Tuesday, November 4, 2008

About the Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ is holy scripture comparable to the Bible, which contains the fullness of the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ. Just as the Bible was written by many ancient prophets who lived in Jerusalem and thereabouts (Egypt, etc.), the Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets who lived on the American continents. The Book of Mormon, in essence, starts in 600 BC and ends around 400 AD, spanning more than 1000 years. The Bible teaches that God works through prophets (Amos 3:7) and that He is the same yesterday, today, and for ever (Hebrews 13:8). Therefore, since God had children on the American continents, He spoke to them also, revealing His gospel unto them and teaching them how they may achieve happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come (see John 10:16). There is no question that the teachings of the Book of Mormon prophets are in perfect harmony with the teachings of the Biblical prophets. The Book of Mormon does not replace the Bible, nor does it take away from the importance of the Bible. However, both accidentally and purposefully, many plain and precious truths have been lost or taken away from the Bible. Look around and see how many different ways a single passage of scripture can be interpreted; about as many as there are churches, or even people. Knowing this calamity would happen, God prepared the Book of Mormon and had it hid up until He saw fit to bring the book forth and once again restore the fullness of His doctrine and His gospel upon the earth. The Book of Mormon is true, and it fully supports and reinforces the Bible. The Book of Mormon is convincing evidence that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God, for he translated it by the will and power of God. The Book of Mormon contains in its pages a promise unto all who read it, written by the last prophet in ancient America Moroni:

3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that 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 receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
4 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 these things 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 Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

The Book of Mormon is true; I have read it many times and have tested this promise. I know through prayer and by the power of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that answers to all of life’s questions can be found within the pages of the Book of Mormon by the earnest seeker of truth. If you ever want to read the Book of Mormon, let me know, or go to www.mormon.org.