Monday, June 13, 2011

Happy Birthday JSMB

First of all, I have to give a big Happy Birthday to the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (formerly Hotel Utah).  100 years old and looking absolutely stunning for her age.  I remember this building as the Hotel Utah when I was younger and then to see it tranformed into the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, it continues to welcome people from all of the world to its beautiful reception rooms, restaurants, family history center, and theater.  This is a photo I took a while ago of the front lobby area of the building.

I am also very grateful for the building's namesake.  Joseph Smith restored the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth.  He translated the Book of Mormon which stands as another witness of Jesus Christ.  I don't understand why more people don't embrace a book that testifies of our Savior and can bring such peace and happiness to our lives.  The Book of Mormon contains a promise at the very end of the book that once you have read the book and you sincerely pray about it, that the Lord will manifest the truth of it unto you.  It is because of the prophet Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon that I know who I am.  I know the great plan of happiness.  I know that my Redeemer lives and that I can live with him again.  Here is a quote from Elder Jeffrey R Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,

"Not everything in life is so black and white, but the authenticity of the Book of Mormon and its keystone role in our religion seem to be exactly that. Either Joseph Smith was the prophet he said he was, a prophet who, after seeing the Father and the Son, later beheld the angel Moroni, repeatedly heard counsel from Moroni's lips, and eventually received at his hands a set of ancient gold plates that he then translated by the gift and power of God, or else he did not. And if he did not, he would not be entitled to the reputation of New England folk hero or well-meaning young man or writer of remarkable fiction. No, nor would he be entitled to be considered a great teacher, a quintessential American religious leader, or the creator of great devotional literature. If he had lied about the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, he would certainly be none of these...

If Joseph Smith did not translate the Book of Mormon as a work of ancient origin, then I would move heaven and earth to meet the "real" nineteenth-century author. After one hundred and fifty years, no one can come up with a credible alternative candidate, but if the book were false, surely there must be someone willing to step forward-if no one else, at least the descendants of the "real" author-claiming credit for such a remarkable document and all that has transpired in its wake. After all, a writer that can move millions can make millions. Shouldn't someone have come forth then or now to cashier the whole phenomenon? "    

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