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The Book of Mormon on God

By Mormon.org

The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, is a book of scripture that contains God’s word given to us through His prophets; it records His dealings with people of the ancient Americas. The book tells of people who learned about God and either remained faithful or turned from Him. Just as the Bible witnesses of God’s reality, the Book of Mormon further confirms that God lives and that He loves all His children, including you. Stories and teachings in the Book of Mormon proclaim the following truths:

God Is Real

Is God real? The Book of Mormon testifies and witnesses that yes, God does exist; He is real. People throughout the Book of Mormon learn of, listen to, and even see God. The book opens with Nephi, a young man who had “great desires to know of the mysteries of God” (1 Nephi 2:16). And His petitions, his prayers, to know God were answered: “Behold [the Lord] did visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe” (1 Nephi 2:16). This faithful young man came to know God and then relayed what he had learned to his family members. He and others in the Book of Mormon record many important truths about the reality of God. Some of these truths are mentioned briefly here.

You can see God’s hand everywhere

In the Book of Mormon, a self-proclaimed agnostic demanded that the prophet Alma show him a sign to prove the existence of God. “All things denote there is a God,” Alma pointed out. “Yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator” (Alma 30:44).

God has a body

God appeared to people of the Book of Mormon, just as He did to people of the Bible, and these appearances confirm that God has a physical body. “Man was created after the image of God” (Mosiah 7:27), which means you were created to look like Him, just as you probably resemble your earthly parents.

God can speak to you

Most of the time God communicates with you through the Holy Spirit, which “speaketh the truth and lieth not” (Jacob 4:13). On rare occasions, however, people have heard God Himself speak, such as when he testified of His Son, Jesus Christ. Also from the Book of Mormon we read: “Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him” (3 Nephi 11:7).

God Is Loving

You may have already felt God’s love for you. The Bible teaches, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). You can learn more about God’s love in the Book of Mormon; just a few examples from that book are included below. 

God loves His children

Once when Nephi was asked if he understood “the condescension of God,” something Nephi did not fully comprehend, he honestly replied, “I know that [God] loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things” (1 Nephi 11:17). You can follow Nephi’s example and hold fast to the knowledge that God loves you, despite the uncertainties you face in life.

God loves everyone equally

God’s love for you does not depend on your social status, your background, or even your love for Him. The Book of Mormon teaches: “He inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God” (2 Nephi 26:33). 

God’s love is eternal

The prophet Lehi described himself as being “encircled about eternally in the arms of [God’s] love” (2 Nephi 1:15). You can also feel this love as you seek to connect with your Heavenly Father and try to do the things He has asked you to do. 

God Has a Plan for You

Because God loves you, you can know that He didn’t just create you by accident. The Book of Mormon teaches that God has a plan for His children and that He created them “that they might have joy” (2 Nephi 2:25). 

God created you for a purpose

The Book of Mormon affirms the Bible’s teaching that you were created by a loving God: “The Lord hath created the earth that it should be inhabited; and he hath created his children that they should possess it” (1 Nephi 17:36). God’s plan is sometimes called the “plan of redemption” (Alma 12:33) or the “plan of salvation” (Alma 42:5). It is also called the “plan of happiness” (Alma 42:8). As part of the plan, God promises this: “If ye will repent, and harden not your [heart], then will I have mercy upon you, through mine Only Begotten Son, . . . unto a remission of [your] sins; and these shall enter into my rest” (Alma 12:33–34).

God wants you to return home to Him

When God speaks of His “rest,” it means He wants you to return home to live with Him and with your family after you die. Through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, you can repent of your sins and return to God’s presence. The Book of Mormon prophet Samuel taught, “The resurrection of Christ redeemeth mankind . . . and bringeth them back into the presence of the Lord” (Helaman 14:17). 

Joseph Smith, the modern prophet who translated the Book of Mormon from the ancient language it was written in, said, “A man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book” (in History of the Church, 4:46). From the Book of Mormon you can learn that God exists, that He loves you, and that He has a plan for you. His plan will truly help you be happy in this life and in the afterlife.

 

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