The Work of Salvation Then and Now

The five responsibilities of the work of salvation were taught and practiced in Book of Mormon times. Read the full article. —Elder L. Whitney Clayton



Missionary Work

  • The Book of Mormon teaches the doctrinal basis of missionary work (2 Nephi 31:13).
  • By following the example of this work in the Book of Mormon, the Church today has a missionary effort unequaled in its history.

Convert Retention

  • Nephi wrote about encouraging new members (2 Nephi 31:19−20).
  • Book of Mormon Church leaders took specific steps to help new members stay on the straight and narrow path (Moroni 6:4−5).
  • Today these patterns are followed in ward councils, priesthood quorums, and other organizations.

Activation of Less-Active Members

  • Alma set an example for us with his ministry to the Zoramites.
  • During the Savior’s ministry to the Book of Mormon people He taught them the importance of rescuing those who had strayed (3 Nephi 18:32).
  • The modern Church mirrors these efforts to rekindle faith in hearts of less-active members.

Temple and Family History Work

  • After the Nephites separated from the Lamanites they built a temple and eventually many temples were built (see Alma 16:13; Helaman 3:9).
  • When the Savior appeared to the people after His Resurrection he came to the temple in Bountiful.
  • He taught the family history doctrine (3 Nephi 25:5−6).
  • The Book of Mormon often refers to keeping family histories.
  • The Church’s temple and family history work is consistent with Book of Mormon teachings.

Teaching the Gospel

  • The gospel of Jesus Christ is taught throughout the Book of Mormon.
  • Many great teachings come from parents teaching their children
  • The five responsibilities have always been part of Christ’s doctrine (1 Nephi 15:14).

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