BYU (Brigham Young University) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.” As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple semesters of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes.
In this series (see below), students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the Book of Mormon in the form of letters to someone they know. We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures.
In publishing these, we fulfill their desire to speak to all of us of the relevance, power and beauty of the Book of Mormon, a second witness of Jesus Christ and complement to the Bible. The Book of Mormon includes the religious history of a group of Israelites who settled in ancient America. (The names they use are those of prophets who taught the Book of Mormon peoples to look forward to the coming of Christ—Nephi, Lehi, Alma, Helaman, and other unfamiliar names. We hope those names will become more familiar to you as you read their inspiring words and feel the relevance and divinity of their messages through these letters.)
Jesus Christ: Healing and the Atonement
I was reading in the Book of Mormon this week about a man named Nephi. He was a missionary among a very large group of very wicked people. Nephi visited these people with the intent of teaching them about their Savior, Jesus Christ. He shared with them many stories and tried to help them gain a knowledge of Christ. Nephi shared with them his testimony, and it was so powerful that the people could not ignore his words. They began to believe in Christ.
While this is miraculous, the most amazing thing about this story has very little to do with Nephi. Later in the chapter it explains, These people “were healed of their sicknesses and their infirmities [and] did truly manifest unto the people that they had been wrought upon by the Spirit of God, and had been healed; and they did show signs also and did do miracles among the people.”
These people had been so wicked and angry, but through Christ they were healed and became whole. With their newfound faith, they were able to share their story with others and help bring others to Christ. They were able to do miracles. I think it is so amazing how Christ can change our lives. He can take so many different types of people and turn them into amazing and miraculous souls. Christ can heal us of all our wounds and sins and trials. Christ is willing to accept our broken and incomplete bodies and make them strong. I know that through His Atonement, we can become healed. I know there is nothing so hard or horrible that Christ cannot fix it. I am glad that I am able to have Christ in my life so become better than I ever could on my own.