And gave him power from on high, by the means which were before prepared, to translate the Book of Mormon; Proving to the world that the holy scriptures are true, and that God does inspire men and call them to his holy work in this age and generation, as well as in generations of old. —Doctrine & Covenants 20:8,11
The Book of Mormon is one of God’s priceless gifts to us. It is both sword and shield—it sends the word of God into battle to fight for the hearts of the just and serves as an arch defender of the truth. As Saints, we have not only the privilege to defend the Book of Mormon but also the opportunity to take the offense—to preach with power its divine doctrine and bear testimony of its crowning witness of Jesus Christ. —Tad R. Callister
This Day in LDS History
1950: LDS missionaries arrive in Paraguay for the first time.
1979: The first branch of the Church on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin is organized.
1999: President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates the Anchorage Alaska Temple.
2000: President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates the St. Paul, Minnesota Temple.