Stand Forever | Lawrence E. Corbridge

Stand Forever | Lawrence E. Corbridge


As part of an assignment I had as a General
Authority a few years ago, I needed to read through a great deal of material antagonistic
to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Book
of Mormon, and the events of the Restoration. There may not be anything out there of that
nature I haven’t read. Since that assignment changed, I have not returned to wallow in
that mire again. Reading that material always left me with
a feeling of gloom, and one day that sense of darkness inspired me to write a partial
response to all such antagonistic claims. I would like to share with you some of the
thoughts I recorded that day, and although what I wrote was for my benefit, I hope it
will help you as well. I wanted to give a different talk today. I
wrote other talks more entertaining, with more stories—more engaging than this one—but
each time I wrote a new talk, I was directed back to this one. The prophet Daniel said that in the last days shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom,
which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it
shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. The kingdom of God is The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints. It will “stand for ever.” The question is, Will you and I stand? Will
you stand forever, or will you go away? And if you go, where will you go? When the Lord described the signs of His coming
and the end of the world, when He described our day, He mentioned many things, including
wars and rumors of wars, nations rising against nations, famines, pestilences, earthquakes,
and many other signs, including this one: For in those days [this day] there shall also
arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch,
that, if possible, they shall deceive the very elect, who are the elect according to
the covenant. I am not sure of all that is implied by the
qualification “if possible, they shall deceive the very elect,” but I think it means, at
least, that everyone will be challenged in our day. Paul said, “We see through a glass, darkly.”
Similarly, one of the most prominent features of the vision of the tree of life is a “great
mist of darkness [in which] they who had commenced in the path did lose their way, that they
wandered off and were lost.” There are many who deceive, and the spectrum
of deception is broad. At one end we meet those who attack the Restoration, the Prophet
Joseph Smith, and the Book of Mormon. Next we see those who believe in the Restoration
but claim the Church is deficient and has gone astray. There are others who also claim
to believe in the Restoration but are disillusioned with doctrine that conflicts with the shifting
attitudes of our day. There are some who, without authority, lay claim to visions, dreams,
and visitations to right the ship, guide us to a higher path, or prepare the Church for
the end of the world. Others are deceived by false spirits. At the far end of the spectrum we come to
an entire universe of distractions. Never has there been more information, misinformation,
and disinformation; more goods, gadgets, and games; and more options, places to go, and
things to see and do to occupy time and attention away from what is most important. And all
of that and much more is disseminated instantaneously throughout the world by electronic media.
This is a day of deception. Truth enables us to see clearly because it
is the “knowledge of things as they [really] are, and as they were, and as they are to
come.” Knowledge is crucial to avoid deception and to discern between truth and error. The Prophet Joseph Smith said: Knowledge is necessary to life and godliness.
. . . Knowledge is revelation. Hear, all ye brethren, this grand key: knowledge is
the power of God unto salvation. People say, “You should be true to your
beliefs.” While that is true, you cannot be better than what you know. Most of us act
based on our beliefs, especially what we believe to be in our self-­interest. The problem
is, we are sometimes wrong. Someone may believe in God and that pornography
is wrong and yet still click on a site wrongly believing that he will be happier if he does
or he can’t help but not click or it isn’t hurting anyone else and it is not that bad.
He is just wrong. Someone may believe it is wrong to lie and
yet lie on occasion, wrongly believing he will be better off if the truth is not known.
He is just wrong. Someone may believe and even know that Jesus
is the Christ and still deny Him not once but three times because of the mistaken belief
that he would be better off appeasing the crowd. Peter wasn’t evil. I am not even
sure he was weak. He was just wrong. When you act badly, you may think you are
bad, when in truth you are usually mistaken. You are just wrong. The challenge is not so
much closing the gap between our actions and our beliefs; rather, the challenge is closing
the gap between our beliefs and the truth. That is the challenge. So how do we close that gap? How do we avoid
deception? Begin by answering the primary questions.
There are primary questions and there are secondary questions. Answer the primary questions
first. Not all questions are equal and not all truths are equal. The primary questions
are the most important. Everything else is subordinate. There are only a few primary
questions. I will mention four of them. Is there a God who is our Father? Is Jesus Christ the Son of God, the Savior
of the world? Was Joseph Smith a prophet? Is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints the kingdom of God on the earth? By contrast, the secondary questions are unending.
They include questions about Church history, polygamy, people of African descent and the
priesthood, women and the priesthood, how the Book of Mormon was translated, the Pearl
of Great Price, DNA and the Book of Mormon, gay marriage, the different accounts of the
First Vision, and on and on. If you answer the primary questions, the secondary
questions get answered too, or they pale in significance and you can deal with things
you understand and things you don’t and things you agree with and things you don’t
without jumping ship altogether. How can we know the answers? There are different
methods of learning, including the scientific, analytical, academic, and divine methods.
The divine method of learning incorporates elements of the other three but ultimately
trumps everything else by tapping into the powers of heaven. All four methods are necessary
to know the truth. They all begin the same way: with a question. Questions are important,
especially the primary questions. With the scientific method, a hypothesis is
framed in response to a question. Experimentation is then conducted to test the hypothesis.
The results are then analyzed, and conclusions are drawn that either confirm, disprove, or
modify the hypothesis—in which event the process continues. Alma invited us to “experiment
upon [his] words.” The Lord said: My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent
me. If any man will do his will, he shall know
of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. In regard to tithing, the Lord also said,
“Prove me now herewith . . . if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour
you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Truth can be discovered by doing, which is
faith. Experience plays a vital role in coming to know the truth. The analytical method is also important. It
involves gathering, organizing, and weighing evidence relevant to a question. Based on
the weight of the evidence, conclusions are drawn as to what the truth may be. The Lord
instructed Oliver Cowdery, saying: Behold, you have not understood; you have
supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me. But, behold, I say unto you, that you must
study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right. Evidence and reason also play a role in preparing
us to know the truth. The academic method involves, of course, study
of the written word. Study as well is essential. Mormon said that the word of God has a “more
powerful effect upon the minds of the people [how we think] than the sword [which might
be the fear or threat of death], or anything else.” The word of God is more powerful
than anything. It is more powerful than fear, addiction, pornography, or anything else.
It stands to reason, therefore, that the Lord would say, “Treasure up in your minds continually
the words of life.” He also said, “And whoso treasureth up my word, shall not be
deceived.” The divine method of learning incorporates
the elements of the other methodologies but ultimately trumps everything else by tapping
into the powers of heaven. Ultimately the things of God are made known by the Spirit
of God, which is usually a still, small voice. The Lord said, “God shall give unto you
knowledge by his Holy Spirit, yea, by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost.” The apostle Paul taught that men only know
the things of men and that the things of God are known by no man except through the Spirit
of God. He said, “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they
are foolishness unto him.” We see that every day. Paul continued: “Neither can he know
them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Of all the problems you encounter in this
life, there is one that towers above them all and is the least understood. The worst
of all human conditions in this life is not poverty, sickness, loneliness, abuse, or war—as
awful as those conditions are. The worst of all human conditions is the most common: it
is to die. It is to die spiritually. It is to be separated from the presence and power of God. That is the worst. Conversely, the best of all human conditions
in this life is not wealth, fame, prestige, good health, the honors of men, security,
or even—dare I say it—good grades. As wonderful as some of those things are, the
best of all human conditions is to be endowed with heavenly power; it is to be born again,
to have the gift and companionship of the Holy Ghost, which is the source of knowledge,
revelation, strength, clarity, love, joy, peace, hope, confidence, faith, and almost
every other good thing. Jesus said, “The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, . . . shall
teach you all things.” It is the power by which we “may know the truth of all things.”
“It will show . . . [us] all things . . . [we] should do.” It is the fountain of “living
water” that springs up unto eternal life. Although the voice of the Spirit is usually
a still, small voice, it is nevertheless ever sure, penetrating, pervasive, edifying, and
sustaining—so much so that the Lord said: And whosoever speaketh a word against the
Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost,
it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. Pay whatever price you must pay, bear whatever
burden you must bear, and make whatever sacrifice you must make to get and keep in your life
the spirit and power of the Holy Ghost. Every good thing depends on getting and keeping
the power of the Holy Ghost in your life. Everything depends on that. So what was the gloom I felt several years
ago while reading antagonistic material? Some would say that gloom is the product of belief
bias, which is the propensity to pick and choose only those things that accord with
our assumptions and beliefs. The thought that everything one has believed and been taught
may be wrong, particularly with nothing better to take its place, is a gloomy and disturbing
thought indeed. But the gloom I experienced as I listened to the dark choir of voices
raised against the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ—the
gloom that came as I waded, chest deep, through the swamp of the secondary ­questions—is
different. That gloom is not belief bias and it is not the fear of being in error. It is
the absence of the Spirit of God. That is what it is. It is the condition of man when
“left unto himself.” It is the gloom of darkness and the “stupor of thought.” The Lord said: And that which doth not edify is not of God,
and is darkness. That which is of God is light; and he that
receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter
and brighter until the perfect day. Revelation from the Spirit of God supersedes
belief bias because it is not premised only on evidence. I have spent a lifetime seeking
to hear the word of the Lord, and the spirit associated with the dark voices that assail the Prophet Joseph Smith, the
Book of Mormon, and the Restoration is not the spirit of light, intelligence, and truth.
The Spirit of God is not in those voices. I don’t know much, but I do know the voice
of the Lord, and His voice is not in that dark choir, not at all in that choir. In stark contrast to the gloom and sickening
stupor of thought that pervades the swamp of doubt is the spirit of light, intelligence,
peace, and truth that attends the events and the glorious doctrine of the Restoration,
especially the scriptures revealed to the world through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Just
read them and ask yourself and ask God if they are the words of lies, deceit, delusion,
or truth. There are some who are afraid the Church may
not be true and who spend their time and attention slogging through the swamp of the secondary
questions. They mistakenly try to learn the truth by process of elimination, by attempting
to eliminate every doubt. That is always a bad idea. It will never work. That approach
only works in the game of Clue. Life, however, is not nearly as simple. There
are unlimited claims and opinions leveled against the truth. Each time you track down
an answer to any one antagonistic claim and look up, there is another one staring you
in the face. I am not saying you should put your head in the sand, but I am saying you
can spend a lifetime desperately tracking down the answer to every claim leveled against
the Church and never come to a knowledge of the most important truths. Answers to the primary questions do not come
by answering the secondary questions. There are answers to the secondary questions, but
you cannot prove a positive by disproving every negative. You cannot prove the Church
is true by disproving every claim made against it. That will never work. It is a flawed strategy.
Ultimately there has to be affirmative proof, and with the things of God, affirmative proof
finally and surely comes by revelation through the spirit and power of the Holy Ghost. To His disciples, Jesus asked: Whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art
the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed
art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father
which is in heaven. . . . Thou art Peter, and upon this rock
I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. The Church of Jesus Christ is grounded on
the rock of revelation, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. We are the Church.
You and I are the Church. We must be grounded on the rock of revelation, and although we
may not know the answer to every question, we must know the answers to the primary questions.
And if we do, the gates of hell shall not prevail against us and we will stand forever. Finally, believe. Believe “with God all
things are possible.” We may all be taken back from time to time by the extraordinary—such
as walking on water, multiplying bread and fish, raising the dead, translating gold plates
with special lenses or a stone and hat, and the visitation of angels. Some people are
hard-pressed to believe extraordinary things. While it is understandable that we may be
challenged by the extraordinary, we shouldn’t be, because ordinary things are actually far
more phenomenal. The most phenomenal occurrences of all time
and eternity—the most amazing wonders, the most astounding, awesome developments—are
the most common and widely recognized. They include: I am; you are; we are; and all that
we perceive exists as well, from subatomic particles to the farthest reaches of the cosmos
and everything in between, including all of the wonders of life. Is there anything greater
than those ordinary realities? No. Nothing else even comes close. You can’t begin to
imagine, much less describe, anything greater than what already is. In light of what is, nothing else should surprise
us. It should be easy to believe that with God all things are possible. The healing of the withered hand is not nearly
as amazing as the existence of the hand in the first place. If it exists, it follows
that it can certainly be fixed when it is broken. The greater event is not in its healing
but in its creation. More phenomenal than resurrection is birth.
The greater wonder is not that life, having once existed, could come again but that it
ever exists at all. More amazing than raising the dead is that
we live at all. A silent heart that beats again is not nearly as amazing as the heart
that beats within your breast right now. That one could see on a stone or through a
special lens the modern translation of ancient text written on plates of gold is far less
amazing than the human eye. The wonder is not what the human eye may see, rather, that
it sees anything at all. How can you believe in extraordinary things
such as angels and gold plates and your divine potential? Easy, just look around and believe. I don’t know if pigs will ever sprout wings
and fly, but if they do, flying pigs will never be nearly as amazing as the ordinary
pig in the first place. I heard someone say recently, “It is okay
to have doubts.” I wonder about that. The Lord said, “Look
unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.” I have a lot of questions; I don’t
have any doubts. There is a God in heaven who is our Eternal
Father. I know this by my experience—all of my experience. I know this by the evidence,
and the evidence is overwhelming. I know it by study, and, most surely, I know it by the
spirit and power of the Holy Ghost. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Redeemer
of the world. I know this by my experience—all of it. I know this by the evidence, and the
evidence is overwhelming. I know it by study, and, most surely, I know it by the spirit
and power of the Holy Ghost. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God who laid
the foundation for the restoration of the kingdom of God. I know this by my experience—all
of my experience. I know this by the evidence, and the evidence is overwhelming. I know it
by study, and, most surely, I know it by the spirit and power of the Holy Ghost. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
is the kingdom of God on the earth. I know this by my experience—all of it. I know
this by the evidence, and the evidence is overwhelming. I know it by study, and, most
surely, I know it by the Spirit and power of the Holy Ghost. And with that I know everything I need to
know to stand forever. May we stand on the rock of revelation, particularly
in regard to the primary questions. If we do, we will stand forever and never go away.
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

56 Replies to “Stand Forever | Lawrence E. Corbridge”

  1. All 4 methods are required to know the truth.

    1. Scientific Method – experimenting upon the truth
    2. Analytical Method – gathering, organizing and weighing evidence relevant to a question
    3. Academic Method – study of the written word
    4. Divine Method – incorporates the three other methods and taps into the power of heaven. “Ultimately the things of God are made known by the Spirit of God which is usually a still, small voice"

  2. To begin, I am a new priesthood teacher (14yrs). Yesterday, I was browsing through some criticism of the church and joseph smith, and BoM being plagiarized, and I had never felt so defeated in my whole life, and began to think, with more despair than ever, is this church really true. So I did what I usually do. I prayed. I prayed for an answer and sign. Little did I know until today, January 25th, 2019, that the very day I went through the trials, my prayer was answered. Everything Brother Corbridge said felt like it was made like he was talking to me. I am still stunned, and know that just the fact that my prayer was answered so fast and in such a wonderful way, that I know this is the true church of god. This was a miracle to me, and I am happy to be a member of this church, the church of jesus christ of latter day saints. And this will forever be a part of my testimony.

  3. Elder' Corbridge, you are an incredible servant of the Lord. I have always loved your talks, especially "The Way." Thank you for devoting your life to Christ; you are a powerful witness and disciple. You have affected my life through the years. Thank you my brother.

  4. This is deliciously sussinct and explicit teaching. So much of what he says is immediately & long-term useful. Lots of notes from this to look on frequently. Thank you, BYU Speeches, for posting these talks!

  5. This talk is unique and powerful. The things of God are ultimately learned after we study, act, pray, fast, and sometimes patiently wait. The reward of personal revelation is a great blessing.

  6. When I was defeated by homesickness, doubt and fear back in 2002, this man saved my life. He listened to me, counseled with me and ultimately convinced me to stay and see my two years to the end. It was the most amazing privilege to have this great man as my mission president, to constantly be so near to such an endless fountain of knowledge and wisdom.

  7. So…this talk spoke to my spirit. I have been consumed with doubt. Consumed. On the verge of cutting ties with the LDS faith. I still have very painful concerns and questions. And the exmo community is full of people who feel hurt, betrayed, mislead. I will never attempt to discount their experiences. I have felt despair and loneliness like I’ve never felt before as I’ve researched the history and doctrine of the church. This is hard. And I will never see things the same as I used to. My eyes have been opened to new things. Facts even. But. This talk speaks to my spirit and I feel compelled to turn again to faith, even in my fear. Thank you for this talk.

  8. This precise line of thinking came to me some years ago. I'm not patting myself on the back I'm just saying this was incredibly validating and we have been told that when the Spirit speaks to us, we are actually learning truth and that we will not have separate ideas or understandings, but that we will all understand identically. Behold. This is also wonderfully laid out in Alma – Simply experiment upon the word, or do his will and we will know whether or not it is His doctrine or if He simply speaks of himself.

  9. I took three years to join the church. I heard him speak the short version of this talk in General Conference and thought, “How lucky this generation is to get a comprehensive help to an enquiring mind’s journey in faith?” Wow, might’ve helped me cut off two+ years on that journey and baptized sooner! Thank you, dear brother. I can tell that assignment was a Golgotha for your sweet soul. To walk in darkness for others is a powerfully painful and vicarious journey. Thank you.

  10. Loved this talk. At the beginning he said he wrote responses to all the anti poison. Is that something available online?

  11. I agree. If you answer the primary questions it often helps understanding or at least helping in direction in answering the other secondary questions. Also answering the primary questions invites the spirit who helps with all other questions along with sincere, faithful study and learning.

  12. I with I could like this video more than just once. This talk rings so very true to my own experience. Thank you for your effort, time and willingness to share.

  13. Such an inspiring talk
    “I have many questions but no doubts”
    And reminding me that the word of God is more powerful than the sword means so much more than that

  14. Just plain spectacular (in its finest sense). This inspired leader boils down difficult concepts and presents them is a forthright and easily understood manner. His talks speak to my immortal soul and directly to my “heart of hearts”.

  15. I don't know why he calls questions "swamp and slump". That's a bit unfortunate. Questions aren't "anti-mormon or antagonistic", they're just questions. There's nothing wrong with asking questions and seeking answers, like Joseph Smith.

  16. This is the truth that is so simple and so true. Why do so many who fall away want complicated answers? We seek for things we can't understand and God will let us have them and we can stumble in darkness or we can do it the way he has given which is simple and we may not like that it's so simple, but it's the primary questions. All important issues are wrapped in those 4 questions. Is God our Father, is Jesus the son of God, was Joseph Smith a prophet and is the book of Mormon true. So simple but many don't like it.

  17. You Can’t Learn The Truth By Elimination
    There are some who are afraid the Church may not be true and who spend their time and attention slogging through the swamp of the secondary questions. They mistakenly try to learn the truth by process of elimination, by attempting to eliminate every doubt. That is always a bad idea. It will never work. That approach only works in the game of Clue.
    Life, however, is not nearly as simple. There are unlimited claims and opinions leveled against the truth. Each time you track down an answer to any one antagonistic claim and look up, there is another one staring you in the face. I am not saying you should put your head in the sand, but I am saying you can spend a lifetime desperately tracking down the answer to every claim leveled against the Church and never come to a knowledge of the most important truths.
    Answers to the primary questions do not come by answering the secondary questions. There are answers to the secondary questions, but you cannot prove a positive by disproving every negative. You cannot prove the Church is true by disproving every claim made against it. That will never work. It is a flawed strategy. Ultimately there has to be affirmative proof, and with the things of God, affirmative proof finally and surely comes by revelation through the spirit and power of the Holy Ghost.

  18. What a great and powerful speech. He is so right. We must answer those primary question, and those answers, in their full power to convince, only come by the Holy Spirit. Anything less than that lacks the power we need.
    For years I questioned even the existence of God based on assertions from science. I managed to keep on the gospel path based on experiences which I felt were answers to prayer. Finally after many years of struggle with doubt, a personal experience answered the first two primary questions with such power that there is no longer any doubt. I know God lives, that he loves us and that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. This turned all my questions upside down. Now when a “scientist” claims that life could come into existence without God I think to myself; I know God exists so why wouldn’t he be involved in the origin of life. It is obvious that God was right in the middle of it the whole way. Now I am just learning how he might have have gone about the process. I am still working on the other two questions. Judging by how long it took me to answer the first questions it may take awhile.

  19. This talk is amazing. It is EXACTLY what members of the church need to hear today. I am amazed at the beauty of earth and life that has been given to us. Thank you so much for this talk!

  20. That dark swamp of doubters and haters (of religions in general not just LDS) is a reflection of that modern day Babylon culture, which is of the darkness. The physical historical veracity of the Book of Mormon and how Joseph Smith composed it is so secondary to the work itself as to be virtually irrelevant. What matters is the content and the message. Likewise, we barely have any proof of ancient Biblical events either. Just a handful of scrolls, and hardly any archaeological evidence any of it happened or existed. But the wisdom and teachings we glean from the Bible are unquestionably true.

  21. Love this talk! God has taught me that the primary questions truly are the important ones to focus on first. I love how eloquently he explains this. I love my Heavenly Father, I love my Savior Jesus Christ, I am grateful for Joseph Smith, and I KNOW this church is led by Jesus Christ today. How I love and am grateful for this church sent from God.

  22. Just saw the video, The miracle of ordinary things. Such a wonderful reminder with this weeks Come Follow Me lesson. I won’t be seeing anyone walking on water anytime soon but just to be able to walk, that’s the miracle.

  23. After I listened to this I had an image in my mind of being at a beautiful lake but being so distracted by flies, gnats, mosquitoes etc. that I didn't appreciate the lake. All of the social menaces besetting the church today are those insects, and if we're not careful we'll miss the lake. All of it serves as just a huge distraction to building Zion and preparing for the Second Coming. Thank you for such a concrete talk. Thank you.

  24. Very concise and to the point. Much needed to those who do wander around trying to find the answers to the secondary questions.

  25. I think what we know has both a part that is the information, and attached emotions. If the emotional part changes, the information takes on a different significance. The spirit is one influence, another is the adversary. Feelings of belonging or whether we seem to matter to others are what are most open to attack by the adversary. People may trivialize such things, but it really is the heart and soul of true religion, as in the two great commandments, both about love. So we need to be "one" and we need real prophets to instruct us how to avoid the influence of the adversary.

  26. The most inspiring and powerful talk I've heard since joining the church in 1976. I've been staggering but this is a punch in the face I've needed. I don't have doubt just questions.

  27. I have listened to this talk over and over and each time I learn something new. I have precious children who have left the church because of all of those secondary questions.
    You can’t defend the faith with them because they are so lost in the quagmire. If only I could get them to listen to this amazing talk. Thank you so much for your sincere testimony of the plan of Salvation.

  28. We stand best when we stand together. We need to be among people who want to know and remember our feelings. We can be very strong together, and very weak apart. Life is not meant to be entirely a do it yourself project. We should try to feel bound together, especially families.

  29. When I was widowed in 1990 my family was blessed by Lawrence Corbridge. He supported me spiritually and taught me the truths of no despairing but remaining faithful and keeping my life simple. He knew my name and those of my family. He loved and respected my husband Steve and blessed him with the priesthood which brought him great comfort in his final days on the earth. In a day and age when so many members of the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints are falling away and becoming discouraged this talk speaks to them. It is do not become discouraged but stand strong, be brave and and carry on!

  30. I'm a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ and I know the things in thus book are true, because when one lacks wisdom you or one can ask God and he will tell you if it's true or not.

    God loves and cares about where you or I are going. He wants you to return to him Ecclesiastes 12:7. So pray to know if it's true. It's the best things I've ever warrently done in my lifetime

    Now there are over 160 passages that speak of the lord Jesus Christ.

    22 men named who saw Christ, some form of Christ is mentioned on avagage of every 1.7 vs.

    The new testament mentioned of a form of Christ name on average of every 2.1 vs.

    The name of the savior appears more frequently in the book of Mormon than in the the new testament.

    The Book of Mormon is true, just what it purports to be, and for this testimony I expect to give an account in the day of judgment.

    Quoted by David Osbourne in "Recollections of the Prophet Joseph Smith," Juvenile Instructor, Mar. 15, 1892, 173.

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