On Sunday, I received a lovely email from a reader named Tessa, expressing her interest in joining The Book of Mormon Forum. She said this:
"I just wanted to share with you a little bit about me and my story, and the tender mercies I have received in the last two days since I started this Book of Mormon "challenge".
For the past year I have been questioning the gospel--the past six months have been serious.
I was at the point where I was going to leave and never come back, or I was going to commit my life to it. I didn't want to sit on the fence anymore. I was leaning towards leaving, but by the grace of God, my husband took me to the temple where I received a special confirmation that I knew the church was true.
I was really frustrated at this, because I knew that I would have to work really hard at building my testimony from scratch. I didn't want the church to be true, and I knew that that confirmation meant that I needed to commit myself to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I haven't read my scriptures on a regular basis in three years, and I haven't read The Book of Mormon in six. I began reading the Book of Mormon for the first time last night.
I decided on a whim to read Moroni chapter 10 and go backwards from there, because normally, one might start with the introduction and the testimonies of the witnesses.
I read four verses and came across Moroni's promise, and I instantly felt the spirit.
My mind was taken back to the time the missionaries came into my home and challenged me as a teenager to take Moroni's promise. I took their challenge and I remember the feelings I had as I knelt down in my bedroom to ask the Lord if the Book of Mormon was true.
That day, I received a confirming witness and the sweetest of feelings about the Book of Mormon. As I read it again last night, I remembered this experience, and could feel the love of my Savior pouring out over me.
This memory was a most special gift and it had come at a most needed time. I can build on the testimony I had then, because I know that those feelings came from my Heavenly Father.
It blew me away that today, in Elder Henry B. Eyring's talk, he quoted from Moroni chapter 10. This was a sweet feeling that came to my heart, to know that the Lord was preparing me to listen to his Apostles by inspiring me to start the Book of Mormon Backwards!"
I just loved Tessa's testimony and was so happy that she shared it with the rest of us in The Forum. Her experience reminded me of what President Uchtdorf said this weekend. Her thoughts were further testament to the fact that we are "not invisible to our Heavenly Father." If you'd like to read more from Tessa as she studies the Book of Mormon "backwards" this month, you can find her at her blog.