I want to start by saying I love the Bible and believe it is a true book of God (as far as it is translated correctly). The Bible is scripture full of wisdom that blesses my life on a daily basis. I also believe the Book of Mormon is a true book of God and is scripture.
Yesterday, I finished reading the Book of Mormon. I’ve read this book a number of times in my life, and I want to take a moment to capture on my blog my feelings regarding the Book of Mormon.
For those unfamiliar with the Book of Mormon, below is a little portion of the Introduction in the Book of Mormon:
The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God’s dealings with ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains the fulness of the everlasting gospel.
The book was written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation. Their words, written on gold plates, were quoted and abridged by a prophet-historian named Mormon. The record gives an account of two great civilizations. One came from Jerusalem in 600 B.C. and afterward separated into two nations, known as the Nephites and the Lamanites. The other came much earlier when the Lord confounded the tongues at the Tower of Babel. This group is known as the Jaredites. After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are among the ancestors of the American Indians.
The crowning event recorded in the Book of Mormon is the personal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ among the Nephites soon after His resurrection. 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.
You can read the entire Introduction to the Book of Mormon here.
I feel peace as I read the Book of Mormon. I gain wisdom about how I should live my life and my relationship with God. I believe the Book of Mormon is true scripture because I’ve prayed and asked God over the years to allow me to feel of it’s truthfulness. Because of the peace I feel when I read it, I believe it is true scripture. In the Bible (Galations 5:22), we learn that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, and peace. I feel all those things as I read and ponder the Book of Mormon.
I believe anyone can come to feel the power of the Book of Mormon in their life, regardless of whether or not he or she is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The very last prophet to write in the Book of Mormon wrote this admonition/promise:
Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
If anyone reading this would like a copy of the Book of Mormon, I’d be happy to give one to you.