The convincing and converting powers of the Book of Mormon come from both a central focus upon the Lord Jesus Christ and the inspired plainness and clarity of its teachings.
A little over a year and a half after the translation and publication of the Book of Mormon and the organization of the Church, the Lord revealed His “preface” to the Doctrine and Covenants, as contained in section 1. In this revealed preface, the Lord testified that the Prophet Joseph Smith was given power to translate the Book of Mormon “through the mercy of God, by the power of God” (D&C 1:29).
The Prophet Joseph Smith was inspired to translate the record of prophets that is the Book of Mormon. It is our sure guide on the way home to God. Joseph Smith said of that precious book, “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.”
Book of Mormon prophets saw our day and the dangers that our families face. Book of Mormon prophets teach us what to do to protect and strengthen our families.
The Book of Mormon teaches of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and is the instrument by which God will fulfill His ancient promise to gather scattered Israel in these latter days.
The goal in all our teaching, I told them, is to do what the Prophet Joseph Smith said he did when asked how he led the Church: “I teach them correct principles, and they govern themselves.”
“And what are those principles?” the group asked. “Where do you find them?”
“In the words of Christ,” I responded.
Boyd K. Packer, “The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2001
The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ has the nourishing power to heal starving spirits of the world.
Clyde J. Williams, “Following the Prophet: A Book of Mormon Perspective,” Ensign or Liahona, June 2000
From beginning to end the Book of Mormon can be viewed as a handbook on following the prophets. Clear examples are given of the blessings that come from heeding the words of the prophets, and clear examples are given of the dangers inherent in rejecting prophetic direction. Thus, its messages are just as relevant today as when they were written. Indeed, the book itself exists because prophets’ words were heeded.
Boyd K. Packer, “The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ—Plain and Precious Things,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2005
The Book of Mormon is an endless treasure of wisdom and inspiration, of counsel and correction.
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