#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 14 and has read the Book of Mormon several times since then and continues to affirm its truthfulness and helpfulness in his life (He is currently studying the New Testament in preparation for his first year of seminary). His sister followed his example and also read the Book of Mormon in the year preceding her baptism. 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. This year we are reading with my fourth child as he prepares for his baptism in October. I have two 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” (see “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 at which you are studying 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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26 responses to “#BOMTC Day 85, June 30~Moroni 10 or Pages 530-531: “I Would Exhort You”

  • Rita winmill

    I loved every post, every word of wisdom. I have again gained a stronger testimony of this book to be a second witness that Gid lives, that Jesus Christ is His first Son and that I’m just here On a trip back home.

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  • Mary Wockenfuss

    I finished this morning! Yay!!! I had fallen behind for a couple of weeks and had started to wonder if I would finish on time. BUT I persevered!!! I caught up! The spirit was strong, especially as I read these last few pages. I’ve seen so many things that I haven’t before in all the other times I’ve read the Book of Mormon, which I enjoy greatly. I have no doubt I will still be learning more about the truths in this special Book for the rest of my life. Every time I read, it is reaffirmed that this book is the word of God, and a companion to the Bible.

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    • Bro Simon Says

      Amen, Sister! I am grateful for your witness and your effort to study the Book of Mormon. Keep on studying the scriptures EVERY DAY!!! My son and I are studying the New Testament this summer to get ready for him to start seminary this year. It is helping me to stay diligent in my efforts to drink deeply from the spirit in the scriptures each day. Drink up 🙂

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  • Loni Bennett

    Thank you for all of the time you put into this Book of Mormon challenge! I learned so much from all of your posts, and I often will go back to them as I teach my primary lessons to the 11-12 year olds! Thank you! It was a great challenge and it felt great to finish on time today! Especially because there was a time I was about 12 days behind. Thank you again! I’m going to continue on to read D&C and then the Bible! Thank you for all of your time! -Loni Bennett

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    • Bro Simon Says

      Wow! You really worked hard to be able to catch up like that and finish on time 🙂 Make sure you stay on pace for the rest of the standard works. You will be able to see a lot of connections in the scriptures that you haven’t seen before. I love taking different approaches to the study of the scriptures because it helps me to see what I had not discovered before. Keep me updated on the scripture study and best wishes!

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  • Tamara Harris

    I’m done! And what a great experience it has been. Thank you for sharing so much of your time and talents. I have enjoyed your insights as I’ve studied the B of M these past few months. My testimony of the B of M and has grown. I can’t wait to keep this going and finish the rest of the standard works this year.

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    • Bro Simon Says

      Congratulations! And I know you will have a great experience studying the entire standard works!!! It can be a real challenge some days to carve out enough time to study, so make it a priority and stay on pace. Let me know how it is going and how it goes in the future!

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  • midgetaylor143

    I have such joy as I read your comments. I too love the Book of Mormon. A neighbor and I read from each pages most mornings. He has other activities, and when I am too sick to get up, I know I can still listen to it as I have it on CD. I also have the conference talks on CD and find much encouragement to keep going.

    While the load may be heavy at times, I know that the Lord is with me, just as He was with those in the Book of Mormon. Thank you for having this little group each year. I am looking forward to next year.

    Gentle hugs to you and yours,
    Midge

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    • Bro Simon Says

      Many great-big hugs right back at ya, Sister Midge! Your faithfulness in the face of adversity is a great strength. You are a great example of not just enduring to the end, but ENJOYING to the end. KEEP IT UP, good Sister! See you in 2017 🙂

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  • Velma torgersen

    My gratitude is more than I have words to express how grateful I am that my daughter taught me about this challenge. I have had 7 daughters and granddaughters reading along with you. It seems almost daily some would comment on their experience Reading. It has been a wonderful, spiritual experience and brought us closer to the gospel and each other. So many times the reading of that day helped one or more with challenges in their lives. Thank you and may Heavenly Father continually bless you for this creating this challenge. Your ability to understand and open the scriptures up more fully to our understanding is a miracle to each one. Thank you so much. God bless you always in your righteous desires and with your family. Thanks Thanks Thanks

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    • Bro Simon Says

      What a wonderful message! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your family’s experience and gratitude. I really just play a very small part in this whole #BOMTC thing, but it is a part that I am grateful to be a part of and I hope that you will join us again next year–with even more friends and family 🙂 Keep encouraging each other to study the scriptures and live the gospel! All the best to you and your family!!!

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  • L Boren

    Finished! Thank you so much, Brother Simon, for your posts and your testimony of the Book of Mormon. They have blessed my life and I feel like I have found a new friend. I’m going to feel parched tomorrow when I’m not drinking from the “firehose,” but I’m sure I’ll adjust back to more normal-sized sips and swallows of daily study. 🙂

    ~L Boren

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  • Sharon

    Thank you for being with us each and every day yet again!

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  • koreendiane

    I finished! Once again, it was a marvelous spiritual experience!!!!

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  • Tamara Fotheringham

    I finished the Book of Mormon Translation Challenge for the third year in a row! Thanks for an awesome experience!

    Tamara Fotheringham

    On Thursday, June 30, 2016, The Book of Mormon Translation Challenge wrote:

    > Bro Simon Says posted: ” 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 pr” >

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  • Mandi Blake

    Just wanted to add my name to the list for finishing. I finished yesterday but forgot to send my name. Thank you so much for putting this together. I learned so much and it pushed me to read it faster and study it more than I ever have. Really enjoyed it. Thank you!
    Mandi Blake

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  • Sheila

    Finished ! Thanks Again for providing this challenge !

    Sheila Black

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  • Debra Larsen

    I enjoyed your comments each day. I loved the insights that you brought out. Things I had never thought or looked at before. Thank you so much. I finally finished last night. Thank you

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