We just had the annual Book of Mormon marathon, which we now call the Book of Mormon Feast. It’s always a great experience, and how could it not be? Reading the greatest book, gaining a testimony, eating incredible food, being with your dear ward family, having an all-nighter to talk about everything important… It’s my favorite activity of the year. But this year, I read it in Spanish, and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I felt like I was able to relate to and understand the people throughout the book, and that I got to know them all a lot better. I don’t know if it was because I was visualizing them a little bit differently because I was reading in a different language, but I had so many insights into their characters and found myself thinking about how I’d act in their situations.
There’s a part in passing when on of the chapters ends “And as the Lord liveth, thus it is, Amen.” I would normally read this as just another passing phrase, but in my book, it said “Vive el Senor.” I felt excitement and joy as I read this powerfully triumphant statement: The Savior lives! I can just imagine angels singing and trumpets sounding as Christ comes again and we all shout and rejoice and joyfully proclaim that we know that Christ lives. But as I felt as I read that verse, I don’t need to seem Him or hear anyone else say this for me to know that He lives. It’s not possible to feel the spirit that strongly witness to me that the Savior lives for me to need any further evidence. I know that He lives.
He lives, all glory to his name!
He lives, my savior, still the same;
What joy this blest assurance gives:
I know that my Redeemer lives!