Sunday, October 4, 2009

Salty Hash Browns & The Book of Mormon



This weekend I joined the Mormon force
in watching General Conference from home. This is a two day affair, starting on Saturday and ending Sunday afternoon. We listen to speakers from our church leadership, as well as music from the Mormon Tabernacle choir. I have to say, the whole weekend was really nice. Chup even made us fancy breakfast this morning consisting of eggs, hash browns, cracked wheat toast, hot chocolate, orange juice and sausage. His hash browns were really salty. So we made up a song called, "Salty Hash browns On My Plate" . . . and where am I going with this?

After Elder Holland's rousing testimony of the Book of Mormon, I felt like recording my testimony too. The Book of Mormon is one of my lifelines. In fact, I cannot go for long without reading and studying from its pages. Whenever I am gloomy of heart Chup has been trained to ask, "How long has it been since you studied?" If my mind is not elevated at least once a day to better thoughts, bigger inspirations and quiet revelations my spirit starves. I become horrid. The Book of Mormon is an important part of who I am.

To be sure, I am not a finely tuned saint. I lack in many virtues, but I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know. I know. I know.

And this is how I know:
Twelve years ago I moved to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah. I was twenty years old. I felt like I was at a crossroads in my life, mostly because I was bored. I was self absorbed. I had no real convictions or passions. I was apathetic and probably pathetic too.

The crossing roads presented to me were testimony or doubt. Standing in this critical intersection I decided I should at least read the Book of Mormon, cover to cover, something I had never done before. I was a Mormon who had never read the Book of Mormon, this needed to change.

To save money, I started taking the bus up 13th east everyday to school. In the back of the bus I'd read my navy blue Book of Mormon. When I approached my stop I'd stick in my bookmark and pick it back up eight hours later on my way home. This is when I'd like to add, there were some scary times on that bus. Crazy people and awkward public displays. So good for me.

One day on my way home I became enraptured with a story being told in the book. I can't remember which story it was, but when I arrived at my apartment I unloaded my backpack, coat, scarf, hat, gloves, socks and boots and sunk my body into the couch, book in hand. I couldn't put it down. I read all night and the next day. The book had me captured with stories, testimonies, dreams and declarations.

That weekend I went with my family to our cabin in Wallsburg, Utah. I spent the hours nearing the end of the book. On the last morning of our stay I finished the reading. The Book of Mormon contains a promise in the last chapter, which invites the reader to know the truth of the book by praying. At that point I already knew the book contained the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, so instead I got on my knees and thanked my Heavenly Father for teaching me. For the whole experience. For helping me find my passion again.

Then I left school, went on a mission, and oh boy that is another post entirely.

In the Mormon spirit, I'd like to invite anyone anywhere to do the same, to read The Book of Mormon. Especially if you are down, gloomy, confused, frustrated, lonely or hopeless. If read sincerely, the words will speak to your spirit and teach you some beautiful truths--truths that transcend this sphere. For me, when I read the Book of Mormon I am reminded to replace my fears with faith (which is why I need it every day--fear loves me, has an obsession with my soul).

Gosh, I could write on and on about this subject, but those salty hash browns have given me a salty headache. (Don't tell Chup.) (Too late I already told Chup.)







143 comments:

Bliss said...

awesome.

and i don't mean that in the valley girl way.

Sundance Kid said...

I too loved Elder Holland's talk and it has renewed my desire to read the Book of Mormon, which will be my first time reading it all the way through. I have been struggling with faith lately and have honestly been inactive, but when I heard Elder Holland's talk today I knew I had to act and get reading. I'll be reading and kneeling shortly.

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. :)

Shelley said...

Thank you. Also, our family ate cjane casadillas for Conference lunch. Big hit. Thanks for the Costco tortilla tip. If you are ready for more salt, smash some Costco corn chips into a sharp cheddar one. Yum.

Julie said...

Thank you for this post. Really, thank you.

Katie Rich said...

Thank you for your testimony. I also thought that Elder Holland's talk was really powerful.

Melissa said...

Thank you.

Amanda said...

AMEN! Love your conversion story. Thanks for putting it out there for us!

Kjrsten said...

Holland's testimony was a show stopper! I made the house of buzzing children freeze, with a motherly shuuuuuush! and rewound (thank heavens for DVR) to hear it again, just as soon as he finished it.

Desperado Mom said...

inspirational post...thank you for your testimony!!

i, too, was so moved by Elder Holland's very powerful and moving talk on the Book of Mormon...he boldly laid his testimony out there. it rocked!!

...and well, i can feel your pain on the salty headache...we ate a very salty tator tot casserole after conference- i had to ingest some Advil shortly after to help with the headache!!

tharker said...

Elder Holland's talk was possibly one of my favorite Conference talks I've ever heard. There was such power and conviction in his words, but more important than that was the Spirit that I felt while listening.

It's been too long since I've read the Book of Mormon cover to cover. I dabble in and out of various chapters throughout my studies, but after hearing his talk, I definitely feel the need to read it again.

Thank you for sharing your sweet testimony.

The Squeaky Clean Cleaning Crew said...

Thank you CJane for sharing your testimony. I just loved Elder Holland's talk- could he have put it any plainer how amazing the Book of Mormon truly is! I feel recommited now to read through the entire book. I've started so many times, I can probably retell 1NE word for word! :) I enjoyed your post... as always.

Lisa said...

ANY HUSBAND WHO MAKES BREAKFAST FOR HIS FAMILY IS WORTH HIS WEIGHT IN
SALTY HASHBROWNS!

http://sophie4me.blogspot.com/

HUGS FROM MAINE

Grapefruit said...

Elder Holland's talk was so powerful. I loved it.

Is the mission post coming next? Would love to hear as we served in the same mission, at the same time. (I think.)

Were you the one that died all of her companions' hair a different color?

{megs in wonderland} said...

cjane, i moved to utah from arizona one year ago. its hard to admit, but i have the hardest time with the church since ive been here, like i was drowning spiritually. conferece this weekend, and the little things, like this special post, are exactly what i need right now. youre so awesome. thank you.

Salmon Tolman Family said...

Conference was so uplifting! We listened to all 4 sessions, and I don't remember the last time we did that. Elder Holland's talk was awesome and inspirational. I love your testimonial story about the BOM!!! I have a goal of reading it this year, and I look forward to completing it.
(oh, and btw, I LOVE hashbrowns too!)

Jules said...

I have been following your blogg for over a year now and have never commented before. But... this post is wonderful. I feel exactly the same, spiritually starved if I don't read the Book of Mormon. And I definately need the fear chased away everyday with faith. Thank you.

Sammi said...

I am not mormon but your faith is inspiring.

Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

What a sweet story! I loved conference yesterday too - I love how so many talked about love and serving one another- a principle that is so easy to forget when we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives.

Becky said...

Elder Holland's talk was absolutely amazing. About two months ago I decided I needed to focus more on myself, I was a bit down in the dumps. I decided to read the Book of Mormon before Christmas and I can truly say it changes my life every single day. I'm a better person, mother, and wife. Thanks for your testimony!

Rochelleht said...

Just when I thought Elder Holland couldn't top himself from 6 months ago...

Patti Margarita said...

This inspires me to read it, so thanks :) I love when you write about being LDS. I am not, but am intrigued by the teachings.

Nelda234 said...

I am not Mormon, but I borrowed the Book of Mormon from a friend sometime last year, after I first read about Nie and started reading your blog. I've been so busy with many jobs that I haven't had time to read it. I saw it this morning and decided I should probably give it back to its owner. But then I read your post and I think I'll make the time to read and learn more about your religion. While I can't say I will ever convert, it would be good to become more enlightened. Thank you for your very heartfelt post and all your inspiration.

Shepherd Family ACAL said...

Elder Holland's talk was so powerful... Probably the one I remember most...I Love your testimony of this book of scripture also, thank you for sharing it...I don't want to forget how important it is to me... I am going to read it now!

Lisa said...

Read it 14 years ago. Before I read it, I did 5 years of study & research to dispute it. Then I actually read it. Now....love it...crave it....it's my "True North."

Jeremy & Erin Morin said...

I feel the way you do about the Book of Mormon with the Bible. I thirst for God's word and truth in my life. Just to learn of God's character through His scripture is truly amazing. I went to a Beth Moore conference this year and was also blown away by her testimony and the power that God's word has had over her life. I thank God for women who can speak so clearly of His grace and mercy.

Have a wonderful week!

Melanie Anne said...

Beautiful post! I too felt the POWER of Elder Hollands talk--even my 5 boys were quiet as he testified. It was awesome! I love your testimony too! Thank you!

The Hopkins Home said...

I feel that way about the Bible - it is my true north and if I don't get myself in the word on a regular/daily basis I feel like I'm drowning.

Holly said...

I think it's amazing that no matter the venue, from a pulpit or on a blog, when testimony of the Book of Mormon is given, I can't help but feel the spirit and have my testimony refreshed. I love it.

Shari said...

It is amazing how I can jump on your blog for a quick pick me up and come away refreshed and enlightened. Your post spoke to me in a way I can not explain. Thank you for putting yourself out there. I appreciate you. THANK YOU!!

Sally said...

Elder Hollads testimony was amazing. One that I will always remember.

And completely unrelated. My son just walked by, saw your header and said "Mom that's the tooth fairy!"

B said...

CJane,

Thank you so much for not being hesitant to use your blog to share your testimony. Reading the comments from non-members here warms my heart, entirely. To anyone who posted, who is intrigued with the LDS church, I second CJane's testimony with the promises of the Book of Mormon. Give it a read! What have you got to lose? I think if you go to LDS.Org you can request a free copy.
CJane, can you tell us about your mission? Please?

kirsten said...

Amen.

Emma Jo said...

OK, I have a confession, it has been many months since I left my last comment...I am a blog lurker, but that is OK because sometimes I like to just sink back and read people, and I like your bloggy blog.
ANYwho, this weekend I joined my lovely husband at work (on a submarine, really) with our daughters to bring him dinner. We sat and turned the TV on to the only kid approved channel on the boat and guess what was on? Benji, Off the Leash...and guess what?! I saw someone that I recognized and giggled. Your husband is famous. He worked with Benji for crying out loud. My kids now love Benji.

Emma Jo said...

...not to take away from your lovely post and testimony. I love the Book of Mormon too, and also, we had hashbrowns too.

Andrea said...

Beautiful and inspiring. Thank you!

Tina said...

thank you, I feel the same as you. Elder Holland's talk inspired me to read a little longer and to pray a little longer.

nicci said...

wondering...why not just read the Bible from cover to cover to learn and fall in love with Jesus?

Heather said...

Beautiful, I relished in Elder Holland's talk. Wish my 2 apostate brothers had heard it too.

Heather said...

To Nicci, when you read the Book that is who you fall in love with on a deeper level. " We rejoice in Christ..." In all things.

Trisha said...

Amen! I too read the Book of Mormon cover to cover a lot later in life (as a born and raised member of the church) than I should have. But I read it and loved it and can't seem to stop reading now. My kids are 11 and 9 now and we read it as a family like a book club. We read on our own during the week and then get together to discuss on Sundays. It has been a wonderful experience for our family. I just started taking an adult religion class on Fridays while my kids are in school and we are studying the Book of Mormon. I can't get enough of it. Thank you for sharing your testimony. I think you kind of rock.

The Dorschel Family said...

I must agree with Nicci.

I would challenge you to do the same with the Holy Bible...the true and perfect Word of God.

Doty Family said...

His talk was amazing. It gave me goosebumps. What a great post!

Vanessa said...

I am trying to finish by Cmas, only 7 pages a day thats not bad! :) I didn't know you went on a mission, now I want to hear more about that :)

The JAMC Johnsons said...

I was really struck by Elder Holland's talk, as well. I felt the power of his words in an incredible way. Wonderful talk. I read the Book of Mormon through the first time when I was 12. It's been a long time since I've since done that, and now I have the desire to read it all the way again. Beautiful testimony, cjane.

jaimehwkns said...

I have a million thoughts, but as you wrote, you are not that rich (to give me a penny for each). So here's just one: I had a similar experience with reading the Word of God when I was in 8th grade. It truly changed me, reading the Bible from cover to cover, and I believe that is one of the best ways to get to know the Lord and Savior - reading His Word! It was lovely to read your experience.

Wendi said...

Amen, sista! I'm so thankful that you're in blogland. You and Grapefruit are two of my favorites. Fun that you served in the same mission! :)

Thank you for sharing your testimony. We all enjoyed Elder Holland's powerful testimony at our house too--my kids actually sat up and listened on their own during that one. And we all said "Wow!" afterward. I'm hoping to finish reading the Book of Mormon and D&C by Christmas Eve this year. There is definitely power in those books. There is also power in the Bible. They all compliment each other and strengthen my testimony of Jesus Christ. I'm going to try to read the Bible by Christmas Eve next year.

P.S. I thought your signature was cool. I hope you'll bring it back. Oh, and I hope you'll tell us about your mission too. (Okay, end of my comment/epistle!) :)

Donna said...

Feel the same way about the Holy Bible, God's word...it guides me in knowing anything I want to know about Jesus Christ, the messiah!

Annette said...

Thank you for sharing your story in such an honest and beautiful way. I love coming to your site, because the feelings you share stike a chord with me and with women everywhere. Thank You!

Marianne said...

Thank you Courtney! All I can say is AMEN!

Emily said...

I would like to echo all of the comments. I am grateful for the purpose of prophets (those in the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and prophets today) to bring us all closer to Jesus Christ. It is a beauiful thing to have more than one witness working for our good.

The Conrad Family said...

Thank you for sharing your testimony! Yours along with the many shared at Conference inspire me to do a little better! Thank you!

Brian and Tonya said...

Thank you for your testimony. I too loved Elder Hollands talk. My testimony of the Book of Mormon has grown so much in the last year, and that talk helped cement my testimony.

Kristin said...

Thank you for your testimony. Thanks for your faith and example and for sharing your experiences with us.

Patrick and McCall said...

Thank you for your testimony. I am about half way through the b of m and am getting baptised sometime this month!! I am thankful for blogs like yours that help me to with my testimony.
McCall

Kasey said...

beautiful post.
thank goodness we can all have our own beliefs right!
xo

rora said...

Dear cjane's blog,
I love you.
I love cjane.
I love the BoM,
and I love salt. (though i'm not sure my body does....)

Natasha said...

Thank you for your testimony. I, too, loved Elder Holland's talk. Where did you serve your mission?

Bert Bell said...

Praise God for a husband that can cook. As for the salty hashbrowns my granny would have said "Chup must have been in love when he cooked them!" Don't know why she said she must have been in love when she oversalted things, but I guess it is like the mysteries of heaven...something you just have to ponder.

I had 2 nice Mormon fellas stop by my home one evening and they were talking to me about their beliefs...they even left a copy of the Book of Mormon and promised to come see me a few days later after I had time to read it. I couldn't read it! The very Rhema word of God kept coming to me again and again like a tidal wave washing over my spirit reminding me that at the end of God's word in the book of Revelations 22:18-19 "For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to himi the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." According to the timeline testimony of these 2 gentlemen this book was written well after the Bible was written.

I want to be rememberd to my God, Lord, Savior, Master, Friend and Bridegroom as someone who is faithful. When those 2 fellas came back to see me I had to return the book to them unread but with a prayer on my lips of blessing for them. We can agree on somethings, but on this one thing we shall forever disagree. May the Lord bless & keep you, may His glorious face shine upon you & be gracious & give you peace!

Rachel H said...

What a wonderful testimony! Thank you so much. The book of Mormon tesitifies of Christ that is for sure! And I am so happy to know that we can receive spiritual strength and comfort in both written words of God(bible and book of mormon) and via his chosen servants like at conference!

Katie H said...

Thank you for your testimony...

And for reminding me that the Book of Mormon can help us in any time - in our loneliness, despair, heartache - and joys & good times as well. I needed that reminder.

Mollybelle said...

I needed this.
I look up to you...
weird, I know.
I needed to hear this from someone who inspired me for motivation to inspire myself.
Thank you.
Forever.

Barry and Rochelle said...

Thank you you so much for your sweet testimony! Religion can be a tumultuous subject. I feel it important to state that a testimony of the Book of Mormon does not diminish my testimony of the Bible. The Bible is truly the word of God and I love reading about the Savior and the love he spread to everyone. My favorite part of the Book of Mormon is when the resurrected Savior visits the people on the American continent. The spirit I feel as I read the Book of Mormon and its teachings of Christ solidify my testimony of the teachings of Christ in The Bible.

Amber said...

Thank you for sharing your testimony with us. I know it is so personal. I love how you let us into your life through this great blog of yours. I am so thankful for the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible and how they compliment each other. I know that they are the word of God. I just finished the BOM on Sat. and now I am reading the Old Testament.

Elizabeth said...

Cjane - Thank you! I also loved Elder Holland's testimony of the Book of Mormon!

Bert Bell - That is a great point. Jeffrey Holland, the same person that CJane is talking about in this post gave a great response to that argument.

"One of the arguments often used in any defense of a closed canon is the New Testament passage recorded in Revelation 22:18: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of . . . this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.” However, there is now overwhelming consensus among virtually all biblical scholars that this verse applies only to the book of Revelation, not the whole Bible. Those scholars of our day acknowledge a number of New Testament “books” that were almost certainly written after John’s revelation on the Isle of Patmos was received. Included in this category are at least the books of Jude, the three Epistles of John, and probably the entire Gospel of John itself. Perhaps there are even more than these."

You can read the entire article here.

Elizabeth said...

Bert Bell - You can also watch it here.

burkfamily1 said...

That was a lovely story, cjane. :) Thank you for sharing it.
That was one of my favorite talks too. It was so powerful! I sure love that book. And I miss Salt Lake. I love that we just had Conference. I feel new, refreshed, and empowered.

m e l said...

I loved Elder Holland's testimony - I love yours too! Thanks for sharing.

in company with sparkles said...

This is how I feel about the Bible - life giving. Without time alone in the Word, in prayer, in meditation and with my Lord, I am undone. He is good and it's only by His grace that it is so precious to me!

Butternut Sage Designs said...

This was a lovely post Courtney and it opened the hearts of all of us in discussion. Faith is not conclusive, therefore we all have different experiences and convictions in our heart where the Spirit of God dwells. Prayer will answer our questions and grow our knowledge, because God our heavenly Father is always near us, and listens to us. Let us all rejoice in the fact that we are humans wanting to know our Father, and Saviour better. Reading and learning and prayer are the keys! The veil will be lifted in His time if you listen to His word. I am grateful that you speak so openly about your faith so that we all may grow in ours. You have many lessons to teach Courtney, and getting on my knees is one I have learned to be paramount! TFS

Alexa Mae said...

first, LOVELY picture court.
second, that talk was one of my top 3 favorites. i cried and the cried again reading your testimony of it. you are truly are amazing and have such a lovely spirit to be able to touch so many people through your humbling words.

jane said...

Elizabeth,
The warning not to add to God's word is all over the Bible, not only in Revelations. Some examples: Deut.4:2, 12:32; Prov. 30:5-6; 1 Cor. 4:6; Pslams 119:160--and it is quite specific: every word of God.

Peace.

Wendi said...

That post was beautiful! I loved Elder Holland's talk. It was so powerful! Totally off the conference subject--have you had the opportunity to see the zero fatalities video? My husband and girls are in it and I think the video sends out a very powerful message.

midnight hysteria said...

powerful in a paultry word to describe elder holland's talk ... my former husband and i and our five children read the bom from cover to cover throughout all their growing-up year, however not until pres hinckley challenged us to read it before december a few years ago was i able to *see* the book of mormon; my testimony was born of the truth of that book (i had been a member over 30 years when he made that challenge) when i read it with my new husband ... it was like, as we read, a panorama opened before my eyes and i could actually see the battlefields, the mountains, the cities, the armies, as we read ... it was completely amazing to me and gave me a testimony i never had before ... elder holland's talk yesterday added to it ...

another talk that touched my heart deeply (i have three completely inactive children [one the mother of a 14-yr-old neuroblastoma cancer survivor who is almost 15 years old and who, sadly to tevia, attends church by herself ... and one daughter, a returned missionary who *forgot* why we went out]) was from elder eyring sunday morn ... he spoke of the family, how we love each other, how we treat each other, how we honor each other, and how we must do better in our family relationships ... he related that there is a woman's gravestone (a mother and grandmother) near his home with the inscription, *please, no empty chairs* ... she asked for this, he said, because she know that whether the family would be together [forever] depends on the choices each family member makes ... the word *please* is there b/c she knew (i know) neither god nor she (i) can compel another to choose happiness ... excellent conference ...

sorry for rambling, but you all know what i'm talking about and it's good to share with *friends in the gospel*

oh, ps ... we go to the stake center to watch b/c we are not as *focused* as some and are easily distracted away from active listening ... LOL

Elizabeth said...

"The fact of the matter is that virtually every prophet of the Old and New Testament has added scripture to that received by his predecessors. If the Old Testament words of Moses were sufficient, as some could have mistakenly thought them to be, then why, for example, the subsequent prophecies of Isaiah or of Jeremiah, who follows him? To say nothing of Ezekiel and Daniel, of Joel, Amos, and all the rest. If one revelation to one prophet in one moment of time is sufficient for all time, what justifies these many others? What justifies them was made clear by Jehovah Himself when He said to Moses, 'My works are without end, and . . . my words . . . never cease.'"

~Jeffrey R. Holland

Molly's House said...

I am fairly new to reading your blog, and couldn't keep reading without commenting. I want to add my testimony that I know the Book of Mormon is true. Thank you for putting your feelings out into the blogosphere.

Maren said...

I was also moved by Elder Hollands testimony. It was powerful.

Amy said...

Between Sister Dibb's testimony & Elder Holland's I was & am overcome...thanks for sharing your testimony, too!
It's true, it really is - I wish I could make everyone believe, but I can only implore you to read with an open mind & heart. I promise you will know.

CB said...

Hebrews 1:1,2 --- "Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. But now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he made the universe and everything in it."

Parkside View said...

I wonder if Elder Holland's words were given a greater potency because they came on the heels of a most inspiring performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir of "O, Divine Redeemer." It's as if the Savior himself was extending an invitation, through the witness of the Spirit, for all to learn of Him more fully. The thoughts you presented (and subsequent comments made in response to your post) affirm to me that I was not the only one who felt it! Thank you.

Michelle said...

Great post! I am a lurker but I felt I too had to echo my testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I have also read the Bible cover to cover many times and although I truly believe it is the word of God as well, the Book of Mormon hasn't been re-translated as many times and for that reason makes more sense. However, I find truth in both and rejoice in both.

And Bert Bell, others already answered your point, but I do need to point out one thing. The Book of Mormon record begins around 600 B.C., many many years before Christ was on the earth and many many years before Revelation was written.

queenmari said...

This is a beautiful testimony to your faith. Your faith is so strong and is something I admire so much in you.

I hope you won't think lesser of me but I am not a Mormon, but I have read the Book of Mormon. It was given to us one year when we were in Salt Lake City and took the formal tour of the Temple grounds--facinating. They freely passed out the Book of Mormon and I accepted one with the idea that I would read it, and I did.

Liek you, I cannot go long without my need to be closer to my faith, to God. I love to sit, alone, on my back deck reading my Bible and doing my Bible Study. It makes me feel good inside and out.

Thank you Courtney for shaing this personal story. You are such a good woman, inside and out.

blessings, Mari

cmhl said...

I would just to commend some of the commenters here on posting opposing views in a kind and respectful way. CJane, that is a gift---- you are such an eloquent and inspirational person, and you bring out the best in others!! I think on many, many other blogs any disagreement about religion would bring on a big bloggie shouting match!!

I am also not LDS, but I so totally respect you be willing to put yourself out there by talking about your testimony. you rock.

Jackie said...

Oh no. Nienie is going to be on Oprah on the one afternoon this week I have to go out (Wednesday, 10/7). :( Does anyone know if where I can find the show online as I don't have DVR.

Martha said...

thanks for that. i needed to be reminded.

Worsham Family said...

Thank you so much!!! I really needed this. I was just babtised in June and have been feeling like I don't measure up, am not adequate, etc, etc. Thank you for your testimony. You have helped me to remember why I made this choice and I will study the scriptures more.

Sue Sparks said...

Elder Holland was fantastically BOLD in his stirring testimony of the Book of Mormon! It will go down as one of the memorable moments in General Conference history! :)

Donna said...

It is great to see a blog discussion about religion that doesn't get all 'cut throat'...:)
I would like to say as a Christian, you either believe the Holy Bible or you don't...you can't pick and choose which parts you feel are correct - you simply believe it because it is the word of God!

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Angie (Drowns) Kelly said...

Thanks Courtney for your testimony. The scriptures are true. And thank goodness for General Conference. I remember when we were living in Denmark watching conference in the evening and it was such a powerful feeling to know we were listening to a prophet of God with saints all over the world at the same time.

jess said...

I am completely enthralled with E. Holland's talk.. I feel that sometimes in an attempt to not offend someone we do not share what we value the most with half the conviction we should.. I too love the Book of Mormon- I have been reading/studying with my husband at night before we go to bed and it seriously makes a difference in every aspect of my life!!

The Redhead Riter said...

You have a beautiful testimony and a humble spirit. Thank you for sharing it for the whole world to see.

ali said...

you da bomb!

i know, i'm a dork, but that talk seriously gave me goosebumps and your testimony does the same!

Marilee said...

Along with many others who have commented, I need to echo your words that the Book of Mormon is true! It is a another testament of Jesus Christ, the first being the Bible! I was 19 years old when I had the same realization you had that I had never read the Book of Mormon. Similar to you, I was at my parents cabin reading the weekend away. When I finished, I too got on my knees and the impression came to my mind that I didn't need to ask, for I already knew of its truthfulness! I expressed my gratitude to the Lord for such a wonderful blessing in my life! How grateful I am to have the blessing of knowing, not just believing, but knowing that both the Bible AND the Book of Mormon are the word of God. His love for each of us is shown daily as I study His word, both from the scriptures and from our Prophets and leaders. Elder Holland blew me away with his powerful testimony! Thank you for your post CJane!

Jeannie said...

What I admire most is how cjane and her family (all of them, including nie) have stayed true to the beliefs that their parents gave to them and appear to really have adopted them and are living them in their own, adult lives. while i am not Mormon and am a committed Catholic, i know that the way we live our lives is very similar and our love for the Lord our God is the same. You and your family have been such an example of accepting the things that happen and moving forward in faith. In faith. There you have it. We share the belief that while God doesn't CAUSE bad things to happen (He didn't make that airplane fall from the sky), He is THERE to help us make our way from the tragedy toward a new normal...He cares, He loves us. I am raising my children in the Catholic tradition and I hope that they remain true to their Catholic roots the way the Clark family has stayed true to their Mormonism. I would love to chat with some Mormon missionaries sometime. There is much about your religion that I just don't 'get' but I know at your core you are all living a godly life that honors Him and aren't afraid to stand up for it and I love that about you all!

I'll not be converted but it would be interesting to have a conversation between Mormon and Catholic friends to perhaps clarify some of the things that are probably misconceptions about the faiths on both sides.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is our place for weekly worship and learning and my children attend Catholic school. We aren't laissez-faire about our faith and when I read about yours I feel we are closer than one might think.

I love reading so many well-written blogs by so many creative Mormon women. I need to find some Catholic ones. Oh wait, I have one :-) (but surely there are other cool Catholic women like me of the millions of invisible bloggers, no?)

Ruby Cottage said...

I can't remember which talk, but a couple of words of the promise in Moroni jumped out at me as the speaker recited them. "Real intent" - he expounded that you have to ask really intending to act upon the answer you receive from God in order to receive that promised answer. I must have intended to act because I did receive my answer many years ago, but it explains why many haven't. Just sayin.

I LOVE me some salty hashbrowns. They must have been very good to be song worthy.

Bert Bell said...

According to Wikipedia, The Book of Mormon is a sacred text of the Latter Day Saint movement. It was first published in March 1830 by Joseph Smith, Jr. The Bible was written before 1830. I don't want trouble, but just to put the truth out there that I will forever disagree with the validity of the Book of Mormon. Sorry to upset or disappoint anyone. God Bless!

Rochelleht said...

I would suggest Bert, or anyone else who is curious, to listen to the link of Elder Holland's talk that CJane included in her post. It answers many of the hanging questions.

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Shal said...

I feel the same way, but about a different book, A Course In Miracles.

Brian and Tonya said...

I already responded once, but keep feeling to respond to a few of the posts on here.
1) Mormons read and study the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon. We view the Book of Mormon as another testement of Jesus Christ. I love the bible and read it often. I love the Book of Mormon as well. It adds to my understanding of Christ and the Bible. It adds to my faith in Christ and the truth of things in the Bible. After all, how could Christ appear to people in the Americas if he was simply a great man as some people would suggest. His visit to the Americas as told in the Book of Mormon is another testiment to his divine nature.
2) The Book of Mormon was started 600 years before Christ. It is a record that was passed down for generations and abriged by Mormon a few hundred years after the resurrection of Christ. It was translated and published in 1830. So, nobody was upset or dissapointed as we know full well the truth of the Book of Mormon, it's history, and it's publish dates.

Mollie said...

There is more than one pathway to God, to peace and to happiness. Whether you find it in the Book of Mormon, the Bible, the teachings of Buddha or simply in every day life, the thing we can all be grateful for is our ability to CHOOSE what, how and if we want to worship. What is right for one is not right for all, as many of the comments here have clearly illustrated. There are many wonderful, happy, honest, selfless people outside the LDS church who do not need the Book of Mormon to be fulfilled. We are all on our own personal quest for truth and journey to find joy in this life, and respecting other people means realizing that not everyone will find their answers in the same way or from the same source.

A Mother Heart said...

This was wonderful, thanks for sharing. I love Elder Holland. He has a way of speaking so powerfully, yet lovingly.

I have been experiementing with quesadillas thanks to you. And a yummy black bean quesadilla recipe I found. Delish.

By the by...Where is your new fancy gold signiture? I thought I was a great addition.

Angie said...

Thanks-I just need to know that if I keep reading that eventually something will happen 'cause for right now I'm just hoping.

rookie cookie said...

Nice work on posting this. I needed some type of spiritual something I missed the entire conference. I spent the weekend at my sister's house watching mindless romantic comedies and eating chips and salsa. Part of my soul feels minutely guilty, but the rest of it doesn't. I needed a break from life, and that included my testimony.

Wow, I probably shouldn't have typed that out loud.

Christi said...

Thank You!

elizabeth said...

I was in the Conference Center for that session of conference and although we were sitting in the back of the balcony....the Spirit's presence in that building was amazing. It truly is one of those moments that is engrained in my mind forever; I will never forget how I felt.

Treble Clef said...

Elder Holland's testimony of the Book of Mormon was magnificent! And as always your words inspire and lift. Thanks for sharing so honestly your own feelings and conviction.

d d p h o t o g r a p h y said...

Ive never commented before...but I just wanted to say Thank you..

Thank you a million and one times..Thank you..

The Book of Mormon is true..I know it..and now I need to read it..

Thank you.

brittany said...

courtney, thanks for sharing. you are an inspiration to us all.

rookie cookie said...

Okay, I was wrong. I just watched Elder Holland's talk per my husband's request. Brilliant and true. You were right, so worth the time.

Renee said...

I wish you would have just read the Holy Bible, which is the ONLY testament of Jesus Christ. As it says in Revelation, if you add to the book you are in big trouble. It was finished, until Joseph Smith decided to 'improve' on God's own words.

I admire your family and your convictions but I pray daily you will find the truth.

Tanya said...

i will never forget his talk. it touched me.

Rachel said...

Cjane. I'm a lurker. I've been following you and Nie since the crash. My mom went to high school with your parents. Provo runs deep in us, many, many childhood memories. I've never commented before... but I want to thank you for being you. For being honest and open and letting us follow you and your family. You lift me up and help me see that what I am doing as a mom, as a wife, as a woman matters. Thank you.

The Bostock Fam said...

HAve to say that Holland is one of my favs. and i Loved loved loved his talk/testimony. he just has way doesn't he? thanks for your testimony. Well said sista!

Alejandra said...

Wonderful post! I also know the Book of Mormon, Bible and present revelations are true & a great guide in my ife.
You are a great missionary!

Rebecca said...

I'm a lifer in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.... however I have to admit 2 things.... 1. I strayed from the church for about 15 years but have been back for almost 2.... 2. I have never read the Book of Mormon cover to cover, however, you have inspired me to do so. Thank you so much cjane.

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Camille said...

Thank you. I agree.

Sam and Kyrsten said...

Thank you Brian and Tonya, you so eloquently said the things that I too wanted to say!

jane said...

Elizabeth,
Where is the original source of this information? "'...every prophet of the Old and New Testament has added scripture to that received by his predecessors.'"

I see a creative way of misinterpreting scripture occurring within the remainder of Holland's words.

Read the Bible, study and research it completely before opening yourself up to any other book.

There is something fundamentally wrong with ministering to people from a book other than the Bible, then only using key scripture from the Bible to support the other book. The Bible comes first. Always.

Peace.

Katie Price said...

I am so thankful for my testimony of the Book of Mormon, because no matter the facts or words presented, it cannot be taken away from me. I had a similar experience where I read it, and by the end I didn't need to ask. I knew and was thankful for it. I felt it in my heart, and no one can dispute that. And I will never forget it. Thank you for having the courage to share.

Jen said...

I have read your blog for some time now. after readign this post i want to challenge you to another reading quest. have you ever read the bible cover to cover? the BOM is ANOTHER testament of jesus christ. have you ever read the first? i would challenge you to read the bible with the same open mind that you read the BOM and see how you feel when you're done.

rookie cookie said...

Renee, I like to think of the Book of Mormon as the other puzzle piece of the Bible. It answers a lot of questions left unanswered in the Bible. Like where did Jesus go after he died before he was resurrected. That is answered in the Book of Mormon. And what about people in other parts of the world during the time of Jesus and ancient prophets. They existed and the Book of Mormon tells all about it. Just like valiant people lived in the Middle Eastern areas, valiant people lived in the Americas. The Book of Mormon tell of it.

Joseph Smith didn't improve upon God's words in the Bible. He added the other puzzle piece.

I invite you to read the Book of Mormon. It wouldn't be difficult to get you a copy. If you don't like it, no problem. But I assure you it is another testament of Jesus Christ. God loves his children and wants to them to return to him someday. The Book of Mormon is another tool that he gave us to help us do that.

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Mike Junker said...

Your desire to worship God is a great thing. It is difficult to hear that one's beliefs held so closely may be wrong. Allow me to share with you, however, that the beliefs of the LDS is very misguided. This is not at all to discount that there are very good people in LDS and very well intentioned including yourself. There has been much to share about this topic, e.g. please read:
http://www.koinoniablog.net/2009/05/mormonmirage1.html (and the subsequent posts). One call read chapter 8 of a good book here:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/20694668/-The-Mormon-Mirage-Ch-8-by-Latayne-C-Scott

This might not be something you want to hear (both for the original blogger as well as other commentators). I write this not to be harmful but to be of help. May the Lord, who created the heavens and earth, who spoke through the Old and New Testaments, who redeemed us by the shed blood of Christ, richly bless and keep you as you consider these things.

Brooke said...

Reading some of these comments reminds me of the reason that so many do not bother with faith at all. Apparently it is not possible to live and let live with belief, which is so sad.

This is cjane's blog -- her belief is perfectly at home on this blog.

Elizabeth said...

Jane - that is a quote from Holland, I linked to it in my other comment. It should answer most of the questions you have posted here.

I would be happy to carry on a peaceful, friendly conversation about my beliefs just as I am sure anyone here would.

If you sincerely have questions and want to know, there are answers if you look with an open heart and an open mind.

I have read and studied the Bible many times and believe in it just as much as the Book of Mormon. I believe they both support eachother. Until you have read the Book of Mormon for yourself, how can you say it is not true? That is all I am saying.

Bert Bell said...

My first and my second post was not intended to cause "The Great Debate" or for argument fodder. Cjane was kind to share her testimony. I just wanted shared mine with her. I believe I was respectful in stating my own beliefs. I think Cjane is a kind and loving individual of whom I can agree with somethings she states on her blog. I just pointed out one thing I can't ever agree with and why. I respect her CHOICE of religion and I hope she respects my CHOICE of relationship. Thanks and God Bless!

Brittany said...

I read the Book of Mormon riding the traxs to work at the U. I once had this guy tell me he saw claws coming out of the book and scratching my face off. He wanted to know if I was reading Harry Potter. When I told him it was the B of M he said.."Hmmm, that's wierd. Why would I see claws gnawing at your face?" After thinking about if for awhile he concluded it must be because the chuch holds women back. Good times with crazy people on public transportation.

Adam and Dani said...

Thank you. I needed this today.

britty said...

great talk, great post. thank you.

Alyssa said...

What's the difference in being a Morman or lets say, a Catholic?

carmen said...

Thanks for reminding me of who I am and who I've always been!

kspinning said...

Love your thoughts and testimony on the BofM. My husband is a new convert, and though I've been a member all my life, I feel I've just been through my own conversion. There is a time and season for everyone...

On a side note, my dad was born in Wallsburg and no one ever has heard of that teeny place! He used to drag us to the cemetery every year on Memorial Day. Good times.

Tiffany said...

Your testimony brought tears to my eyes. The spirit is so great.

Damien Stepick said...

Bert Bell,

I thought I should just add something for your understanding. You made a reference to the Book of Revelations, but your interpretation was incorrect.

The Book of Revelations is the last book in the Bible, but it WAS NOT the last book written. The portion of Revelations that claims no one shall add to what is written is actually referring to The Book of Revelations and not to scripture itself... otherwise portions of the New Testament would not have been able to be included.

I think in life we should spend less time worrying about why we don't agree with other people's faiths and learn to simply celebrate their faith instead.

Great post CJane.

Donna said...

Bert Bell, I appreciate you sharing your faith just as Cjane shares hers...you were not at all argumentative or offensive...for those who leave comments with a profile that is not public...isn't sharing your faith (no matter what it is) what we are called to do? I don't consider that "worrying" about why we don't agree...thanks Cjane for inspiring such a great dialog between different beliefs!

: ) Paula said...

Thank you, Courtney, for inspiring so many.

jill said...

You are cute and funny!

Gerb said...

Beautiful.

Jean said...

Thank you for sharing more about your religion. Your blog serves as a platform that could possibly change as many or more lives as your your mission did.

Two things you can't give us enough of: your Mormon views and your singing :)

Jamie said...

CJane,
I, too, would encourage you to read the Old Testament and New Testament cover to cover as well. Jesus used the Bible to change my life. Thank you for allowing this open dialogue.
In Christ alone my hope is found,
Jamie