It was some time ago that I “just believed” in Joseph Smith. My whole life I had believed in him but didn’t know he was truly a prophet chosen by God. Then not too long ago, I had watched a movie about Joseph Smith. I also read the Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith, which is just before the Book of Mormon. I prayed to God and asked if these things were true. My answer came, and it was yes.
Who was Joseph Smith?
He was a latter-day prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
What is a prophet?
A prophet is one who is over the church. They’re our leaders, and they provide us with direction. They also hold the priesthood. The priesthood is the power of God; it is a responsibility for men. A prophet is also a revelator. A revelator is someone who reveals truths. Our current prophet, Thomas S. Monson, reveals divine truths to us. With Joseph Smith being our first prophet, he revealed most of all the truth. A huge part of that truth is the Book of Mormon.
Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon. He did that by the power of God. You may think that he made it all up. A lot of you know that he did not, and a lot of you think that he did. However, I know it is true. And you cannot change the truth. The truth is still the truth, whether you believe it or not.
What is The Book of Mormon?
A Prophet (not a Latter-Day Prophet) named Mormon, a long time ago, recorded history onto plates. Those plates were kept safe, because Mormon buried them when he was finished. After Mormon died, the Dark Ages came into play. When the Dark Ages almost came to an end, Joseph Smith was told by God to retrieve them. Joseph Smith translated the language first into English, and now it is in many different languages. Then the Dark Ages came to an end. But those plates are the Book of Mormon (which is also why we call ourselves Mormons).
But the biggest question is how do you know it’s true?
I have a testimony that I know this is true. A testimony is what you know to be true. And it’s okay if you don’t have a testimony, because you can gain one. The “How?”comes with a few steps, like: reading the Book of Mormon, praying to God, and deciding whether it is true or not.
I invite you to read the Book of Mormon (you can get one here). That is how most of my testimony came through, because I have read—and do read—the Book of Mormon. It’s also easier when you have proof or physical evidence of something so you can believe. The Book of Mormon is evidence: evidence that Joseph Smith is real, evidence of God and Jesus Christ our Savior, and evidence of many other things you will find out, if you read.
However, the faith part (or the no physical evidence part) comes by prayer. You must ask if these things are true. Just kneel down, fold your arms, and say a prayer. Start the prayer to our “Dear Heavenly Father,” then end “In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”
I invite you to read the Book of Mormon, then pray and ask if these things are true. And I know that you will receive your answer. The answer may not come the way you think it will come, but you will receive an answer.