What the Book of Mormon Brings to the Spiritual Table Part One
Do you believe the Book of Mormon is scripture?
When I talk about The Book of Mormon, I am excited! I could CAPITALIZE all of my words, but that can just be annoying and take away from my purpose here.
I have written articles about The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ as it is formally called, that have pushed for its reading but this one will be different.
If you were singing a song... say you were singing the song Happy by Pharrell Williams. That song has a hook that is so catchy you cannot help but bounce along to it as if you had sugar for days!
The hook for Happy is:
Because I'm Happy! Come along if you feel like happines...
...and then some more words.
I know I could have actually looked up the lyrics; but, seriously... You have heard the words I bet! I put the video of it above if you MUST hear the song. I don't blame you for that.
Think how catchy that hook is.
Now consider the hook of The Book of Mormon which is the first ten verses of the 11th chapter of The Third Book of Nephi, which follows hereafter; but let me set it up.
What is the Book of Mormon?
Before I get into all the great and cool details of why you should read this book, maybe I should briefly describe what it is, right? It is 1000 years of history of an ancient people from the Americas who had prophets of God that wrote down His revelations to them.
The book was written in an African dialect called Reformed Egyptian on golden plates by a man named Mormon (hence the name of the book). It was translated and published by Joseph Smith Jr. into English in 1829 and presented to the world as a companion to the Holy Bible.
The short answer is: it is the word of God.
God revealed His word to men who wrote it down by heavenly command for these modern days.
After the death of Jesus Christ, a great destruction occurred in the lands associated with The Book of Mormon. Cities burned, people died, earthquakes happened, and the list goes on. The entire face of the land was changed!
At the end of the year 34 a.d, about nine(9) months after the destruction is when the following verses take place:
And now it came to pass that there were a great multitude gathered together, of the people of Nephi, round about the temple which was in the land Bountiful; and they were marveling and wondering one with another, and were showing one to another the great and marvelous change which had taken place.
And they were also conversing about this Jesus Christ, of whom the sign had been given concerning his death.
And it came to pass that while they were thus conversing one with another, they heard a voice as if it came out of heaven; and they cast their eyes round about, for they understood not the voice which they heard; and it was not a harsh voice, neither was it a loud voice; nevertheless, and notwithstanding it being a small voice it did pierce them that did hear to the center, insomuch that there was no part of their frame that it did not cause to quake; yea, it did pierce them to the very soul, and did cause their hearts to burn.
And it came to pass that again they heard the voice, and they understood it not. And again the third time they did hear the voice, and did open their ears to hear it; and their eyes were towards the sound thereof; and they did look steadfastly towards heaven, from whence the sound came.
...as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven...
And behold, the third time they did understand the voice which they heard; and it said unto them: Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him.
And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them; and the eyes of the whole multitude were turned upon him, and they durst not open their mouths, even one to another, and wist not what it meant, for they thought it was an angel that had appeared unto them.
And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying: "Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into
The hook for this song of happiness in The Book of Mormon is that it testifies that Jesus Christ IS truly the Savior of all mankind and not just a man who led a small cult of people away from traditional Judaism in a tributary nation to Rome!
In the next part of What the Book of Mormon Brings to the Spiritual table will be further evidences of supporting the need for this book. It is another witness of the divinity of Christ. Read all about it in part two.
- What the Book of Mormon Brings to the Spiritual Table Part two
The Book of Mormon testifies that Jesus Christ IS truly the Savior of all mankind and not just a man who led a small cult of people away from traditional Judaism. This is Part Two
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