I read the Book of Mormon at age 12. My parents had been members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 6 years, and my older brother was starting to make choices that eventually led him away from it. Not owning up to his increasingly bad behavior, he pointed the finger at me. He told my parents that I was headed down the same drug-laden path he was on.
My parents hurt my feelings when they came asking about my behavior and drug use. It also spurred me to action.
I decided to find out for myself which path to follow. I enrolled in an institute class at U of M and I started reading the Book of Mormon. I felt the spirit when I attended class at the institute. I felt an even greater spirit as I prayed for confirmation of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.
The Book of Mormon, and the assurances of the spirit are the only reasons I stayed in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I believe this church can develop people into disciples of Christ.
Currently, I am writing 3 middle-grade novels that have Adsilha, a Mound Builder girl, as a heroine. Readers get to peek into ‘Nephite’ culture. In the same book, two current-day kids, Mira and Jax, discover Mound Builder artifacts, and in their research, also discover the Book of Mormon. They examine what is truth – scientific facts and hypothesis and spiritual confirmation.
Not all questions are answered in their research and adventures, but they get a start at learning what is truth for themselves.