the 3 kids and I. I read it to them and they all listened in. I had previously highlighted some parts of it but it felt like I was reading it for the first time. I believe what I read to be true.
After we read we talked about what we had just heard. Lilia said she wanted to say the prayer.
She prayed for "the missionaries to be in the mission field and for Joey to go on his mission"....and that he would not get another girlfriend. She prayed for "the President that is winning" (Today is Elections Day). She prayed for our family and then asked to help us know if the scriptures were true.
Nifae could not hold it in. He said, "It IS!" right in the middle of her prayer.
After Lilia said Amen I hugged her and sent her to bed. She ran to my bed. Nifae and Owen were still kneeling. Nifae said he wanted to say his own prayer. Of coarse I let him.
He started off thanking him for the Prophet, our family, school and friends. Then he thanks Heavenly Father for the scripture. He said that we read them tonight and he knows they are what really happened. He prayed that Joey will serve his mission and prayed for others in our extended family He gave a very thoughful prayer and sounded a lot like my mom.
When Nifae finished his prayer he was emotional and quite. Owen said he wanted to say a prayer to.
He prayed that we would know the scripture are true. And prayed for missionaries. he prayed that for Elder 'Iloa and thanks HF for the scriptures and missionaries. He also prayed that Joey can get ready to go on a mission. He said a very long prayer sounding very much like my dad.
After all prayers I hugged my boys and told them how lucky I am to be their mom. I sent them to bed and told them to listen to the Spirit and how they feel and see if HF will answer your prayer. The Spirit was so strong and the answer was there.
They are all quiet in their bed right now thinking about tonight scripture study.
I just want to take this quiet time to bare my testimony that I do believe the Book of Mormon to be another testament of Jesus Christ like the Bible. I believe that the stories were compiled by ancient prophet. I'm thankful for Mormon and his son for completing the writings and for keeping them safe. I believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and translated the the plates not by himself but by the gift and the power of God.
I didn't need the 11 witnesses testimony to tell me this was true. The Spirit of God told me through a burning in my heart and tears in my eyes.
I'm grateful tonight for missionaries and their dedication and hard work. I'm grateful for Elder Iloa and his mom for this challenge today!