HONORING THE PRIESTHOOD AS A
The Holy Bible
The Triple Combination
The Book of Mormon
updated 09/03/15
 The central purpose of the Book of Mormon is its testament of Jesus Christ. Of more than 6,000 verses in the Book of Mormon, far more than half refer directly to Him.

So, 'we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins' .

The Book of Mormon is an endless treasure of wisdom and inspiration, of counsel and correction, 'adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest [among us]' . At once, it is rich in nourishment for the most learned, if they will humble themselves . 

President Boyd K. Packer
Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (April 2005)
The Book of Mormon came forth in this dispensation by the will of the Lord. It is a record of God's dealings with the people who lived in the ancient Americas. Prophets of the Lord engraved the original records on gold plates. The Lord declared that the Book of Mormon contains 'the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ' .

On September 22, 1827, an angel named Moroni—the last Book of Mormon prophet—delivered these records to the Prophet Joseph Smith. By the gift and power of God, the Prophet Joseph translated the record into English. Since then, the Book of Mormon has been translated into many other languages.

The primary purpose of the Book of Mormon is to convince all people 'that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations' . It teaches that all people 'must come unto him, or they cannot be saved' . Joseph Smith said that the Book of Mormon is 'the keystone of our religion, and a man [will] get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book' .

The Book of Mormon is another witness for the truths taught in the Bible. It also restores 'plain and precious' truths that have been lost from the Bible through errors in translation or 'taken away' in attempts to 'pervert the right ways of the Lord' . The Bible and the Book of Mormon 'shall grow together, unto the confounding of false doctrines and laying down of contentions, and establishing peace' .

Near the end of the Book of Mormon, the prophet Moroni teaches us how we can know the book is true: 'When ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost' .

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