The Book of Mormon is an ancient record that teaches about Jesus. The men, women, and families in the Book of Mormon struggled with life’s challenges, just like we do. We can see ourselves in their stories, and be inspired to be better and help others like Jesus did. Here are four things you should know about this sacred book:
Just like God spoke to Moses and Noah in the Bible, He also instructed His prophets in the Americas to keep a record of His teachings and laws. Their writings were eventually gathered into one book by a prophet named Mormon. The Book of Mormon’s words affirm Jesus’s life, ministry, and His act of saving us from sin and overcoming death. In fact, the highlight of the Book of Mormon is when Jesus came to visit the people in the ancient Americas.
In the Bible, the Apostle Paul taught, “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established” (2 Corinthians 13:1). When God teaches an important principle, He sends another source to confirm it. The Book of Mormon and the Bible are witnesses of each other. As many people today drift from God and religion, having more than one witness of God's words can help us stay on track (see 2 Nephi 29:7–8).
Like the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon is the true word of God. Now, we know thatʼs a bold statement. And some people might not be comfortable with a church being this bold. But donʼt take our word for it. Millions all over the world have read it in their own language. They asked in prayer if it was the word of God. They got an answer—“Yes!” The Book of Mormon promises that if you ask God if it’s true, He will tell you. Which brings up another question: If you got that answer from God, would you follow it?
A modern-day Apostle, Marion G. Romney, promised that when we read the Book of Mormon, “the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity —the pure love of Christ—will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness.”
So if you follow its teachings, the Book of Mormon will be a guidebook on how to live a life filled with peace and happiness. And when was the last time you heard someone say, "I could do with a lot less peace and happiness in my life"?
If you want a Book of Mormon, you can have one at no cost. Local representatives will hand deliver your book, no matter where you live. They would be happy to show you a couple of their favorite stories.