We had been out under the Florida summer sun, in the hot and humid weather- our backpacks sticking to our backs and our shirts sticking to our skin. We biked a fair amount this morning and worked hard with the reward of our lunch time in view. We finally arrived at our destination for lunch, The Olive Garden! Some hospitable members of the church had asked us if they could take us out for a meal, and without hesitation we accepted their request. And so, after a delicious meal, we had rejuvenated and refueled; ready to get back out on the bikes and preach the gospel.
As we unlocked our bikes and put on our helmets an elderly man walked up to my companion and I. He said, “I got one question for ya’ll, where do you go if you die today?” Well, this is a profound question in my opinion. One that philosophers and scholars alike have studied for centuries. Yet, as a young 19 year old I was able to boldly give a simple and true answer to this learned man.
The answer is found in The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. This question, is a deep question of the soul but answered quite simply in the book of Alma as the prophet Alma testifies:
ALMA 40:11-13, 23
11. Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection—Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.
12. And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.
13. And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of the wicked, yea, who are evil—for behold, they have no part nor portion of the Spirit of the Lord; for behold, they chose evil works rather than good; therefore the spirit of the devil did enter into them, and take possession of their house—and these shall be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth, and this because of their own iniquity, being led captive by the will of the devil.
23. The soul shall be restored to the body, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a hair of the head shall not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame.
I may not have answered the man with the eloquence and power that Alma did, but my companion and I were able to give a sound answer to this man because of the knowledge we have received from The Book of Mormon.
I am thankful to have the Book of Mormon along with the Bible. These inspired texts help us to know of God’s plan of happiness for us. The Book of Mormon and Holy Bible go hand in hand just as we told the man outside of Olive Garden who was from the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville. We showed him how the Book of Mormon speaks of the plain and precious truths that have been taken from the Bible. Things such as the spirit world or infant baptism. I have come to know that The Book of Mormon is true. I have received this divine witness by the power of the Holy Spirit, and I know that any man can receive this same witness. If you don’t have a copy of The Book of Mormon, get one. If you have one and aren’t reading it, please do-
It answers the questions of our souls and changes lives.