What is the Book of Mormon?

Official Answer

The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ really lived, that He was and is God’s Son. It contains the writings of ancient prophets. One of these, Lehi, lived in Jerusalem around 600 B.C. God commanded Lehi to lead a small group of people to the American continent. There they became a great civilization.

God continued to call prophets among these people. The Book of Mormon is a collection of the writings of their prophets and record keepers. It is named after Mormon, one of the last of these ancient prophets.

These prophets knew about Heavenly Father’s plan for His children and the mission of Jesus Christ. They recorded that Christ appeared, after His Resurrection, to the people in America, taught them His gospel, and formed His Church among them. The book contains the teachings of Jesus Christ, testifying of His Atonement and His love. It supports and verifies the Bible.

The Book of Mormon concludes with a great promise that those who read it and sincerely pray about it can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true (Moroni 10:4).

  • Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. Is the key stone of our religion and fullness of this gospel. Show more

  • The Book of Mormon is a sacred record like the Bible. Christ's church existed in Ancient America as well as in Ancient Israel, and it generated hundreds of years' worth of its own miracles, revelations, and inspiring events. A prophet named Mormon abridged the records of the Ancient American church, and the resulting book was therefore called the Book of Mormon. Show more

  • We believe in a loving Father in Heaven who desires all of his children to have His precious word. "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 remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?" (2 Nephi 29:7). Of course, with any thing concerning God, it is important to find out, personally, if the work is true. What better source can we trust than God Himself? Through prayer we can know, independently of anyone else, where the truth lies concerning any matter. In the introduction to the Book of Mormon we read: "We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost." I testify that this pattern of revelation is true. If we take the time to study it out in our minds, ponder upon the truth and ask God, in faith with desire to act upon our answer, that we will receive. He has answered me, and He will answer you when you ask in faith. Show more

  • The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ and of the people and the prophets in the Americas. The Book of Mormon is a story of a civilization of people that came to South America from Jerusalem in 600 B.C. They grew to be a large civilazation. The Book of Mormon is the story of their civilizations and their prophets. The Book of Mormon also contains their writings about the coming of Christ in the Americas after His crucifixion. I know, from this Book, that Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer lives! I know that He cares about each of His children in all the world. I know that this Book testifies of the truth of Christ. Yo se que este Libro es de Dios. Tiene toda la plenitud del Evangelio de Jesucristo para los hijos de Dios en todo el mundo. Mediante mis estudios, yo se que este Libro tiene las palabras de Dios. También ustedes pueden saber por ustedes mismos si leen y preguntan a Dios, con un corazon sincero, en el nombre sagrado de Jesucristo, y pidan para saber. Yo se que Dios contestará sus preguntas. ¡Yo se que Jesucristo vive! Yo se que Dios y Jesucristo nos ama. Esta Iglesia tiene muchas de las respuestas que muchas personas buscan y las respuestas están en el Libro de Mormon. Show more

  • The Book Of Mormon is a volume of ancient scripture a lot like the bible. It is a record of a group of people who lived here in America. To me it is a second whitness that Chirst lives and loves us. A second whitness always makes a story more believible. By reading the Bible and Book Of Mormon together it increases my faith in Jesus Christ, and reassures that He has atoned for my sins. Show more

  • The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, testifies of Jesus Christ. It is a record of his teachings to people that lived on the Earth before our times. These people had left Jerusalem and sailed to America under the direction of God. These people had hardships and great blessings. One of which was Christ visiting them after His Resurrection. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and teaches the fullness of Christ's Church. Every person that reads this book and earnestly prays to know of its truths will receive an answer about it's divinity, as I have. Show more

  • The Book of Mormon is just like the Bible. It's another testament of Jesus Christ. Show more

  • The Book of Mormon is an account written by the Nephites that lived in the American continent. The Nephites were named after the prophet Nephi who left Jerusalem in 600 B.C. with his family into the wilderness. By the hand of God they were guided to the land of America and established a new civilization. The book was named after one of the last prophets Mormon. His son finished writing in the book of mormon and some of his last words contained a promise. This promise entailed that ANYONE who would ask God with one simple question would receive an answer. This question is as follows: Is "the Book of Mormon," the word of God? Those who have embarked on this journey and diligently sought out an answer have found out the truth. I am one of those. As a student I really think and ponder about certain topics. I sometimes have a hard time with distinguishing between tradition and true desire. I sometimes wonder if my testimony is still built upon the testimony of my parent's however, I know that anything that encourages a person to come closer to God, must be from God. I don't believe that God tries to hide his line of communication from us but I think he wants it to be known. As a child of God I feel the influence of the Lord every time I read it and i know that anyone who reads it will feel the influence of the Lord. Show more

  • The Book of Mormon is the Best Book ever!!!! As long as you read it prayerfully, desire to know God's will for you, and have a question in mind, it can do miracles. It has done miracles for me and others, and it continues to do so. It, like the Bible, testifies of Christ and his divinity as the Son of God and our Savior. It truly is the word of God. Read it, Pray about it, Ponder what it says and you'll see what I mean. Show more

  • It is my conviction that if one simply examines the patterns and information given about holy writ in general that they ought to be inclined to ask and pray about whether or not the Book of Mormon is inspired. I say this because the Book of Mormon is not just a book of prayers or ethical teachings. The Book of Mormon is a historical record that has a deep and powerful impact on millions of people every single day. Religion aside, a book as influential and striking as the Book of Mormon is worth the investigation of anyone genuinely seeking truth. There are very few books that have entire study manuals, curriculum, books, thesis papers, scientific research, grammatical and literary research, live performances, and general discussion entirely about its content. The Bible might be the only other thing with as much extensive literature and documentation pertaining to its writings and doctrines. The Book of Mormon is at the very least intriguing when supplemented with archeological finds, external historical information, unique writing patters such as chiasmus, and overall literary competency and beauty found within the writing. From a non-religious stand point it is impressive, but from a religious perspective it is life changing. To have a testimony of a thing is powerful, but to hinge an entire belief system on 530 pages is another thing. To be so emotionally and spiritually connected to a thing is powerful, but when that thing is a book - that book must be something more than just written words. That book must be something inspired by God, preserved by His hand, and prepared by His grace. I believe that the Bible is one of those books. I also believe that the Book or Mormon is one of those books. There is no proving the Book of Mormon just like there is no proving the Bible. We believe that the teachings and doctrines found in the pages of the old and new testament are real and trustworthy. We cannot explain how, except perhaps the mercies and merit of God, the Bible was preserved for our days. But though we cannot explain it, we simply know it. If you ask any latter-day saint to prove the Book of Mormon to be true, they will simply reply that they cannot prove it, but they know it to be true. One should not demand evidence for the bible, they should read it study it and pray to know if it is true. It is the same for the Book of Mormon. Now the interesting thing about the Book of Mormon is that it something that you can feel, see, test, and try. It is real and tangible. I am confident that if anyone who is level headed and reasonable reads what is in the Book of Mormon and then simply asks if it is true that they will have a profound feeling come over them. But this feeling cannot come if there is an ulterior agenda for the reader. If you don't want it to be true or want to find flaws and errors in the text then you certainly will not obtain this profound feeling. You have to grant the fact that all things are indeed possible with God, and that he certainly could provide something more to draw us even closer to his will. Think of the Book of Mormon like the New Testament to the Jews. During the time of Paul and Peter, the Jews were very set in their ways. They had the Old Testament, and that was all that they felt that they needed for salvation. There was no mention of 12 apostles or a New Testament in the Old Testament; it was doctrines that were added upon to bring Gods children even closer to him. To say that the Bible is all that is needed is to say exactly what the Jews said about the teachings of Paul and the apostles. Must we be so quick to limit Gods ability to speak to us? Is it not a blessing to have more of his written word? I can understand a skeptic of The Book of Mormon. Many and man has tried to con the world into believing his new religion. But that is simply not the case with Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. I challenge anyone to read unbiased biographies about Joseph Smith and his character. Read the entries of the people who knew him and what they thought about his life and motives. What you will find is not a usurper or power, nor a charlatan, but rather an amazing individual whose life was taken in the pursuit of preaching revealed doctrines. The Book of Mormon is something that people have sacrificed their entire lives for. Its teachings have a daily effect of millions of people worldwide. Its doctrines bring peace and Joy to the hearts of the humble and faithful. The Book of Mormon is the Word of God. I have to doubt of that. Show more

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