The Book of Mormon and Kids/Teens (The B.O.M. Series 3 of 7)

In the last two posts, we’ve talked about the many blessings of reading from the Book of Mormon daily; an increase in dopamine, a decrease in feelings of loneliness, and increase in personal revelation and your own testimony, an increase in mental health, and familial relationships, an ability to divine truth from lies, a stronger relationship with Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father and a knowledge of our standing in Their lives, and so much more! And these blessings are available for the youth in our lives as well. 


Here’s a story from one youth who discovered the blessing of reading the Book of Mormon for himself. 


“My family and I joined the Church when I was 12. At the time, I had no idea of the magnitude of that gift. I didn’t even know if the Church was true, but my father and mother were impressed with the message the missionaries carried. I liked the missionaries too but didn’t fully understand what they were saying. Eventually they invited us to be baptized, and my family decided we would join as a family or not at all. I agreed and was baptized without ever being converted.


“I attended church and seminary, but my family later fell away. I had friends at church and went to seminary and Mutual to be with them. I didn’t care about the gospel or the teachings and thought church was generally boring. My life grew troubled as I began to engage in activities such as shoplifting and vandalism. My father became abusive, and I thought about suicide.


“However, suicide was never an option. I couldn’t do that to my mother, whom I loved deeply. So I was left to find an answer. I looked around and saw my friends from church. The one thing they had that I didn’t was a testimony. So at the age of 16, four years after my baptism, I sat down to read the Book of Mormon for the first time.


“It was difficult, and it took me nearly two years. As I read in 3 Nephi about the Savior’s visit to the Nephites after His Resurrection, where He blesses their children and angels descend from heaven and encircle them, it was as though I stood among the Nephites and saw with my own eyes that miraculous event. The Holy Ghost bore witness of that great moment.


“I could not read anymore, as my eyes blurred with tears. When I regained my composure, I continued reading. A few more weeks passed, and I finished the book, knelt, and prayed to know if it was true. But I got no answer.


“Days passed with me kneeling regularly and pleading to know if the book was true, if the Church was true, but still I got no answer. Despairing, weeks after I’d finished reading, I knelt one more time and asked, “Heavenly Father, is the Book of Mormon true?” The answer that came was not what I expected: “I have already told you. You know it is.”


“I had gained my testimony weeks before, when I read about Christ blessing the children. I knew that this Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the kingdom of God on earth, restored by a prophet and led by a prophet, as in days of old.


“It is no exaggeration to say that the Book of Mormon saved my life, but it would be more accurate to say the restored gospel saved me and continues to renew me and nourish me each day. It is my most precious possession.” - The Book That Saved My Life, Liahona, 2017 


Here are two more touching and inspiring stories about youth finding and building their testimonies. First, Just Read and Pray, and second, Accepting a Prophet’s Challenge.


Getting kids involved in scripture study can be hard, we know from personal experience. We found this wonderful article on LDS Living called 6 Tips for Getting Your Teen to Read the Book of Mormon that you can read here. 


And here’s your weekly quote: 


"Regular reading of and talking about the Book of Mormon invites the power to resist temptation and to produce feelings of love within our families. And discussions about doctrines and principles in the Book of Mormon provide opportunities for parents to observe their children, to listen to them, to learn from them, and to teach them."

 - David A. Bednar


Now we want to hear from you! Do you have personal stories about finding your testimony as a youth, and how it positively influenced your life? Do your kids? Or do you have advice on how to help kids get excited about the Book of Mormon? If so, hit that reply button and let us know. And stay tuned for next week's email. We’re diving into proofs of the Book of Mormon—it’s going to blow your mind! (It’ll also be a fun one to share with your kids. *wink)


Cedar Fort Family

P.S. Catch the whole B.O.M. Series here:

The Book of Mormon and Science  (The B.O.M. Series 1 of 7)

The Book of Mormon and Personal Revelation (The B.O.M. Series 2 of 7)

The Book of Mormon and Kids/Teens (The B.O.M. Series 3 of 7)

Proofs of the Book of Mormon (The B.O.M. Series 4 of 7)

Book of Mormon Villains and What We Can Learn from Them. (The B.O.M. Series 5 of 7)

The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon (The B.O.M. Series 6 of 7)

Miracles of the Book of Mormon (The B.O.M. Series 7 of 7)


P.P.S. Don’t forget to check out our Book of Mormon Collection here. Looking to inspire and motivate your kids and teens into a love for studying and learning about the Book of Mormon? We got you covered from The Book of Mormon Made Easier for Teens, to Defenders of the Faith: The Book of Mormon from a Soldier’s Perspective, to Book of Mormon Stories for Kids, to Book of Mormon Activity Books, board games, and more! 

P.P.P.S. We’re starting a Young Adult fiction section on our app and expect to have multiple new authors, books, and series joining up next year. If you’re looking for excellent and clean fiction for your kids and teens, our app has tons of books you can read. Learn more here