Members in the Montgomery Alabama Stake are representative of thousands of Church members who have gained personal insight into the Book of Mormon during this past year.
"The gift of the Book of Mormon is one of the greatest expressions of God's love for mankind in all of mortal history," Stake Pres. John E. Enslen.He has counseled priesthood and other leaders in the stake to encourage members to make the reading of the Book of Mormon a top priority. He has also addressed Relief Society groups, Young Men and Young Women, and Primary children on the importance of the Book of Mormon.
Ramona Dillinger attended a special Relief Society gathering, during which Pres. Enslen spoke of the Book of Mormon. Sister Dillinger later reported that it took several events to prepare her to "really sit down and read the book."
"I had befriended a co-worker, and she agreed with everything I told her about the Church," said Sister Dillinger. "I wanted her to read the Book of Mormon, and it occurred to me how foolish I was being. What on earth made me think I could persuade someone to read that which I would not read?
"I started with the book of Jacob, having read 1 Nephi and 2 Nephi numerous times in earlier attempts to read the Book of Mormon. It took me about two months, reading almost every day, to read the bookT.
"I have come to love the Book of Mormon, and I try to keep in my mind that this was written for us. I try to imagine the people by comparing them to those around us today."