I’ve lost count of how many times that I’ve read the Book of Mormon. Each time, I find so many wonderful treasures. (It’s no wonder that W. Cleon Skousen named his study series “Treasures from the Book of Mormon”.)
This time, as I began reading the title page of this sacred book and then continued on to the introduction, I realized that this these two pages tell the reader exactly what the Book of Mormon is and what the reader will find in its pages.
The Book of Mormon is:
“a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible … written by many ancient prophets by the Spirit of prophecy and revelation … a new and additional witness that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and that all who will come unto Him and obey the laws and ordinances of His gospel may be saved.”
It is, indeed. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that the Book of Mormon is, as its title states, another testament of Jesus Christ, a companion to the Bible that, in fact, confirms truths found in the Bible.
“a record of God’s dealings with ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains the fullness of the gospel”
The Savior Himself said “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:16). The record found in the Book of Mormon tells of some of those “other sheep”, specifically the descendants of Joseph.
Some other treasures of the Book of Mormon are that “it puts forth the doctrines of the gospel, outlines the plan of salvation, and tells men what they must do to gain peace in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come.”
But really, the most important thing contained in this book? The “crowning event”? The thing I look forward to every time I read this marvelous book…
“[T]he personal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ among the Nephites soon after his resurrection.”
What a wonderful thing, to read of the Savior’s visit, where He calls twelve disciples from among the people to lead His Church in this hemisphere, and He teaches the multitudes the same things he taught during his mortal ministry, and more. He heals, blesses children, institutes the sacrament among the people. It’s such a gift in my life.
I can’t wait to see what I discover this time!