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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

As you prepare, prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What can you use to help the young women learn more about 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; Articles of Faith 1:8 (The Book of Mormon complements the Bible, restores precious truths, and confounds false doctrine)

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 (The Book of Mormon contains the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ)

Book of Mormon title page and introduction

Henry B. Eyring, “A Witness,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 68–71 (see also the video “Study the Book of Mormon”)

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

The Iron Rod,” Hymns, no. 274

Share experiences

At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.

Introduce the doctrine

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

  • As a class, build or draw a keystone arch (see Preach My Gospel, 103) and ask the young women to explain why Joseph Smith said the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion (see the introduction to the Book of Mormon).
  • Ask young women to think of questions their friends have about the Book of Mormon. How can they answer them? Consider returning to this activity at the end of class to see what they would add to their answers.

Learn together

Each of the activities below can help the young women learn about the importance of the Book of Mormon. Following the guidance of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best in your class:

  • Invite the young women to search the scriptures suggested in this outline and the title page of the Book of Mormon to find answers to the question “Why do we need the Book of Mormon?” Share your testimony of the Book of Mormon. Invite the young women to share how they gained their testimonies.
  • Ask the young women why the phrase “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” is a good subtitle for the Book of Mormon. Invite them to share a scripture from the Book of Mormon that teaches or testifies of Christ (such as 1 Nephi 10:4–6; Mosiah 3:5–10; 3 Nephi 11:7–11). How have their testimonies been strengthened by the Book of Mormon? 
  • Help the young women list several doctrines that were lost or changed during the Apostasy, such as truths about the Godhead, mode of baptism, and plan of salvation. Encourage the young women to find scriptures from the Book of Mormon that help clarify the truth (see, for example, 3 Nephi 11:3–11; Moroni 8:4–26; Alma 34:32–35).
  • Invite the young women to share a scripture in the Book of Mormon that has influenced them or helped them overcome a challenge (or share a scripture that is meaningful to you). Why is it meaningful to them? What experiences can they share about how the scripture influenced them? What do these experiences teach us about the importance of the Book of Mormon?

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

Live what we are learning

Invite the young women to consider how they will live what they have learned today. For example, they could:

  • Make a personal plan to read the Book of Mormon looking for answers to the question “Why do we need the Book of Mormon?” They could share what they find in future classes.
  • Complete the Virtue value project in Personal Progress.
  • Share their testimonies and a copy of the Book of Mormon with a friend or family member.