Daily Gems; No desire for food

Published: Thursday, Nov. 25 2010 9:00 a.m. MST

"I read again the other day Parley P. Pratt's account of his reading the Book of Mormon and coming into the church. Said he: 'I opened it with eagerness, and read its title page. I then read the testimony of several witnesses in relation to the manner of its being found and translated. After this I commenced its contents by course. I read all day; eating was a burden, I had no desire for food; sleep was a burden when the night came, for I preferred reading to sleep.

'As I read, the spirit of the Lord was upon me, and I knew and comprehended that the book was true, as plainly and manifestly as a man comprehends and knows that he exists' (Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, ed. Parley P. Pratt Jr. [1938], 37).

"The gift of faith touched his life. He could not do enough to repay the Lord for what had come to him. He spent the remainder of his days in missionary service. He died a martyr to this great work and kingdom."

Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Miracle of Faith," Ensign, May 2001, 68

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