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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Book of Mormon

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The Book of Mormon is a volume of scripture written by some of the inhabitants of ancient America. It talks about God's dealings with the inhabitants of the American continents. It also speaks of a visit from the Savior, Jesus Christ, to these people shortly after his death in Jerusalem. As members of the Church we believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God spoken to these early Americans. We also believe the Bible to be the word of God given to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the surrounding areas.

I served as a missionionary for the Church in Hawaii a few years back and it was a great experience to teach people about The Book of Mormon. To some of our friends of other Christian denominations it was hard for them to accept that God had provided additional scripture and direction beyond what the Bible offered. To many others that I met however, it was very natural and comforting to know that God still speaks to us. I believe the best answers as to why the Book of Mormon is needed and why it is important are found in the Book of Mormon itself. On the Title Page, written by one of the Lord's prophets of the Book of Mormon, it says the purpose of this volume of scripture is "to show unto the remnant of the House of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever - And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that JESUS is the CHRIST, the ETERNAL GOD, manifesting himself unto all nations". There is much confusion in the world of religion. The Book of Mormon provides us not only with knowledge of God's dealing with mankind, but also a second witness of Christ that, with the Bible, proves that Jesus is the Savior of mankind. If the Book of Mormon be true then the Bible must be true because the Book of Mormon testifies that the Bible is true. For any person concerned about the doctrines and or authenticity of the Bible, and there are many, the Lord has provided a second witness that is both clarifying and sustaining of the words in the Bible. I know the Book of Mormon to be true and it has been a great blessing in my life to study its words. I also believe the Bible to be the word of God and love the inspired words written there.

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