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A Book with no Equal

So I love to read, I can read all night and still want to keep going. Doesn’t matter if it’s fantasy, mystery, historical, sci-fi or adventure. Really it didn’t matter what tho of book, so much as it was good.

 

I can list countless books that have influenced my life or storks I’ve learned from but no book has taught me as much as the Book of Mormon.

 

Now from a purely historical point of view, the Book of Mormon tells a fascinating tale of two rival nations and many political and religious intrigues of the culture.

 

From the spiritual point of view, the Book of Mormon has no equal.

 

The Book of Mormon tells of morals, lives of men and women truly lived the gospel whose examples we can learn from. The Book of Mormon contains examples of faith, hope, love, courage, and charity.

 

In the Book of Mormon there are the men and women who become our role-models, our hero’s. Moroni, Ammon, the Stripling Warriors, Mormon or Nephi are just some of the many hero’s we can learn from. If you were to ask a member of the Church who these people are they would be able to tell you the traits and how they were great leaders we can learn from.

 

But what makes the Book of Mormon the most compelling to me is not its exciting tells or the men and women whose lives are contained in its pages. But rather with what the book says to do.

 

Moroni, the last writer/prophet of the Book of Mormon, invites us to pray, find out if this book is true.

 

 

In essence Moroni is saying prove me.

 

Prove me. Prove me.

 

 

Moroni isn’t asking us to take his word that this is true, he’s not asking us to follow Joseph Smith blindly and just take his word that this book is true.

 

No, Moroni tells us to prove him.

 

He promises that either God will reveal that the Book of Mormon is the true word of God or that it won’t happen.

 

The Book of Mormon can’t be half true, it can’t be just a good book.

 

It is either all of God or all of the Devil.

 

Really that’s pretty much it.

 

So that’s what us missionaries are out here to do, we want to give people that chance for themselves to find out if this is true. To either prove what we’re saying is true or prove that it isn’t.

 

We invite others to find out if this true because if it is, it will be the most important news you will receive in your life.

 

So do you want to know what the news is? Well you gotta give this book a chance then.

BOM

So this past week Elder Dobson and I were asked why there aren’t crosses on the Mormon Chapels?

Well I will do my best to answer this question but none of this should be taken as LDS doctrine nor as anything binding, its just my views and beliefs.

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Well before we get into crosses and religion why not find out where did the cross come from, what did it originally represent, and what made it the symbol of Christianity.

Well the earliest relics we have of a cross is from ancient Egypt, called the Egyptian Cross or an Ankh the symbol of the life, regeneration and the sun. Its found in ancient hieroglyphics and often was associated with the Egyptian sun god as his symbol of power. The Ankh was much like the Roman cross except instead of it having the 4 bars the top bar ended in a loop.

Another possible birthplace of the cross is ancient Greece. We don’t really know what it represented to them but we know it was imprinted on coins as early as 1500 B.C. and it was 4 bars of equal length. The coins mainly were found around Athens and its nearby villages.

The last cross I’ll be going over is the Roman Cross or the type that Christ was crucified on. The Roman Cross has the standard 4 bars with the bottom one being twice as long as the top 3 that are all the same length. Interestingly enough the cross first became prominent in Christianity about the 3rd century AD thanks to Constantine’s victory at the Milvian Bridge. A brief summary of the story goes like this, Constantine and his army were marching down through modern Italy on his way to Rome to fight to become the emperor of all Rome. He was worried that he would not be able to conquer, after all he was the invader and his army was tired from its long conquest. He prayed for help, a way to conquer and come out victorious. ┬áHis prayer was answered by a cross appearing in the sky with the words burning on it “Conquer by this.” Still doubting he was visited by Christ in the night who told him the same thing and as a result he used that emblem as his and he conquered and become emperor and the cross became a symbol of Christianity.

So first and foremost I’ll state my beliefs on the whole crosses, the cross represents death, it was how Romans killed people in a spectacle to scare people away from opposing Roman beliefs. Being crucified wasn’t a fun, quick, easy death.

It was brutal, absolutely brutal and ruthless.

It took hours of agonizing torture for those crucified to die and they wouldn’t die from the nails, they died from exhaustion, from pain, from their bodies being completely destroyed. It was a horrible way to die.

Why would we choose to have the object that Christ, our Lord and Savior hang on our walls, our churches and be in our lives is beyond me. Yes Christ died for our sins and myself and all members of the LDS church are grateful for that but that doesn’t mean we remember his death, we remember his life, what he did and most importantly That He Lives. Nothing has greater meaning than this statement, the fact that Jesus Christ the Son of God lives means that we too will live again and that death and hell could not keep him down. He broke the chains of death that had held humanity in its grasp for so long.

So is the cross important to Mormons, Yes, however we choose not to remember the cross so much as to remember the Son of God, the perfect sacrifice, our Savior. He died on the cross for all of us and that’s what’s important, not the way he died but the fact he has Atoned for every sin, every mistake, every pain we’ve done, felt, or seen.

So no we don’t have crosses in our churches, in our churches because we remember Christ rather than the cross. I know that Christ performed the Atonement so that we can all be free from our sins one day and return to live with him again. I know this to be true and so can you. I know through the power of prayer and I testify that you can find out the same way I did. So try it out. Ask your Heavenly Father if he’s there, if he loves you and if Christ really performed the Atonement. Just try it.

Starting Up!

Hello all, this blog is coming to you straight from Arizona.

I am a missionary in the Arizona Phoenix Mission, a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I get the great opportunity to go out and serve my Lord, Jesus Christ for two years of my life. I serve with various other young men who age from 18 to 25 as we go around trying to help our spiritual brothers and sisters.

A lot of people however have misconceptions about what life is like as a Mormon Missionary so that’s what this blog will simply be about, life as a missionary down in Arizona. If you ever have questions about the Church, about what we believe or what it’s like to be a missionary feel free to ask. We as missionaries will answer any question as best we can and we promise to never be offended.

Included in this blog will be stories from my time serving in the mission, quotes and pictures that are particularly powerful and whatever else I feel could help anyone who reads this.

If you ever want to ask a question directly to me you can contact me via my email of logan.longhurst@myldsmail.net

Hope you enjoy