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Stephanie Nielson explains her 'Book of Mormon Project' and shares why the book matters to her

Stephanie Nielson, center, with her husband, Christian, and their five children.
Stephanie Nielson, center, with her husband, Christian, and their five children.
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Popular blogger Stephanie Nielson, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, posted a picture on Instagram last week of herself working alongside LDS missionaries.

The photo’s caption read, “Working on the Book of Mormon Project with the missionaries. Three hundred books going out today!”

The post prompted many people to inquire about the project. Nielson responded Monday morning with a blog post.

Nielson explained that anyone who is interested in the Book of Mormon or the Mormon faith is welcome to request a book, which she calls, “a cherished gift of faith in Jesus Christ.” Nielson includes a printed copy of her testimony in each Book of Mormon. She also includes contact information for the Mormon missionaries serving in the recipient’s area.

Someone asked why Nielson goes to such lengths to share a single book with a complete stranger, and she responded, “Because I love Jesus and the Book of Mormon, and I want to share it.”

“The gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed my life in so many ways and in so many different times in my life,” Nielson said. “Its effect on me has influenced me as a mother and wife. It has given me hope and peace and has helped me put life’s hardships into perspective.”

She encouraged people to request the book in their native language, and she also said she gave a copy of the book to political commentator Bill O’Reilly.

In a blog post for MormonChannel.org published Saturday, Nielson shared that she and her family recently finished reading the Book of Mormon. With five children between the ages of 13 and 2, this was not an easy feat, but Nielson explained how she was able to engage her family in scripture study each morning, which sometimes included promising hot chocolate to those who woke up before the family study began.

Although it's difficult at times, Nielson shared the blessings she and her family have received through their scripture study.

“I think my favorite element of family scripture study is watching my children learn that they are adored sons and daughters of God,” Nielson said. “I want them to know who they are, why they are here on this earth and what direction they should be moving toward. Because of our promise to read each day, I noticed added obedience and genuine love for one another.”

Email: mjones@deseretdigital.com