A Rigby teen has authored a new book about the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Mitchell Taylor is a 17-year-old who has finished his first book titled “Perfect in Christ: The Gift of God’s Grace.” The new title is available on Amazon as an ebook and on Audible as an audiobook.
The book focuses on the Atonement of Jesus Christ and tells some of Mitchell’s personal experiences with gaining a testimony around the topic.
“I got the idea around 14 and-a-half is when I had the prompting to write, but I didn’t really act on it,” he said. “When I really kind of started writing and getting ideas on paper, I was 15 and-a-half or 16.”
It is written in a narrative style where Mitchell uses personal life lessons to share the message.
“A lot of it is from journal writing and some experiences I have had,” he said. “Some of it is from memory, but most of it is probably from journals.”
He said he felt inspired for the topic of the book when he realized that everyone needed to hear the gift that Jesus Christ is our friend and partner.
“They don’t understand the good news of Jesus Christ: that we are saved, that Jesus has died for our sins, and that He has forgiven us and that we can return to live with Him again,” Mitchell said.
Part of the book includes a study that Mitchell and his father conducted to find out if people thought that they could qualify for exaltation. They first asked if people wanted to reach the Celestial Kingdom, which Latter-day Saints believe is where God lives. Mitchell said the majority of people said they did want to live there. Then they asked those people, “If you were to die today, would you get to the Celestial Kingdom?” and 70% of people were unsure.
“The survey was also a big factor of why I wrote this too,” Mitchell said, “The survey hit home, if you know what I mean.”
His book is available for purchase right now on Amazon, or he said they are hoping for hardcopy books to be in Deseret Book stores later this fall.