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Why do we need the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was written for our day. It testifies of Jesus Christ, contains the fulness of His gospel, and restores truths lost through the Apostasy. Joseph Smith taught that the Book of Mormon is “the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book” (introduction to the Book of Mormon).

Prepare yourself spiritually

Prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. How can you help the young men feel the power of the Book of Mormon?

Ezekiel 37:15–17 (The Bible and the Book of Mormon are to join together as one)

1 Nephi 13:40; 2 Nephi 3:12 (The Book of Mormon restores precious truths and confounds false doctrines)

2 Nephi 25:23, 26; 33:10–11 (The Book of Mormon writers testify of Jesus Christ)

2 Nephi 29:7–11 (The Book of Mormon shows that God speaks to His children in many nations)

D&C 20:8–16; 42:12 (The Book of Mormon contains the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ)

Book of Mormon title page and introduction

Jeffrey R. Holland, “Safety for the Soul,Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2009, 88–90

Tad R. Callister, “The Book of Mormon—a Book from God,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 74–76

Video: “The Book of Mormon: An Apostle’s Introduction” 

Let the young men lead

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), encourages them to share their experiences fulfilling their duty to God, and invites an adviser or other quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting.

Begin the learning experience

Choose from these ideas, or think of your own, to review last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Invite several young men to share what impressed them the most from last week’s lesson.
  • As a quorum, build or draw a keystone arch (see Preach My Gospel, 103). Ask the young men to explain why Joseph Smith said the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion (see the introduction to the Book of Mormon).

Learn together

Each of the activities below can help the quorum members understand the importance of the Book of Mormon. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Ask each young man to read one of the scriptures listed in this outline or the title page of the Book of Mormon, looking for answers to the question “Why do we need the Book of Mormon?” Invite the young men to write their answers on the board. Ask them to choose one of the answers on the board that they would like to learn more about and share what they chose.
  • Ask the young men to think of questions their friends may have about the Book of Mormon. How might they answer them? What can they share from Elder Tad R. Callister’s talk “The Book of Mormon—a Book from God”? Ask quorum members to role-play how they would invite a friend to read the Book of Mormon. How would they explain what the Book of Mormon is and why we need it? What verses would they share from the Book of Mormon? How would they explain that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ? Consider inviting the young men to open their Duty to God books to page 29, 53, or 77 and write the name of someone they could invite to read the Book of Mormon.
  • Invite each young man to find a scripture in the Book of Mormon that is important to him or has influenced his life. Divide the quorum into small groups of two or three, and ask each young man to share his chosen scripture, why it is important to him, and any experiences he has had with that passage. Invite a few young men to share with the entire quorum. What do these experiences teach us about the importance of the Book of Mormon?
  • Show the video “The Book of Mormon: An Apostle’s Introduction,” and ask quorum members to write down answers to the question “Why do we need the Book of Mormon?” as they watch. Have them share what they write. How would their lives be different if they did not have the Book of Mormon?
  • Invite the young men to select one of the study activities on pages 112–14 of Preach My Gospel and work on it in pairs, in small groups, or individually.

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand why the Book of Mormon is important? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this doctrine?

Invite to act

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • Invite a few young men to share their testimonies of why we need the Book of Mormon and explain how they learned it is true.
  • Hand out missionary copies of the Book of Mormon, if possible, and invite each quorum member to write his testimony in the front and give the book to someone.