In The Book

In The Book

What in the Book of Mormon has been so life changing for millions of people? Come find out. This is a Scripture Central podcast hosted by Rebecca Devonas


November 24, 2023 29 mins

When the Timpview High School seminary council in Provo, Utah had the students write their testimonies and mailing addresses in copies of the Book of Mormon, Sean Dixon joined in, not thinking much of it until 1989 when a letter came in the mail from Pakistan addressed to Sean. Somehow, his testimony had made its way all the way to Stephen Anjum, a Pakistani Christian. Sean and Stephen became pen pals for seventeen years before mee...

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Over six feet tall at age fifteen and professional basketball in his sights, Ricky Stafford was finding his mojo as a freshman in high school when his world seemed to shatter overnight. Suddenly diagnosed with leukemia, Ricky was admitted to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah to start treatment. What started as a major setback turned into a gift when he opened the scriptures with real intent for the first time.


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Growing up on Long Island, New York in an Irish Catholic family, Maureen Sederberg went to Catholic schools, and from her family dinner conversations, learned to ask questions. As the years went by, she drifted away from religion, and into the fashion industry with her husband. It wasn’t until the birth of her first child, Samantha, that she felt the weight of responsibility to decide whether or not her baby would be baptized. She ...

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When Minnie Budd read the Book of Mormon for the first time in Gwelo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1950, she knew it was true, but there were no missionaries or other members of the Church in the town, nor could she get baptized for seven years. That didn’t stop her, however. She started sharing the book with everyone she met, and began running church meetings from her house, not knowing how far reaching her efforts would be. 


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Exactly two hundred years ago, the teenage Joseph Smith, Jr. kneeled down to pray after a day’s work on the Smith family farm. The heavenly messenger sent in response to his prayer bore news of an ancient record on golden plates buried in the ground and of Joseph’s prophetic call to translate them. Matthew C. Godfrey, former managing historian of the Joseph Smith Papers, explains what happened that night, adding his own experience ...

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As told by historian Susan Easton Black, converts to the Church of Jesus Christ in the 1800s when Joseph Smith was prophet, had heard about the record found near the Smith family farm. Whether they saw the plates themselves or held the printed Book of Mormon in their hands and gained an immediate testimony of it, none of them would ever deny the veracity of the record, whether they stayed or fell away from the Church.

Converts ment...

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Growing up in the heart of the Guatemalan Civil War of 1960-1996, Amanda Barrios McPeek wasn’t accepted by her own family or the people in her town of Parramos, because of the way she looked. When she came across the missionaries in Antigua, and read the Book of Mormon for the first time, she not only learned that God accepted her and loved her, but that she was his daughter.

Amanda first read the Book of Mormon in November of 1996...
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Stephen Jones' parents got married and joined the Church in 1979 in the southern United States, and both decisions were met with some disdain. Whether it was weakness, preconceived notions, or the law, they held onto the Book of Mormon, and looking to their faith, Stephen learned to turn to the book too. 

Stephen first read the Book of Mormon in the 1990's at age twelve, after being baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latte...

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June 16, 2023 21 mins

An aspiring rabbi, Jason Olson was studying at Hebrew High School in Scottsdale, Arizona in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. When talk of the Messiah started circling, Jason brought his questions to the high school lunchroom where he would discuss the topic with his friends. One day, he had a copy of the Book of Mormon in his hands, and unwilling to give it back to his friends or be found with it in his possession at home, he deci...

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June 2, 2023 21 mins

Jerusalem was the place of Lindsey Perlman’s dreams as an observant Jew, but by the time she made it there, she had already come across a church she also wanted to attend on Shabbat, but logistically couldn't. She was led to this church when, while studying Hebrew, the words of the prophets, and rabbinic teachings, she began reading another book; a book about the House of Israel, covenants, and the greatest rabbi who ever lived. 


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Some of the first people David Taylor met on his mission in Peru were Chinese immigrant restaurant owners, and indigenous Peruvians who barely spoke Spanish. Unable to communicate with them and fueled by the fire of already mastering a foreign language, David started picking up phrases so he could speak with them, planting the seeds for the work he now does dubbing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Book of Mormon vid...

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When they first met at the Moscow Conservatory in the 1970s, Igor and Vesna Gruppman were both budding violinists absorbed in the world of music. What befell them when they made their way to the western banks of the United States would not only include the opportunities and freedom they were looking for, but also an instrument unlike any they had heard of before. 

Igor and Vesna read the Book of Mormon for the first time around the...

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Growing up on a cattle ranch in South Africa, Judy Brummer lived among the indigenous Xhosa people, and their language was her language. The language, and her testimony, would bring her back to them as a missionary, and to translate the text of the book that had brought her to the waters of baptism. 

Judy first read the Book of Mormon early in the year of 1979 and was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on...

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Despite Paul Alan Cox’s congenital illness, he was sent to Samoa as a young missionary. The service rendered to him by a Samoan man coupled with his love for the Polynesian people, charted the course of his prolific career as an ethnobotanist, and a life practicing the healer's art.

Paul read the Book of Mormon as a youth, and had completed reading it five times before leaving on his mission to Samoa on January 6, 1973

Ether 12:27


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March 24, 2023 14 mins

When the 2020 pandemic swept across northern Europe three years ago, Luke Hart was left without a job in a foreign country. While scrolling on Facebook one lonely day, he came across a video that led him to an unexpected discovery that would change his life.

Luke first read the Book of Mormon in 2020 in Norway, and was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on July 24, 2020

2 Nephi 29:11

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Olga Campora is denied entrance to college in Czechoslovakia because she’s not a communist. After reapplying with a new strategy, she is accepted, and introduced to yoga. One yoga practice after another, a holy book in her hands, and against all odds, Olga comes across God.

Olga first read the Book of Mormon in the fall of 1980 in the Czech Republic and was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on July 11, 1...

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March 1, 2023 2 mins

What in the Book of Mormon has been so compelling for millions of people? Let's talk about what the book is, where it came from, why it's on the earth, and what this podcast is all about.

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