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What Is the Book of Mormon About and Why is it Important?

By Mormon.org

Just as Jesus’s original Apostles reaffirmed and witness that His gospel was true in the Bible, so too does the Book of Mormon offer a second witness of the gospel of Jesus.

The subtitle of the Book of Mormon is “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” The Book of Mormon indeed witnesses and testifies that Jesus is the Savior of the world and that the gospel, as established by Him, is true.

What is it about?

The Book of Mormon is, according to its introduction, “a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God’s dealings with ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains the fulness of the everlasting gospel.”

One part of that description that may confuse you is the phrase “ancient inhabitants of the Americas.” The Book of Mormon records the history of God’s dealings with people who lived in the Americas from about 600 years before Christ’s birth to about 400 years after His death.

The following New Testament scripture tells that God had “other sheep” in His fold “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).

After his resurrection, Jesus visited his people in the Americas and told them they were the other sheep he was referring to (see 3 Nephi 15:21-24). Jesus gave these “other sheep” of the Book of Mormon the fulness of His gospel, just as He gave it to His followers in Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon focuses on the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why is it important?

The Book of Mormon shows that God loves all His children. After His resurrection Jesus taught the same gospel in the Americas as He had to those in Palestine. His gospel is the same for everyone to follow him.

“In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established” (See 2 Corinthians 13:1). By having two witnesses, or two books of scripture, that share the gospel, you can learn more about Jesus and his sacrifice for you and what it means for you.