The Book of Mormon - Another Witness of Jesus Christ

The Book of Mormon

 Another Testament of Jesus Christ

".. hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ." ( 2 Ne. 33:10 )

The Book of Mormon is a collection of holy scripture, that together with the Bible, Doctrine and Covenants and The Pearl of Great Price, constitutes the standard works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Book of Mormon contains the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas. It has come forth to the world in our day by the grace and power of God. In The Book of Mormon you can, among other things read an account of a group of Israelites that, under Gods guidance, were lead out of Jerusalem and over to the american continent about 600 BC. As with the different books in the Bible, the books in The Book of Mormon were written by different prophets who knew Jesus Christ, and who taught the people of their time his Gospel.

Jesus Christ visited the ancient inhabitants of the Americas

The most important event in The Book of Mormon happened when the resurrected Lord, Jesus Christ visited the people of Nephi. This happened in direct fulfilment of the Lords word before his death and resurrection:

"And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." ( John 10:16 )

In fulfilment of this prophecy Jesus Christ, after his death and resurrection, visited the people of Nephi and taught them while they were gathered in the land Bountiful:

" And behold, the third time they did understand the voice which they heard; and it said unto them: Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name�hear ye him. And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them; and the eyes of the whole multitude were turned upon him, and they durst not open their mouths, even one to another, and wist not what it meant, for they thought it was an angel that had appeared unto them. And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying: Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world. And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning. ( 3 Nephi 11:6-11 )

And verily I say unto you, that ye are they of whom I said: Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice." (3 Nephi 15:21 )

The Book of Mormon to come forth in the last days

The Prophet Mormon, after whom the book has been named, abridged and compiled the metal plates on which the prophets recorded their teachings and history. In the year 421 AD his son Moroni, who was also a prophet, burried the abridged record in the ground, and prayed that it would be protected and come forth in the last days as a testimony to the world, that Jesus Christ is the Saviour and Redeemer of the world, to witness of the truthfulness of the Bible and to restore parts of the doctrines of the Gospel, which had been lost to the world

Another Testament of Jesus Christ

The Book of Mormon came forth in 1823. Moroni who had, so many years earlier, burried the plates, visited Joseph Smith and showed him in a vision where the plates were hidden. Joseph translated The Book of Mormon to modern language by the gift and power of God, and it was published the first time in 1830. This same year, the restored Church of Jesus Christ was formally established. The Book of Mormon is called "Another Testament of Jesus Christ". Not only because it contains the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but also because it confirms and supplements the Bible. The Prophet Joseph Smith declared that through reading The Book of Mormon a man would come closer to God than through the reading of any other book. This process starts with a steadfast and prayerful study of the book. A person who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost, and know that he is reading "a marvellous work and a wonder" ( Isa. 29:14 ) revealed to people in our day, as predicted by the ancient prophets.

"The kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it." ( Matt. 13:45-46 )

A promise: a testimony to those who believe

Commenting the above scriptural passage Bruce R. McConkie, an earlier apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints said the following:

"Now Jesus has somewhat more to say about how the struggling pilgrims of earth, far removed from their heavenly home, come to find the gospel, the most precious possession of life .. After long and diligent search; after going from one level of light to heights of greater illumination; perhaps after joining one church or another in search of the peace that passeth understanding; after seeking truth with an open heart�after, shall we not say it, after reading and pondering and praying about the Book of Mormon; after investigating the prophetic claims of Joseph Smith and his successors�at the end of a long search, lo, the pearl of great price is found. It is the everlasting gospel. It is the Church and kingdom of God on earth. It is all that men can desire; its blessings are peace in this life and eternal life in the world to come." (Mortal Messiah, Vol.2, Chapt. 50)

"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. And 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. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." ( Moroni 10:3-5 | Ether 4:11 )

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"Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I .. bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth? .. Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also. And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever." ( 2 Nephi 29:7-9 )