A Mormon's VERY Basic Introduction To The Book Of Mormon

"Another Testament of Jesus Christ" is exactly what the Book of Mormon is.

The Book of Mormon is one of the "four standard works" of scripture for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It, in companionship with the bible, is a testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ, thus it is referred to as "Another testament of Jesus Christ." By proclaiming His word again in the Book of Mormon, the Lord himself has fulfilled the law of witnesses, as proclaimed in the Book of Matthew, "that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established." Both books are studied together and are upheld by the Mormon Church to be the word of God, as far as they are translated correctly.

 

Two Witnesses

The Bible and The Book Of Mormon
The Bible and The Book Of Mormon

Another Witness of Jesus Christ

Mormon Abridging The Plates

Abridgment of Records occurred by the hand of Mormon.

The actual book itself is an account translated by the "gift and power of God" from brass plates by the prophet Joseph Smith, into the record we have today. These plates were an abridgment, or process of condensing several records into one, of the record of the people who inhabited the American continent, known as the Nephites and Lamanites, made by the prophet Mormon, thus the title of the book. This type of "abridgement of records" could quite possibly be one way in which we received the account of the history of the world which is given in the Old Testament known as the Pentateuch or the first five books by Moses.

Lehi Warns The People Of Jerusalem

The Prophet Lehi was the first recorded prophet in the Book of Mormon.

The record itself begins with the record of the prophet Lehi, a contemporary of the Old Testament prophets, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. Lehi was instructed by the Lord to warn the people of the Southern Kingdom of Israel, known as the Kingdom of Judah of their impending destruction if they would not repent.

This is the same instruction that was given to the prophet Jeremiah, who when he warned the people of the destruction of the temple and the nation of Israel being led into captivity, was considered blasphemous and was imprisoned. This same fate or worse might have been the plight of Lehi had he not been warned by the Lord and been commanded to take his family and flee into the wilderness.

All Prophets Testify of Jesus Christ

Journey To The Americans

A history of the American Continent is told through the Book of Mormon.

Obedient to the word of the Lord, Lehi departed into the wilderness bringing the family of Ishmael with him. These families were guided through the desert to the shore of great waters and were commanded to build a ship. This ship is then taken, and through the protection and guidance of the Lord himself, brought to a land of promise which is known today as the American continent. The record is then a history written by ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation, who lived on the American continent.

Moroni Hiding Up The Plates

Moroni, Keeper Of The Record or Book of Mormon

The beginning of the record is approximately 600 B.C. and continues until, through the wickedness and pride of the nation itself, they are utterly destroyed. The last record keeper is called Moroni, who is the son of Mormon. Upon the death of Mormon, Moroni was given the charge of the record, which he completed and hid it up in the hill Cumorah, not to be discovered until it was to be brought forth by the hand of the Lord. It is this reason the angel Moroni was issued the charge to give the record to Joseph Smith to translate it in these "latter days."

The Book of Mormon includes a record of Christ in the Americas.

The crowning event in the Book of Mormon is the account of the appearance of the Savior himself to these people in the American continent, after his death and resurrection. It was in fulfilling His own words when he expressed, "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."

The Lord explains in more detail this account in the Book of Mormon.

The Resurrected Lord in The Americas

The teachings of Christ are contained in The Book Of Mormon

It is through the personal ministry of Jesus Christ among the Nephites, that doctrines of his gospel are made clear. He teaches the plan of salvation, and explains to us what we must do to gain peace in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come. His words add clarity and support to those spoken in the records of the Old and New Testaments alike. It is a beautiful and moving account of the impact that the message of the gospel can bring.

Cries From the Dust

Keystone

How important is the book of Mormon to Mormons?

The prophet Joseph Smith stated, "I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book"

The keystone is the central stone on the top of an arch. With the description of the Book of Mormon as the "keystone" of our religion it is obviously very important.

Some of the reasons why the book is so important can be found, once again, in the title page of the book itself.

  • The Book of Mormon is needed to show unto the remnant of the House of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers.

  • The Book of Mormon reveals to the House of Israel the covenants of the Lord which were entered into by their fathers so that they may know they are not cast off forever.

  • The Book of Mormon testifies to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations.

  • The Book of Mormon has come forth to prove that God inspires men and calls them to his holy work in this age and generation, and establishes the verity of the great truth of the gospel restoration in these latter days.

  • The Book of Mormon is a witness of the divine mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the divinity of the Church set up under The Lords guidance.

  • The Book of Mormon is a book with a message for our day.

    "The Book of Mormon was written for us today. God is the author of the book. It is a record of a fallen people, compiled by inspired men for our blessing today. Those people never had the book-it was meant for us. Mormon, the ancient prophet after whom the book is named, abridged centuries of records. God, who knows the end from the beginning, told him what to include in his abridgment that we would need for our day" Ezra Taft Benson

  • The Book of Mormon contains the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and evidence to the world that the holy scriptures are true. It states that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. It contains the truth; it contains the word of God.

Joseph Smith Receiving The Plates From Moroni

Read it yourself to know.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a Mormon, I testify that I have read the book several times and know of its truthfulness. I have studied it in correlation with the other standard works of the church, especially the Old and New Testaments and I find it to be exactly what it professes to be "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." But don't take my word for it, try to read it for yourself. When you do take the challenge put forth by the promise made by the prophet Moroni himself.

Moroni's Promise as given in the Book of Mormon.

" 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.

And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."

The Book of Mormon Made Simple

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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

Very interesting, Doghouse. A very thorough, yet concise and straightforward explanation.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Peter

Thank you for your compliment. With the topic for today being "books" I simply could not forgive myself if I didn't review one of my very favorite ones. :)


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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

I understand. Had I planned for the topic, I could have whipped out 10 hubs on the Bible in no time, but I didn't have a chance until late last night, so I let it go. Keep up the good work.


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MC7 8 years ago from Seattle

"I testify that I have read the book several times and know of its truthfulness."

How do you know that? What objective evidence do you have that anything in this book is the word of a supernatural being?


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Hi MC7

BTW congratulations on all your winning game clue guesses. Very impressive to say the least.

I think that I might have answered the question you asked in my HUB, but in case you missed the answer, I will post it again. "I have studied it in correlation with the other standard works of the church, especially the Old and New Testaments and I find it to be exactly what it professes to be "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." I have also taken the challenge from the prophet Moroni, which was written in the end of the book, wherein I prayed and pondered on the messages contained in the book and received the confirmation that was promised.

This may sound over simplified and simple minded to some but it has worked for me.

I guess the only way for one to understand this is if they tried it themselves. Thank you for the question, I hope that I have answered it sufficiently.


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MC7 8 years ago from Seattle

I take that to mean that the "truth" came to you from faith and divine revelation through prayer. I am wondering whether that means that the holy books and gods of other religions (the Quran, the Vedas, etc.) are therefore false in your belief; and (other than the final outcome, or ) -- what is the real difference between your method of finding truth, and the prayer and divine revelation of an Islamic suicide bomber? Or, how do we objectively evaluate which one is right and which one is wrong, when faith and divine revelation is way in which these "truths" can be evaluated?


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Thank you again MC7 for your thought provoking questions.

I do know that answers can come to one who seeks for guidance from the spirit, or divine revelation, by simply asking in faith, with a sincere heart.

The other thing I know is that the Lord’s church on this earth is one built from a “house of order”, or law. It is one that is predicated on a principle of “hierarchy of stewardship.” This simply means that revelation is given to those who, by law, have authority to receive it. For example, revelation for the entire church would be the stewardship of the Lord’s anointed prophet who is living on the earth today. Revelation for a family unit would fall to the parents, who have stewardship over the family. Revelation concerning the individual would be given to that individual, when they asked in faith, with a sincere heart.

IMHO, and in my opinion only, I guess the “Islamic suicide bomber” would be entitled to receive revelation concerning his own personal progression, but I guess by law the point when that “bomber” crosses the line would be when he used “his inspiration” as an act of aggression, taking away the freedom of those whom he has no stewardship over. The act of taking another’s life would be a very serious instruction indeed and would most certainly have to be given by the Lord, through his divinely instituted authority, or prophet on the earth. Even if that were the case, one would still have the ability to “ask” if what the prophet commanded is of God or not, still never over stepping the bounds of the individuals stewardship.

In my limited study of the Islamic faith, I believe that their belief is that the last prophet on this earth was Muhammad, clearly leaving no one with that authority to make that call on the earth today.

Because of this individual stewardship we each have in knowing truth, I felt justified in bearing testimony of the fact that I have received this knowledge for myself. I also felt justified in inviting anyone who is interested to follow that same process to know, if they so desire for themselves.

I hope that this has answered your questions with some of my humble opinions, being only a mere student of the faith myself, claiming no authority to speak for the church as a whole.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California

Doghouse,

Thank you for such a well laid out introduction to the Book of Mormon. I think this is very helpful for understanding the foundation and importance of this "Another Testament of Jesus Christ".

It is my favorite book of all books...

tDMgLdsNana-AskMormon


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Nana

Thank you for your comments and added testimony of this great book. I have just read your HUB which you recently posted with your testimony on this very book and have felt greatly fed. It is one of my favorite books also. Have a great night!


uft36 8 years ago

Great post! I added you to my Blog Friends and more page on my blogsite.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Thanks I also added an RSS feed to your site, so that anyone wishing to have a free Book of Mormon could go there and request it. Thanks for the visit and the link.


osirisadvocate 8 years ago

Hey Doghouse, I didn't know you were LDS! Thanks for your comment by the way. I have a similar hub to this one, but yours is a bit more in depth. I like it! If you fee like it stop by and check mine out!


osirisadvocate 8 years ago

Ok cool I'll link to yours too!


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

osirisadvocate,

Thank you for your visit to to my Hub. I did love your testimony and added it as a link above...good luck on that "mission"! Again, thanks for reading and commenting. Welcome to Hubpages.


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eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Good hub,

I am going to reverance it it the future.

Keep on hubbing!


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cgraham75 6 years ago from Mississauga, ON, Canada

Thank you so much for all of this information. I love the video that simplifies the history. Great for my kids to better understand :) Lots of useful information here.

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