The Book of Mormon. What Is It and Why Should We Read It?

The Book of Mormon is the word of God. The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book 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” (Joseph Smith, History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 vols., introduction and notes by B. H. Roberts [Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1932-1951], 4: 461). It contains the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and stands as another witness that Jesus is the Christ. Throughout the Book of Mormon we are privileged to view panoramically the great blessings and tender mercies the Lord has shown to His children here upon the earth, and especially on this the American continent. When one comes to know the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, one will know that Jesus is the Christ, that Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet of God, and that this is the “only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth” (Doctrine and Covenants 1:30), once again established here in the latter days (see Introduction to the Book of Mormon).

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