"Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday dear Danny. Happy birthday to you."
The lights came on and suddenly Danny knew where he was. The reading room, only it didn't look the same. It looked like a bedroom. It looked like his bedroom!
"Hey kiddo, do you want breakfast or not?" Asked Mary. "I'd be happy to eat those pancakes for you if you're not hungry. Besides, I want to see you open up your presents."
The smell of pancakes and bacon cut through the excitement and Danny realized that he was hungry. Very hungry! "I'll eat them myself, thank you." Danny answered his sister, and he picked up his knife and fork and did just that.
"We're sorry you can't unwrap our present to you." Said his mom. "We hope you like your new bedroom."
"Like it? It's great!" Danny said between mouthfuls of breakfast.
"I'm glad you like it Danny." Said his Grandpa. "This used to be my favorite room in the house when I was little. I'd come up here when it was my dad's library. I can still remember falling asleep on that window seat with a favorite book. It seems like it happened almost every day. I learned to love a lot of books here in this room. I hope that you will too." Grandpa handed Danny a nicely wrapped bundle. "Happy birthday!"
"Wow grandpa. You used to use this room when you where little? That's too cool." Said Danny. He unwrapped the bundle and found a flannel blanket.
"I used to wrap up in that blanket while I was reading." Grandpa said.
"Open mine next." Said Mary, handing another box to Danny.
Danny unwrapped it and found a battery powered lantern. "Neat! Now I can stay up late reading." He said.
"Not too late, Sport." Said his dad. "Don't forget to open your present from Tom."
"No way I'll forget that one Dad. I've been waiting all week to open it." Danny replied as he picked up the package from his brother. He carefully tore open the brown paper wrapping uncovering a blue book with gold lettering. "The Book of Mormon! My very own copy. This is
"Check inside." Danny's mom said.
Danny opened up the front cover and saw a note from Tom. The note said:
I've given out a lot of these, but this one is the most
special. It's only one more year until you get to be
baptized. Before you take that step, you should read this
book and know that it is true. Did you know that Heavenly
Father promises each one of us that we can know for ourselves?
His promise is right in this book. Read Moroni 10:3-5.
You should also start reading at the beginning and go right
through the book. I'll give you an extra scripture to read
every week in my letters until I come home. It will be just
like I'm teaching you out here.
Love your brother,
Elder Thomas Moroni Jackson
Danny's mom started to pick up the dishes from breakfast. "Why don't we let Danny get used to his new room, and maybe get a little bit more sleep." She said as she led the rest of the family out of Danny's room.
Danny wasn't tired, but he knew just what he wanted to do. He collected his new gifts and carried them over to the window seat. He turned on his new lantern. He curled up in Grandpa's old blanket. He picked up his Book of Mormon. "Where is that promise? Moroni ... Chapter 10. Okay. Here it is verse 3."
"Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these
things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, ye
would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the
children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the
time that ye shall ponder these things, and ponder it in your
"And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you
that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of
Christ, if they are not true; and if ye shall ask with a
sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he
will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the
"And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the power of
"Wow." Thought Danny. "He did promise me. I can know if it's true." Danny curled up a little bit tighter in the blanket. It was nice and warm. Soon he fell asleep.
"Daniel." A voice called.
"Daniel." It called him again, and Danny started to stir. "Daniel, I want you to read the book."
Danny's eyes opened. there was someone in his room. A man, dressed kind of like an Indian, not with feathers and stuff, but like the Indians down in South America -- Danny remembered seeing pictures of them at school.
"Who are you?" Danny asked.
"I am Moroni. You just read my promise. Daniel, I want you to read this book. Pray about it, and Heavenly Father will let you know that it's true. Just like millions of people before you. Just like your brother, Thomas. Just like your father, William. Just like your grandfather, John." Said the man.
"Danny!" He heard a voice. "Danny!" It was his mother. Danny started awake, he must have fallen asleep on the window seat. "Danny, it's time for our devotional. Come on down." His mother called.
"I'm coming mom. You won't believe the dream I just had." He picked up his Book of Mormon and started down the stairs to join the rest of his family.