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The Book of Mormon

Updated on October 20, 2012

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon claims to be a volume of scripture comparable to the Bible. Whereas the Bible is a record of the ancient Jews, The Book of Mormon is a record of the Tribe of Joseph, and records the history of two civilizations that inhabited the ancient Americas. The first of these civilizations were people known as the Jaredites, who traveled across the ocean during the time the Lord changed the language of the people of Babel. These people survived for over two thousand years, but in the end, destroyed each other in a great civil war.

The second group of individuals left Jerusalem about 600 B.C., before the city was destroyed by Babylon. These people divided into two nations: the Nephites and the Lamanites. The Nephites kept records of God's dealing with their people. This record explains Christ's visit to the Americas as He established His Church among other nations of the scattered of Israel. As the Nephites began to reject Jesus 400 years after He visited them, they were destroyed by the non-believing Lamanites. Their record was translated by the Gift of God to Joseph Smith over 1400 years after the destruction of the Nephites, and stands as another testament of Jesus Christ.

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Seeking Wisdom From the All-Knowing

As the disciples sat at the last supper, Jesus prophesied to them saying, "Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me." I have long been impressed by the response of the Twelve. None pointed fingers at the others; nor boasted of being too wise to be deceived. Instead, with sorrow in their hearts, each began to ask, "Lord, is it I?" (Matthew 26:21-22). I'm impress by the honesty of these strong, spiritual men who recognized their potential weakness and turned to the Lord for reassurance.

As I served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I taught people about Jesus Christ. While our message is to follow the Savior, there are unique elements that distinguish Mormonism from other Christian churches. As part of the message, missionaries explain that prophets still lead Christ's church today. And that The Book of Mormon stands by the Bible as another testament of Jesus Christ.

Responses from those I taught differed from one another. Some who love the scriptures were excited to receive more of God's word. Others felt God did not speak to man anymore and were certain the book was fraud. Yet, to both those who willingly received and those who would reject The Book of Mormon, missionaries give the same instruction: Read and study it; then ask God if it is true (Moroni 10:3-5). By the Comforter, whom Christ promised to send, all can detect the truthfulness of things that testify of Christ (John 15:26). I have felt sorrow for those who will not come to God in prayer, but would rely on their own wisdom.

When missionaries share their knowledge of modern prophets with others, we share the story of Joseph Smith-a story many people relate too. As a young man in the early nineteenth century, Joseph wanted to follow Christ. As he attended several churches in his area, he found each church contradicting each other. He began to become confused about which church he should join. One day, as he read the Bible, he came across a verse in James chapter 1: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God" (verse 5). The verse (and the verse following) explains that if we ask in faith, God will answer us liberally, meaning he open up and pour out answers. It further promises us that God upbraideth not, meaning he will not be mad at us for asking.

Joseph Smith followed this counsel. He prayed to ask which Church was true and which he should join. God the Father, and the Son Jesus Christ appeared to him, in answer to his prayer. Jesus told him that His Church ceased with the death of the Apostles. Joseph was chosen as a modern prophet, and called to restore Christ church in the latter-day with apostles, prophets, priests, teachers, and all the Spiritual Gifts of healing, prophecies and revelations as were in the ancient church.

Like the Savior's prophecy at the Last Supper, warned of betrayal, we have warnings of deceit that may lead us from Christ (see Colossians 2:8). But do we point fingers at those we feel are deceived? Do we feel overly confident of our knowledge and wisdom? Or do we humble ourselves before our Lord, and ask, "Is it I?" As one who has read The Book of Mormon, pondered its message and prayed to know if it is true, I witness that it is the Word of God as is the Bible. Together, both scriptures witness of Christ, and teach of his dealings and work among men. You too can know for yourself-Ask, and ye shall receive. (Matthew 7:7; 21:22).

Do you believe God will answer your prayer by letting you know truth through His Holy Spirit?

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      spider11235813 5 years ago

      The Book of Mormon, best book ever written!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Thanks for educating me more on this religion.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Thanks for educating me more on this religion.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      I like learning more about the Book of Mormon.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There are thousands of prophets, All from God so we should give respect to all the prophets, whether their believers are acting upon their teachings or not.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      there is only one God, only with different names. thank you for sharing.

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      Trina Sonenberg 5 years ago from Nucla, Colorado


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