"And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy..." (1 Nephi 8:10-14)

Even though I had a belief in the Old & New Testament prophets before I visited the “Holy Land” with BYU Studies Abroad, and walked many of the paths which Jesus had walked, I longed for a similar faith building experience with the prophets in Book of Mormon scriptures.

As a family, we had listened to the dramatized recorded Book of Mormon stories on audio tape by a Latter Day Saint company in Utah. Our children know the stories by heart. My wife Judy & I traveled again with BYU Studies Abroad Professors, visiting the lands of the Book of Mormon in South America. We visited many locations associated with the stories we had listened to on tapes as a family. On one occasion, we hiked into the jungle and waked into a religious court yard. Brother Chessman, one of our group leaders, showed us a “stele” which had a carving in the rock’s weathered surface that looked like a tree with many branches. He compared the story told on this stele, with the story told in 1 Nephi 8,verse 10-14. This experience strengthened my belief in the validity on the Book of Mormon.