My series continues as I share a few testimonies of the Book of Mormon from some of my family. As I had said in my previous blog posts, I had some family members who had written their testimonies of the Book of Mormon while I was a missionary in Southern France. These testimonies were given to me, I then translated them into French and hand-wrote them in the front of a copy of the Book of Mormon (Le Livre de Mormon), which I then would give out to someone I contacted.
Continuing with these testimonies, today I share the testimony of my cousin Andrea.
I am thankful that Jason has given me the opportunity to share my testimony. I am very grateful for the Church. I know that without the Church in my life, I would never have the happiness that I have. I love the Lord. I know that Jesus is the Christ and that He died for our sins. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. I know that The Book of Mormon is the word of God. It is special in my life. There was a time when I had questions and I found the answers that I was looking for in this book. I am thankful for my family. I love my parents dearly. They have been the best example in my life. I know that we all will be together forever. I hope that my testimony is helpful. I pray that the Spirit will guide me always, and I pray that the Spirit will touch you and your life like it has mine.
Andrea (Alldredge) Seifert (my cousin)
Je suis reconnaissant que Jason m’a donné l’occasion de partager mon témoignage. Je suis très reconnaissant pour l’église. Je sais que sans l’Église dans ma vie, je n’aurais jamais le bonheur que j’ai. J’aime le Seigneur. Je sais que Jésus est le Christ et qu’il est mort pour nos péchés. Je sais que Joseph Smith était un vrai prophète de Dieu. Je sais que le Livre de Mormon est la parole de Dieu. Ce livre est spécial dans ma vie. Il y avait un temps où j’avais des questions et j’ai trouvé les réponses que je cherchais dans ce livre. Je suis reconnaissant pour ma famille. J’aime beaucoup mes parents. Ils ont été le meilleur exemple dans ma vie. Je sais que nous serons tous ensemble pour toujours. J’espère que mon témoignage est utile. Je prie pour que l’Esprit me guide toujours, et pour que l’Esprit vous touche et touche votre vie comme si elle avait la mienne.
Andrea (Alldredge) Seifert (ma cousine)
I have noted on the paper that this copy of the Book of Mormon was given to a businessman travelling from Nantes. He said that he would read the entire book.
Sharing the Book of Mormon was always an interesting experience. Some people were scared or suspicious of scripture in addition to the Bible. They may have heard something about “The Mormons” and thought that there was something strange about this church that began in America. After all the wars France has seen, I understand that they might be a little guarded, especially when a foreigner approached them. Many in France have a deep tradition in the Catholic faith and they of course believe in the Bible. What surprised many whom we talked with, is that we also believed in the Bible. The Book of Mormon is actually an ancient record which compliments the Bible. It also testifies that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He was born of Mary, that He performed miracles, that He atoned for the sins of the world, and that He was resurrected and lives today as our Savior and King.
Sometimes as part of our discussions when we were teaching, we would share a video. How Rare A Possession was one of them that we would share often. (We had a VCR tape.) This is a story of a person, Vincenzo Di Francesca, a faithful man who finds a Book of Mormon but the cover was missing so he doesn’t know what book it is. He reads it and loves the book. Through many years, he finally does find out the name of the book and about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he is eventually baptized by another Bringhurst, not a direct ancestor of mine, but a relation to me.
On January 18, 1951, President Bringhurst arrived on the island and baptized me at Imerese. Apparently, this was the first baptism performed in Sicily.
When I came up out of the water, I said, “I have prayed daily for many years for this moment.” As President Bringhurst and his wife left, I shook their hands tenderly and told them, “My dear Brother and Sister Bringhurst—you can hardly imagine how sweet those words brother and sister are to me. I say them with a feeling of affection and appreciation that I have never before experienced, for I know that you have led me through the door that will eventually bring me back to my Heavenly Father, if I am faithful.”
How Rare a Possession
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