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Brigham Young University (BYU) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.” As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple semesters of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes.
Here, in this column, students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the New Testament and gospel of Jesus Christ in the form of letters to someone they know. In publishing these, we fulfill their desire to witness to all of us of the relevance, power, and beauty of the New Testament, and God’s plan of happiness for each of us. We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures. Let us know how these may help you in your own life. Share them with a friend.
About Mormons: The Great Exchange
My friend has recently been going through some hard times with his family. To him, it seems like everything is falling apart and he feels like he is dealing with it completely alone.
We were talking the other day about everything that was going on, when I remembered what Professor Griffin was talking to us about in my New Testament class, of the great exchanges discussed in the book of Second Corinthians, one particularly stood out to me as I was talking to my friend. The great exchange that I brought to his attention was that found in Second Corinthians 1:4, which tells us that if we bring Christ sorrow, He will comfort us through our hard times.
At first, telling my friend this did not really seem to help anything. He was completely depressed, and I felt like there was not really anything I could say to help him to feel any better. The following day I asked him how he was doing and he seemed at least ten times better. He said that he brought his sorrows to Christ, even though he did not want to at first. He said, though, that because I have such a true testimony of the things Professor Griffin talks about in class, that in turn made him believe also. Seeing this change in my friend, just because he had one of the great exchanges with our Heavenly Father, truly strengthened my testimony of the gospel and helped me to become more faithful in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.