He tells us that we make three promises at baptism:
- First, we promised to become charitable. Second, we promised to become witnesses of God. And third, we promised to endure.
Let's look at each of these promises separately.
We promised to become charitable.
He speaks of the day of service that the Church started at this time. He speaks of King Benjamin helping us understand that when we serve others, we serve God.
- As you serve others for Him, He lets you feel His love. And in time, feelings of charity become part of your very nature.
He encourages us to look to the example of King Benjamin who served his people and lead them to Christ by his acts of charity.
We promised to become witnesses of God.
- Just as you promised God to become charitable, you promised to be His witness wherever you may be throughout your life.
We promise to be witnesses of God at all times. Again we can look to the people of Alma as a people that committed to live the gospel. The Book of Mormon is full of examples of people that turn their lives to Christ and follow Him despite trials that they face.
- The effect of the Book of Mormon on your character, power, and courage to be a witness for God is certain. The doctrine and the valiant examples in that book will lift, guide, and embolden you.
He speaks about the effects of reading the Book of Mormon on missionaries and families. There is power in the Book of Mormon and if we make the Book of Mormon a part of our lives, it will change us for the better.
- Every missionary who is proclaiming the name and gospel of Jesus Christ will be blessed by daily feasting from the Book of Mormon. Parents who struggle to get a witness of the Savior into the heart of a child will be helped as they seek for a way to bring the words and the spirit of the Book of Mormon into the home and all the lives in their family. That has proven true for us.
We promised to endure.
- We covenanted to endure, to keep the commandments of God as long as we live.
President Eyring uses the example of Moroni in the Book of Mormon to talk about ensuring to the end. He was alone for years without anyone to help or support him. But despite his loneliness, he continued to follow the Savior until the end. Some of the greatest passages in the Book of Mormon come from Moroni in this dark and lonely period of his life.
- He was a truly converted child of God, as we can be: filled with charity, constant and fearless as a witness of the Savior and His gospel, and determined to endure to the end.
In conclusion, President Eyring bears his testimony of the power of the Book of Mormon in his life and encourages us to seek our own witness of it's truthfulness.
- Your copy of the Book of Mormon may be hidden from your view by cares and attention to all you have accumulated in your journey. I plead with you to drink deeply and often from its pages. It has in it the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the only way home to God.
I love it when people testify of the power within the Book of Mormon. I have learned this for myself over time. I have felt the power that it contains to change my desires, my passions, and my focus in life to follow the Savior. I have learned that frequent studying and learning from the examples in the Book of Mormon help me improve my character, strengthen my belief in the Savior, and encourage me to make daily decisions that allow the Holy Ghost to be part of my life. It wasn't always like this. I had to experiment with this idea many years ago. I determined if the Book of Mormon was true, and Joseph Smith said I could get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, I needed to test that for myself. I put the reading of the Book of Mormon into my daily schedule and over a short period of time, I saw the blessings that are talked about. I soon found that I was more patient, more caring, and more obedient to the commandments. I also found that I knew what I should do to help others in need more clearly. I found that when I spoke to people about changes that they needed to make in their lives, I could use simple examples from the scriptures to demonstrate the effects of the decisions they would make. Daily reading enabled me to have those examples at the front of my mind and to easily recall them to help others. There is power in the Book of Mormon to change lives. It has changed mine and I know it can change yours. Please, make daily scripture reading a part of your life.