Lesson 1

“The Keystone of Our Religion”

“Lesson 1: ‘The Keystone of Our Religion’” Book of Mormon Class Member Study Guide (1999), 1–2

Prayerfully study the following scriptures: 1 Nephi 13:38–41; 19:23; 2 Nephi 25:21–22; 27:22; 29:6–9; Mormon 8:26–41; Ether 5:2–4; Moroni 1:4; 10:3–5; Doctrine and Covenants 10:45–46; 20:8–12; 84:54–58. Also study the introductory material to the Book of Mormon.

  • According to the second paragraph of the title page of the Book of Mormon, what are three purposes of the Book of Mormon?

  • What have you learned from the Book of Mormon about Jesus Christ? How has the Book of Mormon strengthened your testimony of Jesus Christ?

  • What passages in the Book of Mormon are particularly inspiring to you?

Suggestion for Family Discussion

As a family, read the following statement by President Marion G. Romney:

“I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity—the pure love of Christ—will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1980, 90; or Ensign, May 1980, 67).

Talk about the blessings that will come to your family as you follow this counsel. Make a plan to meet as a family daily to study the Book of Mormon. Encourage each family member to take responsibility to follow the plan.