Sunday, June 7, 2009
Christ in America
When Christ was on the Earth He told His disciples,
"14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
Who were these other sheep spoken of? We believe they were the people of the Americas. We believe that after His resurrection, the Savior visited these "other sheep" and they became a second witness of His resurrection so that "in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established." Matt. 18:16.
Archaelologists have found remnants of a civilization that existed in the Americas, but little is known about them. We believe these people had the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that their prophets kept records. We believe the Book of Mormon is the record they kept. It isn't a secular record, which would include mostly political and governmental records, but it is a spiritual record that includes the Lord's dealing with that people. These records were handed down from father to son, and the one receiving them was commanded to write about what happened in their day. Many records were accumulated during this time. It was the practice of that people to write on plates of metal; brass, gold, etc. Mormon is a prophet who went through all of the records and abridged them. He compiled a new collection of the records that included some of the most important happenings and teachings. He titled his collection, "The Book of Mormon" to distinguish it from the other records that had been made by other prophets. He then hid this record up to be brought forth in the latter days.
Mormon abridging the plates
One of the most touching of all passages in the Book of Mormon is an account of Christ visiting the Americas after his resurrection. One of the American prophets by the name of Samuel, had prophesied to the people of Christ's birth, and of His death. He prophesied that when the Savior died, there would be three days of darkness in the Americas. You can read the full account of the fullfillment of that prophesy and about Christ's visit to the Americas by clicking here. You will need to read through several chapters to read the entire account. The page turn for each chapter will be an arrow at the bottom of the page.