Reading the Book of Mormon is an adventure everyone should have! On its very first page you will find a declaration, from a prophet who lived in the Americas about 400 A.D., that the book’s content is the word of God.
Is it from God or isn’t it? Millions testify that they have received a witness that it is from God and its influence continues to spread throughout the world. What do you believe? Can you form a meaningful opinion without carefully reading the book?
Jeffrey R. Holland explains just how remarkable the Book of Mormon is as a book of ancient scripture translated by the prophet Joseph Smith in the early 1800’s:
“For [more than 180] years this book has been examined and attacked, denied and deconstructed, targeted and torn apart like perhaps no other book in modern religious history—perhaps like no other book in any religious history. And still it stands. Failed theories about its origins have been born and parroted and have died. … None of these frankly pathetic answers for this book has ever withstood examination because there is no other answer than the one Joseph gave as its young unlearned translator. In this I stand with my own great-grandfather, who said simply enough, ‘No wicked man could write such a book as this; and no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were commanded of God to do so” (“Safety for the Soul,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2009, 89).
Don’t let others decide for you! Don’t judge the Book of Mormon by the “cover” others have created for you. Start a new spiritual adventure in your life: Read it yourself and decide for yourself.
Purpose of This Blog
I typically post two or three times a week and focus on the text from the Book of Mormon rather than on my own analysis. Click the subscribe button (in the sidebar to the right) to start receiving a notice when new messages of the Book of Mormon are posted on this website.
The Book of Mormon is full of messages and meaning but there are times when its pages extend a direct message about truth, humankind’s relationship to God, future events, etc. that is not primarily allegorical, figurative, or inferred.
I have attempted to capture the majority of these direct declarations for all who want to learn more about some of the most vibrant teachings and prophesies found in the Book of Mormon.
Links are included throughout each post to help readers define words, concepts, and people with which they may be unfamiliar. Links to the chapter from which the subject passage was taken are also included.
At the end of each post, I have included a number of questions. These are intended to be thought provoking and reflect my stance as one who has received a witness from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is divinely inspired and translated. Some of the questions I have answers to and some I don’t. In either case, I felt that questions would be more meaningful than commentary as they direct the reader’s thoughts back to the direct message from the Book of Mormon more than to any derivative analysis I could add.
Though most of the links in Messages of the Book of Mormon posts are to ChurchOfJesusChrist.org resources, the views reflected in my writing are my own and are not meant to be read as an official position of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
To see a brief overview of the Book of Mormon and obtain a free printed copy please go to https://www.mormon.org/beliefs/book-of-mormon.