#BOMTC Day 85, June 30~Moroni 10 or Pages 530-531: “I Would Exhort You”

#BOMTC Day 85, June 30~Moroni 10 or Pages 530-531, I Would Exhort You

I don’t like to take much of your time on the last day of the #BOMTC because I know many of you are trying to finish the Book of Mormon.

A Marvelous Work and a Wonder

Isaiah prophesies of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon

Moroni 10 contains the prophet Moroni’s final words before he sealed up the record to be brought forth by the gift and power of God.

#BOMTC Day 85, June 30~Moroni 10 or Pages 530-531, Moroni buries the plates (5)

About 1,400 years before Joseph Smith received the gold plates, Moroni concluded his father’s record by writing some final exhortations to those who would receive the Book of Mormon in the last days (see Moroni 10:1–2). The word exhort means to urge, advise, caution earnestly, admonish urgently. Moroni used the word nine times in the final chapter of the Book of Mormon.

Book of Mormon Testimonies

Prophets and Apostles discuss the importance of gaining a testimony of the Book of Mormon. (3:46)

Moroni’s first exhortation can be found in Moroni 10:1–2, and “I would exhort you” to look for the remaining exhortations that Moroni felt inspired to include in this final chapter and consider which one applies to you and your current situation in life.

#BOMTC Day 85, June 30~Moroni 10 or Pages 530-531, Moroni 10~4 (1)

Perhaps the most well know exhortations extended by Moroni are those found in Moroni 10:3-5. These verses have always meant a lot to me. I am a living witness of the veracity of the Book of Mormon.

#BOMTC Day 85, June 30~Moroni 10 or Pages 530-531, Moroni buries the plates (2)

As a young man I experimented with Moroni’s exhortations in relation to the Book of Mormon and I found the book to be true. As a father I have also exhorted my children to do the same. On one occasion my oldest son was finishing the Book of Mormon for the first time. He had made a goal for himself to read the entire Book of Mormon before he was baptized. He started on his 7th birthday and read 15 verses a day to finish by his 8th birthday. My wife or I would read each night with him, alternating verses. When we arrived at this second exhortation, relating to the Book of Mormon, I was reading with him. I asked him if he was going to accept Moroni’s challenge and pray to know for himself that the Book of Mormon is true. He casually responded that he was not going to do so. Surprised by his response, and a bit worried, I asked him why he wasn’t going to do it. With all of the innocence and sincerity of a seven-year-old, but with the wisdom of a sage, he responded with words along these lines:

“I don’t need to pray to know that the Book of Mormon is true. I already feel the Holy Ghost tell me that it is true every time I am reading it.”

#BOMTC Day 85, June 30~Moroni 10 or Pages 530-531, Moroni buries the plates (4)

Well, what can I say to that? That was one of the most exciting moments as a parent that I had experienced up to that point. He is now 13 and has read the Book of Mormon almost every day (on his own) since he first finished it. He has completed it several times since then and continues to affirm its truthfulness and helpfulness in his life (He is currently studying the Old Testament). His sister followed his example and also read the Book of Mormon in the year preceding her baptism and continues to read it personally on a daily basis. She is completed it for the third time on her own as part of The Book of Mormon Translation Challenge 2014.

Mission Accomplished! Finished Reading the Book of Mormon on 8/17/14

Mission Accomplished! 3rd kiddo to finish reading the Book of Mormon (8/17/14)

My next oldest (our third child) also finished reading the Book of Mormon to prepare for his baptism last September. He read at least 15 verses a day in an effort to finish his study by then. I have three other young children that I pray will follow the example of their older siblings.

#BOMTC Day 85, June 30~Moroni 10 or Pages 530-531, Moroni buries the plates (1)

And that brings us to my personal exhortation for you with this final blog posting. When my oldest son finished the Book of Mormon that first time I asked him, “What will you read tomorrow?” and his response was, “I will start at the beginning of the Book of Mormon again.” YAAAAY!!!

I will use the words of Moroni and President Henry B. Eyring to extend this extra exhortation to you:

And now my beloved blog-buddies, “I would exhort you” that when you have finished studying the Book of Mormon as part of the Book of Mormon Translation Challenge, that you would “go back to the Book of Mormon and drink deeply and often” because, “great faith has a short shelf life” (“Spiritual Preparedness: Start Early and Be Steady“, Ensign, Nov. 2005).

And to those of you who may not have finished reading the Book of Mormon by June 30, “I would exhort you” to remember that it is the direction that you are headed and not the speed that is important on this journey to study the Book of Mormon. DON’T STOP STUDYING!

#BOMTC Day 85, June 30~Moroni 10 or Pages 530-531, Moroni 10~32 (1)

Finally, THANK YOU!

  • Thank you for accepting the challenge to read the Book of Mormon in the time that it took Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to translate it.
  • Thank you for making time in your busy schedules to study this holy book–Another Testament of Jesus Christ.
  • Thank you for sharing your comments on this blog and on our Facebook Page/Group.
  • Thank you for inviting me into your life to share my thoughts and excitement for the Book of Mormon with you.

#BOMTC Day 85, June 30~Moroni 10 or Pages 530-531, Moroni 10~32

PLEASE leave a comment at the bottom of this post (or our Facebook Page or Facebook Group) letting me know that you FINISHED studying the Book of Mormon. I would like to add your names to the list on this blog of those who completed the Book of Mormon Translation Challenge.

A Book with a Promise

The Book of Mormon is a book with a promise. Although its history is compelling by itself, it is a book of scriptural significance that should be received and read under the influence of the Holy Ghost.

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13 responses to “#BOMTC Day 85, June 30~Moroni 10 or Pages 530-531: “I Would Exhort You”

  • Janna Kaas

    i loved the challenge and all the other reading from the blog that went with it. Thank you so much for providing such a great study plan! I’ll miss it, but will not miss a day of feasting on the word. It’s a habit for life!

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  • midgetaylor143

    I am so going to miss your daily infusion of hope and encouragement. I love studying with others, to gain fresh insight into those things I know to be true. Being a single woman of age, it is not easy to find others who will be faithful in doing this.

    Just so you know, I shall continue to read and learn and do what I have been doing since first hearing the good words of the missionaries back in 1973. I knew the Bible had the words of truth and I loved Isaiah for many years. When i saw his words contained in the Book of Mormon, it lifted my heart. I too know that the Book of Mormon can lead us to be better people, and shall continue to pray for you, the prophets, the missionaries, and all those whom strive to serve the Lord in whichever way He calls them.

    My calling in this life has been to help others that did not know who God is. It was a blessing to introduce them to Him and His beloved Son. Now, I can help others find their families and take them to the Holy Temples. I was blessed to have a “different” sort of upbringing, thus I can help those that no one else wanted to help. I hope everyone receives a Patriarchal blessing and then reads it and follows it’s counsel. It is our very own Liahona.

    You have been wonderful, Brother Simon, and I pray for your family to withstand the evil that is among us. May your posterity all be blessed because of your kindness and willingness to be a living witness of truth in this time of history. Hugs, from a distance.

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  • Maria Luisa Torres

    Dear Brother Simon, thank you so very much for your great efforts in expanding our understanding and love for this great book. The Book of Mormon has become part of my soul! I ponder it’s messages daily as I go about my day.
    My husband and I have read it together. It has strengthen our marriage and helped deepen our love for one another.
    May you be blessed personally for sharing your insights,love and testimony of this sacred text.

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  • Jo Ann Okelberry

    Dear Brother Simon,
    Thank you so much for doing this challenge again. Your presentation for each reading section makes the reading more interesting and challenging. I, too, have felt like your son. I don’t think I have ever prayed and asked Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon is true because every time I read it, I feel the truth witnessed to me.
    I hope you repeat this next year because it is a good challenge.

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  • Marlyn Barnes

    How can I start this program over from the begining?

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  • Tim Naylor

    Thank you so much for putting this together. It was wonderful to renew my efforts in reading the Book of Mormon and your comentary was amazing. Plus it feels great to be a finisher!

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  • Starr Logsdon

    I finished another Book of Mormon Translation Challenge! 🙂 Very rewarding, uplifting, and a wonderful testimony building experience. I will definitely see you next year! 🙂 I am a Mormon! (and I ❤ it!)

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  • Kim Bishop

    Finished! Thanks for doing this each year. It’s a great way to study the Book of Mormon.

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  • T Petersen

    Thank you for leading us on this wonderful 85 day journey. I did the challenge last year and loved it. This year I invited my daughter and two sister-in-laws to follow along. It was an awesome added dimension. I too love the Book of Mormon and have been blessed with a witness of its truthfulness each and every time I’ve read it. I so appreciate all the extra studies you included with each day. Thank you!

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  • Maria Luisa Torres

    Bro Simon, I have a question for you. I am now studying D&C. At the time of section 8, was Oliver Cowdery authorized to view the plates? I know they were under strict command that on one except Joseph see them, not even Emma his wife. Maria Luisa Torres

    Sent from my iPad

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