Why Do Missionaries Only Hand Out Book of Mormons?



Hey Gramps!

I came across a concept that was taught on another Q&A website that states missionaries only hand out the Book of Mormon. Yet it teaches few principles taught in the LDS Church, whereas most principles are found in the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price, which are not advertised by missionaries. See what I’m trying to understand? It’s a concept that kind of stunned me, and I’d like your input on it.  How should Christians view the Book of Mormon?



Hello Eli,

Thank you for taking a moment to ask this question. As I have pondered this question and as I have read a portion of the linked article, these are three items that I will highlight to answer your question:

1. Book of Mormon: The Keystone of our Religion

2. Misrepresenting the Church’s Beliefs

3.  Prayer: To Ask of God


At first read, my initial thought was, “What an odd question, as I’m not sure what would be stunning about sharing the Book of Mormon first”? Because if you know the Book of Mormon (which doesn’t just cover a “few” doctrines), then you also know the following quote,

“The first is that the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion. This was the Prophet Joseph Smith’s statement. He testified that “the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion” (Introduction to the Book of Mormon). A keystone is the central stone in an arch. It holds all the other stones in place, and if removed, the arch crumbles” (emphasis mine).

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