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What Is The Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a library of scriptural writings and histories of ancient people who lived somewhere on the American continents, North and South. There is controversy over the location of where the events occurred written in the book, but there is one unquestionable attribute about The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, it witnesses of the resurrection and divinity of Jesus Christ.

This book testifies that the Holy Bible record is authentic--being a second witness of the divinity of Christ and verifying ancient stories and prophets mentioned in the Holy Bible. The stick of Judah, or the Holy Bible, and the stick of Ephraim. or The Book of Mormon, are records written worlds apart but testify of one Lord, even Jesus Christ!

It was written by ancient prophets and translated into modern English by Joseph Smith.


Why Care About This Book?

Knowing that The Book of Mormon is the word of God will help you develop a greater appreciation of Jesus Christ if you are a Christian and a perfect introduction to Him if you are searching—it has for me.

You may have come across this book or heard of it from friends or neighbors. There are varying opinions about the origins of the book and its authenticity. I will give you four ways to discover the truth about The Book of Mormon as the ancient record of a people who lived on the American continents, and that it testifies Jesus is the Christ.


Step One: Read

The Book of Mormon claims to be another testament of Jesus Christ. As an additional witness of His divinity, the book is important to read just because of its claim.

The history of the book begins with a Jewish family of believers who the Lord warns to flee the city of Jerusalem before it is destroyed; and its citizens are carried away captive into Babylon, around 600 BC.

The trials and struggles of this family are acute, but the knowledge of God's goodness for sparing them from captivity urged them forward in faith. One of the travelers, Nephi, chronicles their journey across the sea and to the Americas. This chronicle eventually becomes a large record from which The Book of Mormon is an abridgment.

Mormon, the historian who abridges the record, takes the most significant portions and places them in the book he names after himself. He and his son Moroni finish the record with an exhortation to its readers found in the last chapter of the last book.

Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. Moroni 10:3

Moroni practically begs us to read The Book of Mormon. He exhorts us to remember the mercies of God on all of mankind since the beginning. The more we understand God's plan for us, the more we understand the trials that we experience.

God wants us to trust Him as He reveals more of His word to us. He has given a litmus test for all knowledge. First, however, we must obtain information so that God can have something to work with--bringing things to our memory (John 14:26). We must read to know anything or have it read to us.

Think really deeply about the things the book testifies about the Savior.

Think really deeply about the things the book testifies about the Savior.

Step Two: Ponder

After ingesting so much information, it is time to digest it. Let the nutrients absorb into your system. You ponder, or think deeply, about the things you have read.

What an extraordinary claim to say that a book of American origin testifies of Jesus Christ. These people were, separated by the great oceans and isolated from the Christians in Jerusalem; yet, the book claims to be the work of Christians! It is not just the work of any Christians, but people who lived hundreds of years before Christ's birth, while living the Law of Moses, sacrificed unto God as a similitude of the sacrifice the Savior would experience to pay the wages of sin, death!

Moroni pleads with us to ponder these things in our hearts. Listen to the promptings sent by the Spirit of God as we read, usually described as intense peaceful feelings, associated with reading the record and consider the possibility of its truthfulness. Paul describes these promptings in his letter to the Galatians that "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, [and] temperance," Galatians 5:22-23.

Consider how we obtained scripture, at all, in light of the history of the persecution towards Christianity since its early days in Jerusalem after the death of Christ and beyond. The Bible, itself, is a miracle! Now there is another record to corroborate its veracity!

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Step Three: Pray

Approach the Lord after you have thought about the things that you have read. Pray. It is simple.

God speaks to men and women through a still small voice. He expects us to pray to Him so that He can give us all the information we are willing to receive.

When we approach God in earnest prayer, we must be willing to be humble before Him--knowing our worship of Him is not to support vanity, but to prepare our minds and hearts for communication from the Master of the Universe.

As a budding Christian, I prayed to the Lord to know if He was really there. I had never asked God for anything because I did not know how to pray. Missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to my home and taught me how to pray directly to God, and when I was alone, I did pray.

Following this pattern of prayer, I received an answer from God. If you have faith in God and believe He can answer your prayers, He will.


Step Four: Wait for the Answer

Waiting for an answer is the step that we tend to forget to complete. The Lord has promised us through Moroni, that by the power of the Holy Ghost, we may know the truth of all things.

God will speak to us if we truly listen after and during prayer. It matters the words that we speak and how we approach the Lord. The Lord will answer the righteous longings of our hearts when we pray and wait for it.

We will gain a feeling of pure knowledge, love, charity, and assurance--all the gifts of the Spirit are at the Lord's disposal to answer our prayers. It may just be a still small voice we hear confirming our prayer about the Book of Mormon or anything for that matter.

As sacred as it is, I asked God if He was there and if He loved me. I KNOW that God lives, for He spoke to my heart and my mind that He was there and the warmth of the Spirit clothed me with love. I needed that assurance. I cried and asked Him about the missionaries who taught me how to pray. I was urged to continue listening to them.

My answer came immediately about God being real. The answer about the missionaries’ truth was not as commanding; but later as I learned more, the Holy Spirit did give me assurance that God has established His Kingdom again on the Earth as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Read the book.
  • Think deeply about it.
  • Ask God if it is truly a record.
  • Wait for Him to tell you.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Rodric Anthony


Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on January 22, 2015:

I have never heard such a belief before. How did you come to that point?

I like the part about Adam being the first and Christ the last because I believe that to a degree in agreement with you.

I am interested to know how you determined that the races came from Adam in a particular way other than adaptation to climates and genetic mutation over time.

I am familiar and of the opinion that humanity is a fallen people. The elements that compose our bodies no longer support humanity flawlessly as the did during the time of Adam, which is why we need Jesus Christ to redeem.

I am not saying that races are a degeneration of humanity, but the product of adaptions to the earth which God allowed to show forth in the gene pool. It is not like the genetic information wasn't already there though.

As you know I am a TBM (true believing Mormon for the unfamiliar) and follow the line in the creation according to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I would love to hear more about your view of Eve and her place in this study of yours.

When I was in Sunday School at World Deliverance Church in Miami (what is to follow should not be considered a teaching of World Deliverance Church but that of a single individual who taught there), my teacher led me to believe that Eve had Twins of every race who paired off to have children.

I believed it for years because it made sense at the time. I also was led to believe by one of the deacons at that church (probably in jest, though not for me) that he had caught a demon outside of the church in a trash bag. I believed that for years also; until, I learned that was not possible.

It is strange some of the things we will allow ourselves to believe. I know you agree with that!

I say all this not to diminish from your study, but to support your view that we all have some strange things that we tend to believe.

You have nothing but support and understanding for your own views whether I believe them or not. Now, whether or not you get persecuted for it remains to be seen.

I suggest you write about what you have concluded with some supporting data if possible.

I testify that Adam and Eve were the first people and that all of us are descendants of them through Noah. It is my strong belief that this is so. I will hear other views though.

passingtheword on January 22, 2015:

I am sorry about that. Do whatever you have to do to get healthy.

Well you know that I think lbs doctrine is wacky and false.

Well let me share one of my wacky beliefs. I believe it is biblical but still wacky

Creation: on the 6th day Gen1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

So he made a fisherman a land hunter a shepherd And a hunter of birds. Then he tells man and female to replenish (this word is a bigger study) the earth... OK

Now God rested on the 7th day chapter 2

2:5 it says there was no one to farm the land.

7 God created the farmer (Adam)

So on the 6th day God created all the races man and woman. 7th he rested. Then he created Adam then eve.

But it said Adam was the 1st? But It also says that Jesus was the last Adam. I think this means Adam was the first in the genealogy that lead to Christ. Making Christ the last because all prior to him was leading up to him. But eve is the mother of all? Yes when a gentile gets saved they are adopted in to the kingdom.

I know it's different but a good study.

Science shows that there are 4 core races

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on January 22, 2015:

I missed you to Passingtheword. I have had a lot of health issues, but I digress with that.

It is true that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon by miraculous and peculiar means, granted; however, there are not errors and were no errors in the doctrine of the Book of Mormon.

Of course there were errors in transcription, which Joseph would go back an correct after printing as you asserted.

The truth that the book is the most correct book on the face of the earth and that a man will get closer to God by abiding by its precepts than ANY other book (including the Bible) is in the correctness of the doctrine.

It is true. I have done it. I have read the book and was converted to Jesus. I then found out about the church and joined it.

I learned more about God by reading the Book of Mormon than I did by reading the Bible alone. What you are looking for are general truths that will prove the book to be true. We don't have that for any scripture.

We have at least 15 million people who agree that the book is true. We have 2 billion at least who believe that the Bible is true. All have had experiences to help those beliefs, tradition, parental dependence, loyalty and such . Only a few have actually went before God to find out for sure. And only a small portion of those have diligently, DILIGENLTY acted on the answer He has given them.

passingtheword on January 21, 2015:

Hello Rodric long time.

I just learned something that i either missed or was never taught.

well we all know that Joseph Smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around his face to exclude the light; and in the darkness the spiritual light would shine." by Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles ensign 1993.

But what i missed was:

David Whitmer (one of Three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon's golden plates) wrote: Joseph Smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around his face to exclude the light; and in the darkness the spiritual light would shine. A piece of something resembling parchment would appear, and on that appeared the writing. One character at a time would appear, and under it was the interpretation in English. Brother Joseph would read off the English to Oliver Cowdery, who was his principal scribe, and when it was written down and repeated to Brother Joseph to see if it was correct, then it would disappear, and another character with the interpretation would appear. Thus the Book of Mormon was translated by the gift and power of God, and not by any power of man.� (David Whitmer, An Address to All Believers in Christ, Richmond, Mo.: n.p., 1887, p. 12.)"

That being said, how can there be so many errors in the book of mormon if this was the process. not just the grammer....wrong cities untrue prophicies ect. ect. when God would not allow them to move on unless it was 100 % correct? and don't say it was the printers fault.

I this is why i know that the BofM is not a witness of the Jesus Christ of the Bible.

Hey I missed you. I traviled to your neck of the woods and saw the new temple.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on January 19, 2014:

By the way, point out the things that we have in common. Jesus is the Christ and the salvation of all who will accept Him. Does that not help other Christians in their faith. I am sure that my personal testimony of Christ has helped many other Christians.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on January 19, 2014:

WillStarr, I know it has been over a year since you posted and I just now answer, but thanks for your comment. This article is about knowing whether the Book of Mormon is a witness of Christ or not.

I assure you that LDS Christian believe and worship only one God, Who is The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

Yes we do believe that each of those People are individuals but serve as one Godhead, with the Father as chief among them. So if you count that as having many gods them I suppose we do have them.

It is also true that we believe that one day if we are true to our promises to Jesus Christ, which means repentence, we will become joint-heirs with Him in all the Father has. Joint-heirs because Jesus is the Heir-apparent, while we are only heirs through His grace towards us, Who by the way makes us equal to Him!

God is the one Who promises us this same glory that He has. He the One who promises us all of His God-powers! If we then have those same Powers, then Gods we will become; yet, He shall still be our Father and out God though He has made us equal in authority with Him.

He gives us His throne!

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on December 14, 2012:

"To us that means become just like God is now."

I know, and that is in direct conflict with everything traditional Christians believe.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on December 14, 2012:

Thanks for commenting WillStarr and expressing your opinion.

We believe in one God and millions of heirs to God's kingdom. Mormons are Christians. Just because we do not subscribe to your brand of Christianity does not mean we are not. Our brand just happens to believe Jesus when he says that we can become like him, joint-heirs in the kingdom of our Father. To us that means become just like God is now. There are thousands and millions of people out there who believe the same thing and the join out church daily.

We are not trying to reconcile with other Christian churches about doctrines that we understand and know to be true. We want other Christians to know that we stand with them to proclaim that Jesus is the Lord of the universe and God of creation. He is the Savior of the world. We are not looking to reconciled anything but that understanding that we share the same love for him.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on December 14, 2012:

The problem with Christians and LDS is the fundamental and absolute belief in one God and only one God.

Mormons believe in millions of gods, and that they too will someday become gods.

Those two basic beliefs cannot be reconciled.

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