November 14, 2017
Writer: Sydney Jensen
Brother Zeph Quirl, a faculty member in the Food and Animal Sciences department at BYU-Idaho, invited people to recognize Book of Mormon miracles in their personal lives during his devotional on Tuesday, November 14.
"There's many miracles of the Book of Mormon, all the way from the way it was recorded, to the way it was translated, preserved and all those kind of things," Zeph Quirl, a faculty member of the Food and Animal Sciences Department at BYU-Idaho told BYU-Idaho Radio. "But, the miracle that we're going to be talking about it not so much how it came about, but actually what it does in our own personal lives."
Quirl emphasized that though many people have read the Book of Mormon already, come to know of its truthfulness and may be inclined to think they'd like to talk about other gospel doctrines instead, it's important to continually talk about, read and pray about the Book of Mormon. To further prove his point, he related a personal experience where he learned an important scriptural truth through a passage he'd read many times before.
"As I pondered that experience and those feelings, it was apparent nothing totally new had been received," Quirl said in his devotional. "The words or the verses were not new, and even the feelings were not unexperienced, but the Spirit used that opportunity of repetition to strengthen and reaffirm the truth and validity of many powerful Gospel principles."
The power of the Book of Mormon, Quirl said, comes in continued study and pondering of its words, no matter how many times someone has read or pondered it's words before.
"My dear associates in the work of the Lord, I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day," Quirl said quoting President Gordon B. Hinckley, a past president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven's help in our lives."
You can listen to the full devotional below.