The Book of Mormon - The Most Correct Book on Earth
The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ...
Bold Declarations About the Truthfulness and Credibility Regarding "The Book of Mormon".
- The most correct Book, of any on earth!
- The Keystone of the Mormon Religion!
- A man [will] get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than by reading any other book...
The Book of Mormon was written for our day.
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The Book of Mormon is the Most Correct Book, of Any, on Earth.
Now that is quite a statement. Well, that is what I had thought for years after hearing these words for the very first time. This was the testimony from none other than he who translated this book by the gift and power of God. These are the very words which the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. said regarding The Book of Mormon.
Here are his exact words,
"I told the brethren, [the twelve Apostles] that the Book of Mormon was the most correct book of any 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." JSHC 7 Vol., 4:461
After having heard such a bold statement being made about this particular ancient record, it has always remained with me - a sincere desire to truly understand what the prophet had come to know so deeply and personally, about the Book of Mormon - that he not only declared it in the work God gave him to do continually, and without apology - but ultimately sealed his testimony with his own life.
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Moroni 10:4 The Promise of God, Spoken of By His Prophets...
- "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, If these things are not true; and if ye 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. (see Moroni 10:4)
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The Only Book Ever Published with a Promise...
Latter-day Prophet and late President of the Church, Gordon B. Hinckley, made this poignant statement at the October 2007 General Conference:
"The Book of Mormon is the only book ever published, of which I know, that carries in it a promise that one who reads it prayerfully and asks concerning it in prayer will have revealed to him by the power of the Holy Ghost a knowledge that it is true." (see Moroni 10:4). "Gordon B. Hinckley, The Stone Cut Out of the Mountain, Ensign, Nov 2007, 83-86)
Now, as I have come to understand this promise -- and this has come after many years of searching to understand -- was that Moroni used the words "when ye shall receive", as the necessary qualification required of each one of us, that we must first do, to then have the wonderful promise and manifestation of the truth that we seek -- which is then given to us by the Power of the Holy Ghost.
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And so here is the truly wonderful key to knowledge that Moses, Noah, Abraham, Adam and all of God's Prophets down through the ages have been teaching the children of God... "And by the Power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."
Although it may have taken me awhile to eventually recognize this pattern, I have found that when we truly choose to receive, be it a principle, truth or a person, etc... it is a willing choice on our part, to make that a part of the self, meaning us. To truly receive then, means we must accept as true what is before us, willingly follow, embrace in practice, thoughts and emotions... govern self by concepts if applicable or be receptive to, and ultimately drawn towards. In other words, to make something a-part of the self is to become one with it -- to know or be willing to accept it is true.
I have spent much time reading and studying the scriptures -- The Book of Mormon, Bible, Doctrine and Covenants, along with the Pearl of Great Price. (these are the standard scriptures of the LDS Church) and searching them diligently for the many teachings. These sacred records teach us of Jesus Christ and how to become like Him. But what has become clearly evident, as I have searched to understand the Words of Christ -- is just WHY Joseph Smith made, with confidence, such a bold declaration, especially in the face of so much persecution that was being heaped upon the young and growing Church. And didn’t the Book of Mormon have enough critics already? But after much study, ponder and prayer regarding the truths that are found in the holy scriptures - I began to see precisely why he was able to make such a bold declaration about The Book of Mormon.
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What Is A Keystone and Why Such a Statement in Reference to The Book of Mormon?
President Ezra T. Benson had these words to teach about The Book of Mormon as the keystone of our religion...
"A keystone is the central stone in an arch. It holds all the other stones in place, and if removed, the arch crumbles.
There are three ways in which the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion.
- It is the keystone in our witness of Christ.
- It is the keystone of our doctrine.
- It is the keystone of testimony.
It is not just that the Book of Mormon teaches us truth, though it indeed does that. It is not just that the Book of Mormon bears testimony of Christ, though it indeed does that, too. But there is something more. There is a power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book."
A Bold Declaration Indeed...
It is my belief, that the prophet Joseph Smith knew, and was SURE, that when one begins to embark on a serious study of the Book of Mormon, this sacred text -- with these words in mind of which he told the brethren, and fearlessly I imagine, that it is “ the most correct book of any 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." JSHC 7 Vol., 4:461
Joseph Smith was a boy, who came to know God because he asked to know Him, and to know His will concerning him directly. Because of his faith and humility, he acted in a way that seemed then, and still does today, so bold to assert --which is that he prayed to God, and expected a personal answer. And from that direct question that he did in actuality ask - he did receive a personal witness of the reality of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ - as they appeared to him - in what is now known as the answer and referred to as - The First Vision!
This young boy, Joseph Smith, was God's chosen prophet in these last days, whereby He miraculously delivered the golden plates, through the angel Moroni, and was given the gift to translate them -- through the Power of the Holy Ghost. From the humility of his young age, he was tutored in coming to know God through his understanding of the Book of Mormon and its history as taught to him by an angelic tutor, Moroni. When he finally received the plates it must have been such a glorious revelation to behold, how the many prophets of God recorded on those ancient plates, their walk as they came unto Christ. Joseph translated this pattern many times and had used it in his own life to find God and qualify to be His prophet -- and to know His voice. How comforting it must have been for this young prophet to then see that familiar path of these great prophets, which surely he recognized immediately-- knowing that he now walked among the chosen of God.
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Each time that I open the cover of the Book of Mormon, I literally feel the power of God emanating from each and every turn of its pages. I have had the Spirit testify to me personally of the many truths that are taught as I have read, pondered, prayed to understand and strived to live the principles taught in this sacred record. I have lamented at my own shortcomings as have many in the record and been lifted because of the beautiful teachings, of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, which is so clearly taught in the Book of Mormon.
Of all scriptures of which we are blessed, no other can compare with the Book of Mormon, in presenting a clear pattern of how the children of God may COME UNTO CHRIST.
The Book of Mormon has contained in its pages, the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as does the Bible. But, because of the fact that this latter-day record, which was preserved, protected and kept to come forth at this time, in the history of the world -- to be another witness of Jesus Christ. It has not been handed down by man but angels, and has therefore NOT had the unfortunate exposure to being misrepresented in any way.
It is a true record as recorded by ancient prophets of God, and translated by a latter-day prophet of the Lord, through the Power by which He gave His Prophet, Joseph Smith Jr.
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I feel to share my testimony, especially with those of you who read that which I write, regularly. It is through my faith that I have chosen to exercise, that I read and have received the testament of Jesus Christ, as recorded in the Book of Mormon. As I have read this book I can truly testify that I know it is true, because the Holy Spirit has testified to my heart and mind with such clarity, that I will not deny what has happened to me. I have prayed about this book, as Moroni has given the principle that would qualify one, in order to receive the promise that is offered. It took time, but once truly received it is a blessing that continues to flow...
Of that outpouring comes a sure knowledge that Jesus Christ lives, and that We have a Heavenly Father who loves each one of us and knows us personally. It is because of this perfect love, that He has provided a way, through His only Begotten Son, that we may return Home, to His Presence. I know that Joseph Smith Jr. is a Prophet of God, and that God has spoken to man again in these the last days. He, through living prophets today, administers saving ordinances to all, who will come unto Christ and receive these by those having proper authority, which also has been restored. All of these blessings are available to the children of God, under the direction of His living Prophet today, Thomas S. Monson and administered through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
All of the keys of authority to organize the same church, that were on the earth in the days that Christ himself set up His Kingdom, and which were taken and lost because of apostasy, and the death of those who held keys of authority, have been restored. This was done through Joseph Smith, and has succeeded by those keys of authority, with each living prophet since the restoration of the Gospel.
I have an absolute assurance in all of these things. Of the Book of Mormon I have the greatest love for this record. These are real individuals, who lived actual lives and that God intends for us to learn from. He preserved this record because He knew it would be necessary that we should have such a record, that had not even the suggestion of possible corruption. He gives to us , through His prophets, a promise like no other, as pointed out by a Latter-day Prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley.
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Prophets Today Testify of the Blessings of Receiving the Book of Mormon.
“I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity—the pure love of Christ—will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness” (Ensign, May 1980, p. 67). Marion G. Romney
The Book of Mormon Testifies of Jesus Christ
Those who have taken the time to read the Book of Mormon and gain a personal testimony of its truthfulness, stand firm on this sacred record of truth testified. It is another testament of Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. This sure testimony is the promise contained within the record, that those who desire to know of its truth are promised.
This is my testimony of what I have found and know to be true by searching, pondering and sincerely asking through prayer, as I desired to know of myself -- and as it is given for all to know the same for themselves, and in the same way.
I too, can now with boldness stand by the Prophet of the Restoration of the Fulness of Times, Joseph Smith -- and testify that I have searched to know what he came to know, and that for myself, in the Book of Mormon, and more than any other book of scripture that I have ever studied, I am more able to understand God's Plan for the Salvation of His children.
In this book we learn with such beauty who we are and where we fit in God's plan, today. We learn to understand the history of God and His workings with His children, from the beginning of man to when He will come again. We are taught how to prepare to meet Him. We see the many clear patterns, of which we must follow, and how we must live today -- so that we may with confidence know that we will be found acceptable before Him when He returns. We are taught in such a way, that we can know Him NOW.
I better understand the words that Joseph Smith declared in that wonderful statement of which will ring in the ears of every person from the day they hear it, until they too, come to know for themselves the truth of his words, "the most correct book of any on earth"