Another Witness

I believe I am as well acquainted with the Holy Bible as any man, and better acquainted with it than most. I know it to be the word of God. The Old Testament in the Bible testifies of the coming of the Holy One of Israel, but few there be that understand it, or recognize the Messianic prophecies concerning His coming found in its chapters. The New Testament speaks of Him of whom the prophets testified, recounting the story of His divine birth in the meridian of times; of His pure and sinless life; and of His great atoning sacrifice, which began in Gethsemane and culminated on the Cross, wherein He took upon Himself the sins of all men and women, on condition of their repentance and absolute compliance with His commandments thereafter. It speaks of His glorious resurrection from the dead. We live in a time of skepticism and naysayers. Even amongst “learned” church leaders there can be found those who question the divinity of His birth and His glorious resurrection. Hence comes into play the divine law of witnesses, which law states that “in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” (2 Corinthians 13:1; see also Deuteronomy 17:6 and 19:15: Matthew 18:15-16; John 8: 12-29) A second witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ of which the Holy Bible testifies is found in The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. The book is written unto the convincing of Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, the Holy One of Israel. I testify that He who walked amongst men as Jesus of Nazareth is the Only Begotten of the Father. He is the Christ, chosen and ordained to become the one and only Savior and Redeemer of mankind, on condition of their repentance. It is my solemn and sacred witness that the Book of Mormon is true, and that one day you and I will stand before the bar, and you will then remember that I testified of its veracity, for “if they are not the words of Christ, judge ye…for Christ will show unto you, with power and great glory, that they are His words, at the last day…” (2 Nephi 33:11, The Book of Mormon) I testify also that it was written by way of commandment, sealed up, and hid up unto the Lord that (it) might not be destroyed, to come forth in due time…the interpretation by the gift of God. I testify further that Joseph Smith, a latter day prophet of God, was raised up for the very purpose of bringing forth the Book of Mormon. “In the short space of twenty years, he brought forth the Book of Mormon, which he translated by the gift and power of God.” To seal the testimony of the Book of Mormon, he laid down his life as a martyr, as have other prophets before him, and his brother Hyrum died with him. “They were shot in Carthage jail, on the 27th of June, 1844, about five o’clock p.m., by an armed mob painted black of from 150 to 200 persons. Hyrum was shot first and fell calmly, exclaiming: I am a dead man! Joseph leaped from the window, and was shot dead in the attempt, exclaiming: O Lord my God! They were both shot after they were dead, in a brutal manner, and both received four balls.” (Doctrine and Covenants 135:1) Of these things I testify, telling you that they are true. You may reject the message, but you will remember in a later day that I declared it unto you, in the hallowed name of Jesus Christ, amen.