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How the Bible and Book of Mormon Work Together


How the World Got the Bible and Book of Mormon

The Bible is a collection of 66 books (39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament) written by 40 different ancient authors spanning 4,000 years. The King James Version is an English translation of the Bible that was completed in 1611.

There are 15 books in the Book of Mormon, and the prophets who wrote the Book of Mormon lived from about 600 BC to AD 400. Joseph Smith, the first Mormon prophet, with the help of other Mormon leaders acting as scribes, translated the ancient scriptural texts of the Book of Mormon in about 63 working days in 1829. It was first published in 1830.

How the Bible and Book of Mormon Are Compatible

The Bible and Book of Mormon complement one another. President Boyd K. Packer, a recently deceased Mormon leader, noted that these two books are “woven together in such a way that as you read one, you are drawn to the other; as you learn from one, you are enlightened by the other. They are indeed one in our hands” (“Using the New Scriptures,” Ensign, December 1985, 53).

The Bible is a book of scripture written by ancient prophets. It includes truths and revelation given to these prophets from God; it also records religious histories of people in the Middle East. Likewise, the Book of Mormon is a collection of religious histories, truths, guidance, and revelation given to prophets. The events of the Book of Mormon took place on the American continents.

The lessons and guidance in both religious books are applicable to you and your life today, even though these passages were written many years ago.

How the Book of Mormon Supplements the Bible

The Bible bears record of Jesus through His Apostles, and the Book of Mormon is another witness of Jesus Christ, His divinity, and His role as Savior of the world.

Besides testifying of Jesus, the Book of Mormon also adds an additional witness to several Christian doctrines:

  • God’s plan for His children
  • A loving Father in Heaven
  • Death
  • Resurrection
  • Commandments
  • Obedience
  • Tithing
  • Baptism
  • Prophets

In some cases, the Book of Mormon restores truths that have been lost from the Bible, and it clarifies biblical doctrines.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints, also known as Mormons, believe that both the Bible and Book of Mormon include the word of God. Mormons use the Book of Mormon to support the Bible, its teachings, and its testimony of Jesus. Mormons believe that by studying these two books together, all people can obtain a greater witness that Jesus is the Christ and Savior of the world.