Quotes on Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is the most correct book on earth and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding its precepts than any other book. — Joseph Smith

Now the Lord is withholding from us a great many truths that he would gladly reveal if we were ready to receive them.  Did you know that a portion of the record from which the Book of Mormon is taken is sealed?  The Prophet was not permitted to break the seals, and we will not receive the sealed record until the time comes when the people will show by their faith their willingness to accept it.  [3 Nephi 26:6-12; Ether 3:21-28; 4:4-8.]….Until we are prepared to receive the things already given, I fear the Lord will hold from us those other things which one time will be revealed.  (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 3:201-2.) Book of Mormon Student Manual, [1979] p. 9-10

We do not have to prove the Book of Mormon is true.  The book is its own proof.  All we need to do is read it and declare it!  The Book of Mormon is not on trial – the people of the world, including the members of the Church, are on trial as to what they will do with this second witness for Christ.  (President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, Nov. 1984, p. 8.) Book of Mormon Student Manual, p. 1

I would like to call your attention to one thing in the Book of Mormon.  The Lord has promised us greater knowledge, greater understanding than we find in the Book of Mormon, when we are prepared to receive it.  When the brother of Jared went upon the mount to have the Lord touch stones to give them light to light their way across the great ocean, the Lord revealed to him the history of this world from the beginning of it to the end.  We do not have it. . . .

Now the Lord has placed us on probation as members of the Church.  He has given us the Book of Mormon, which is the lesser part, to build up our faith through our obedience to the counsels which it contains, and when we ourselves, members of the Church, are willing to keep the commandments as they have been given to us and show our faith as the Nephites did for a short period of time, then the Lord is ready to bring forth the other record and give it to us, but we are not ready now to receive it.  Why?  Because we have not lived up to the requirements in this probationary state in the reading of the record which had been given to us and in following its counsels. — Joseph Fielding Smith, “The Book of Mormon, a Divine Book,” Improvement Era, Dec. 1961, pp. 925-27; also Conference Report, Oct. 1961, pp. 19-20

Members of the Church everywhere should know the Book of Mormon better than any other book.  Not only should we know what history and faith-promoting stories it contains, but we should understand its teachings. . . .

I have noted within the Church the difference in discernment, in insight, conviction, and spirit between those who know and love the Book of Mormon and those who do not.  That book is a great sifter.”  — President Ezra Taft Benson, New Era, May 1975, p. 19

The Book of Mormon has not been, nor is it yet, the center of our personal study, family teaching, preaching, and missionary work.  Of this we must repent.  — President Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference, April 1986

The Book of Mormon will change your life.  It will fortify you against the evils of our day.  It will bring a spirituality into your life that no other book will.  It will be the most important book you will read in preparation for a mission and for life.  A young man [or woman] who knows and loves the Book of Mormon, who has read it several times, who has an abiding testimony of its truthfulness, and who applies its teachings will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil and will be a mighty tool in the hands of the Lord. — President Ezra Taft Benson, Priesthood Session, General Conference April 1986

The major mission of the Book of Mormon, as recorded on its title page, is “to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations.”  Additionally, over one-half of all verses in the Book of Mormon refer to our Lord.  Some form of Christ’s name is mentioned more frequently per verse in the Book of Mormon than even in the New Testament. — President Ezra Taft Benson, October 1987 General Conference; reported in Church News, January 4, 1992

I bless you with increased understanding of the Book of Mormon.  I promise you that from this moment forward, if you will daily sup from its pages and abide by its precepts, God will pour out upon each child of Zion and the Church a blessing hitherto unknown. — President Ezra Taft Benson, 1986

I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, 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.  (Marion G. Romney) — President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, Nov. 1986, p. 7

The Book of Mormon is an anchor in the storms of mortality. — Marion G. Romney, General Conference, April 1960

Today, in compliance with the prophetic mandate, thousands of Latter-day Saints have begun to search the Book of Mormon; many have begun to experience its subtle but certain sanctifying power.  They have begun to feel a greater yearning for righteousness and the things of the Spirit, a heightened sensitivity to others, an abhorrence to sin.  Many have surrendered to the Lord, desiring to know his ways and abide by his will.  For such, surely the condemnation is no more. — Robert Millet, “So Glorious a Record,” Ensign, Dec. 1992, p. 10

All the scriptures testify that perilous times lie ahead, that wickedness will increase and malevolence multiply, all before the Son of Man comes to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.  Before that time, before the proud and the wicked are burned as stubble, those who call themselves after his name will find security only in holy places.  For only the sanctified – those who have yielded their hearts unto God (Hel. 3:55), who have an eye single to the glory of God (D&C 88:67-68), and who, like God, have come to abhor sin (Alma 13:12) – will be able to withstand the onslaught that Satan will bring to bear against them.  It is my conviction that the Book of Mormon will be one of the few mainstays to which we can rivet ourselves in that future day. — Robert L. Millet, “So Glorious a Record,” Ensign, Dec. 1992, p. 11

Is there not something deep in our hearts that longs to draw nearer to God, to be more like Him in our daily walk, to feel His presence with us constantly?  If so, then the Book of Mormon will help us do so more than any other book.

It is not just that the Book of Mormon teaches us truth, though it indeed does that.  It is not just that the Book of Mormon bears testimony of Christ, though it indeed does that, too.  But there is something more.  There is a power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book.  You will find greater power to resist temptation.  You will find the power to avoid deception.  You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path. . . . When you begin to hunger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance.

These promises – increased love and harmony in the home, greater respect between parent and child, increased spirituality and righteousness – are not idle promises, but exactly what the Prophet Joseph Smith meant when he said the Book of Mormon will help us draw nearer to God. — President Ezra Taft Benson, “The Book of Mormon – Keystone of Our Religion,” General Conference, October 1986; see Ensign Nov. 1986, p. 7 and January 1992, p. 7

When James H. Moyle visited David Whitmer, Whitmer was an old man; he was out of the Church and was living in a log cabin in Richmond, MO.  Of this visit to David Whitmer, James H. Moyle stated in this very building [the Tabernacle] on March 22, 1908:

“I went to his humble home, . . and I told him . . . as a young man starting out in life I wanted to know from him . . . what he knew about the Book of Mormon, and what about the testimony he had published to the world concerning it.  He told me in all the solemnity of his advanced years, that the testimony he had given to the world, and which was published in the Book of Mormon, was true, every word of it, and that he had never deviated nor departed in any particular from that testimony, and that nothing in the world could separate him from the sacred message that was delivered to him.  I still wondered if it was not possible that he could have been deceived, . . so I induced him to relate to me, under such cross-examination as I was able to interpose, every detail of what took place.  He described minutely the spot in the woods, the large log that separated him from the angel, and that he saw the plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated, that he handled them, and that he did hear the voice of God declare that the plates were correctly translated.  I asked him if there was any possibility for him to have been deceived, and that it was all a mistake, but he said, ‘No.’” (Quoted in James Henry Moyle by President Gordon B. Hinckley, p. 366-67.) — Church News, January 25, 1997, p. 14

We are not required to prove that the Book of Mormon is true or is an authentic record through external evidences – though there are many.  It never has been the case, nor is it so now, that the studies of the learned will prove the Book of Mormon true or false.  The origin, preparation, translation, and verification of the truth of the Book of Mormon have all been retained in the hands of the Lord, and the Lord makes no mistakes.  You can be assured of that.

God has built in His own proof system of the Book of Mormon as found in Moroni, chapter 10, and in the testimony of the Three and Eight witnesses and in various sections of the Doctrine and Covenants.

We each need to get our own testimony of the Book of Mormon through the Holy Ghost.  Then our testimony, coupled with the Book of Mormon, should be shared with others so that they, too, can know through the Holy Ghost of its truthfulness.

Nephi testifies that the Book of Mormon contains the “words of Christ” and that if people “believe in Christ,” they will believe in the Book of Mormon.  (2 Ne. 33:10) — President Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference, 1987

In June of 1829, Joseph Smith, then 23 years old, called on 23-year-old Mr. Grandin in company with Martin Harris, a local farmer. Mr. Grandin had three months earlier advertised his intent to publish books.  Joseph Smith provided pages of a handwritten manuscript.

If the content of the book did not doom it to remain obscure, the account of where it came from certainly would.  Imagine an angel directing a teenage boy to the woods where he found buried a stone vault and a set of golden plates.

The writings on the plates were translated by use of a Urim and Thummim,  which is referred to a number of times in the Old Testament (see Ex. 28:30; Lev. 8:8; Num. 27:21; Deut. 33:8; 1 Sam. 28:6; Ezra 2:63; Neh. 7:65) and described by Hebrew scholars as an instrument “whereby the revelation was given and truth declared” (John M’Clintock and James Strong, Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature [1867-1881], s.v. “Urim and Thummim”).

Before the book was off the press, pages of it were stolen and printed in the local newspaper, accompanied by ridicule.  Opposition was destined to excite mobs to kill the Prophet Joseph Smith and drive those who believed him into the wilderness.

From that very unlikely beginning to this day, 108,936,922 copies of the Book of Mormon:  Another Testament of Jesus Christ have been printed.  It has been published in 62 languages, with selections of it in another 37 languages, and 22 more translations are in process.

Now 60,000 full-time missionaries in 162 countries pay their own way to devote two years of their lives to testify that the Book of Mormon is true.

For generations it has inspired those who read it. — President Boyd K. Packer, “The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ,” Ensign, Nov. 2001, p. 62

[Speaking of David Whitmer not having the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon. . . .]  Why I am positive that it was not the original is because I have indisputable evidences that the original was deposited by the Prophet Joseph Smith in the cornerstone of the Nauvoo House, from which it was taken, many years later, when the house was in a ruined state, by Emma Smith’s second husband, Major [Lewis C.] Bidamon, and by him given to parties who brought it to Utah.  It is now in the possess of this Church.  There is no truth in the story that we offered to David Whitmer money for the manuscript then in his possession, and now in the possession of his kindred.  I merely suggested to him that the Church had better facilities for taking care of such things than he had and would gladly give it a place in the archives if he were willing to part with it.  This, however, he declined to do, regarding the manuscript as a talisman upon which his safety depended. — President Joseph F. Smith, “Reminiscences by the First Presidency,” Dec. 21, 1901; President Joseph F. Smith, President John R. Winder, President Anthon H. Lund; Deseret News, December 21, 1901, p. 57

Geography

Mormon 6:2

Don’t be concerned over Book of Mormon geography.  Some say the Hill Cumorah was in southern Mexico (and someone pushed it down still farther) and not in western New York.  Well, if the Lord wanted us to know where it was or where Zarahemla was, He’d have given us latitude and longitude, don’t you think?  And why bother our heads trying to discover with archaeological certainty the geographical locations of the cities of the Book of Mormon like Zarahemla?

The witness of the Book of Mormon is not found in the ruins of Central and South America.  They may be outward evidences of people long since disappeared.  The real witness is that which is found in the Book of Mormon itself. The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, p. 156

The plates in the cave

. . . I lived right in the country where the plates were found from which the Book of Mormon was translated, and I know a great many things pertaining to that country.  I believe I will take the liberty to tell you of another circumstance that will be as marvelous as anything can be.  This is an incident in the life of Oliver Cowdery, but he did not take the liberty of telling such things in meeting as I take.  I tell these things to you, and I have a motive for doing so.  I want to carry them to the ears of my brethren and sisters, and to the children also, that they may grow to an understanding of some things that seem to be entirely hidden from the human family.  Oliver Cowdery went with the Prophet Joseph when he deposited these plates.  Joseph did not translate all of the plates; there was a portion of them sealed, which you can learn from the Book of Doctrine and Covenants.  When Joseph got the plates, the angel instructed him to carry them back to the hill Cumorah, which he did.  Oliver says that when Joseph and Oliver went there, the hill opened, and they walked into a cave, in which there was a large and spacious room.  He says he did not think, at the time, whether they had the light of the sun or artificial light; but that it was just as light as day.  They laid the plates on a table; it was a large table that stood in the room.  Under this table there was a pile of plates as much as two feet high, and there were altogether in this room more plates than probably many wagon loads; they were piled up in the corners and along the walls.  The first time they went there the sword of Laban hung upon the wall; but when they went again it had been taken down and laid upon the table across the gold plates; it was unsheathed, and on it was written these words: “This sword will never be sheathed again until the kingdoms of this world become the kingdom of our God and his Christ.”  I tell you this as coming not only from Oliver Cowdery, but others who were familiar with it, and who understood it just as well as we understand coming to this meeting, enjoying the day, and by and by we separate and go away, forgetting most of what is said, but remembering some things.  So is it with other circumstances in life.  I relate this to you, and I want you to understand it.  I take this liberty of referring to those things so that they will not be forgotten and lost.  Carlos Smith was a young man of as much veracity as any young man we had, and he was a witness to these things.   Samuel Smith saw some things, Hyrum saw a good many things, but Joseph was the leader. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 19, p. 38

Changes

Mormon 8:17

Some have alleged that these books of revelation are false, and they place in evidence changes that have occurred in the texts of these scriptures since their original publication.  They cite these changes, of which there are many examples, as though they themselves were announcing revelation.  As though they were the only ones that knew of them.

Of course there have been changes and corrections.  Anyone who has done even limited research knows that. When properly reviewed, such corrections become a testimony for, not against, the truth of the books. . . .

Now, I add with emphasis that such changes have been basically minor refinements in grammar, expression, punctuation, clarification.  Nothing fundamental has been altered.

Why are they not spoken of over the pulpit?  Simply because by comparison they are so insignificant, and unimportant as literally to be not worth talking about.  After all, they have absolutely nothing to do with whether the books are true.

After compiling some of the revelations, the ancient prophet Moroni said, “. . . if there be faults they be the faults of a man.  But behold, we know no fault; nevertheless God knoweth all things; therefore, he that condemneth, let him be aware lest he shall be in danger of hell fire.”  (Mormon 8:17.) “And whoso receiveth this record, and shall not condemn it because of the imperfections which are in it, the same shall know of greater things than these. . . .”  (Mormon 8:12.)

. . .There has, over the years, been an endless procession of those who would examine these revelations by every formula save the right one.  Each becomes evidence, as Paul said, “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”  (1 Cor. 1:14.)

These scriptural diamonds, as we have described them, will stand the test.  — Elder Boyd K. Packer, “We Believe All That God Has Revealed,” Ensign, May 1974

First Presidency challenge

. . . I offer a challenge to members of the Church throughout the world and to our friends everywhere to read or reread the Book of Mormon.  If you will read a bit more than one and one-half chapters a day, you will be able to finish the book before the end of this year.   Very near the end of its 239 chapters, you will find a challenge issued by the prophet Moroni as he completed his record nearly 16 centuries ago.  Said he:

“And I exhort you to remember these things; for the time speedily cometh that ye shall know that I lie not, for ye shall see me at the bar of God; and the Lord God will say unto you: Did I not declare my words unto you, which were written by this man, like as one crying from the dead, yea, even as one speaking out of the dust? . . .

“And God shall show unto you, that that which I have written is true” (Moroni 10:27,29).

Without reservation I promise you that if each of you will observe this simple program, regardless of how many times you previously may have read the Book of Mormon, there will come into your lives and into your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God.

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From the moment God’s present-day spokesman on earth uttered this challenge with its accompanying promises, every reasonably literate member of the Church was faced with a choice: Heed prophetic counsel or ignore it.  Accomplishing it is relatively uncomplicated though most of us find it takes persistent, daily effort.  The instruction is strikingly plain and simple – like looking at a brazen serpent on a staff (see Numbers 21:8) or washing in the River Jordan seven times (see 2 Kings 5:10-11).  Is it so simple, in fact, that some will risk perishing because they ignore it (see 1 Nephi 17:41)? — President Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Testimony Vibrant and True,” Ensign, Aug. 2005, p. 6; last paragraph from “Choosing our thoughts,” Church News, Oct. 22, 2005, p. 16

 Among the lessons we learn from the Book of Mormon are the cause and effect of war and under what conditions it is justified. It tells of evils and dangers of secret combinations, which are built up to get power and gain over the people.  It tells of the reality of Satan and gives an indication of some of the methods he uses.  It advises us on the proper use of wealth.  It tells us of the plain and precious truths of the gospel and the reality and divinity of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice for all mankind. It informs us of the gathering of the house of Israel in the last days. It tells us of the purpose and principles of missionary work.  It warns us against pride, indifference, procrastination, the dangers of false traditions, hypocrisy, and unchastity. — L. Tom Perry, “Blessings Resulting from Reading the Book of Mormon,” Ensign, November p. 8

President Hinckley has encouraged us to read the Book of Mormon to lift us above the things of the world, to enjoy the things of the Lord.  He said, “Without reservation I promise you that if each of you will observe this simple program, regardless of how many times you previously may have read the Book of Mormon, there will come into your lives and into your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God” (Liahona and Ensign, Aug. 2005, 6).  These blessings are far more valuable than material possessions. — L. Tom Perry, “Blessings Resulting from Reading the Book of Mormon,” Ensign, November p. 8

We will then have a choice of what to do after January 1.  [President Hinckley asked all Church members to read the Book of Mormon from beginning to end between August 1 and the end of the year, 2005.]  We can choose to sigh with relief and say to ourselves: “I have built a great reservoir of faith by starting early and being steady in obedience.  I will store it away against the times when I will be tested in storms.”  There is a better way to prepare, because great faith has a short shelf life.  We could decide to persist in studying the words of Christ in the scriptures and the teachings of living prophets.  This is what I will do.  I will go back to the Book of Mormon and drink deeply and often.  And then I will be grateful for what the prophet’s challenge and promise did to teach me how to gain greater faith and maintain it. — Henry B. Eyring, “Spiritual Preparedness: Start Early and Be Steady,” Ensign, November 2005, p. 39

No member of this Church can stand approved in the presence of God who has not seriously and carefully read the Book of Mormon. — President Joseph Fielding Smith, Improvement Era, December 1961, pp. 925-26

The Book of Mormon is not just a book that helps us feel good; it is a heavenly document that helps us be good.  It is not only an invitation to come unto Christ; it is a pattern for accomplishing that consummate privilege.  It is not just a book about religion. It is religion. — Robert L. Millet, “So Glorious a Record,” Ensign, December 1992

Members of the Church everywhere should know the Book of Mormon better than any other book. Not only should we know what history and faith-promoting stories it contains, but we should understand its teachings. . . I have noticed within the Church the difference in discernment, in insight, conviction, and spirit between those who know and love the Book of Mormon and those who do not.  That book is a great sifter.  — President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, May 1975

More than that, as I read in the Book of Mormon, I will pray that the Holy Ghost will help me know what God would have me do. There is a promise of that plea being answered in the book itself:  “Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.”

I will act quickly on what the Holy Ghost tells me I should do as I read and ponder the Book of Mormon.  When I complete the project in December, I will have had many experiences of stretching my faith to be obedient.  And so my faith will be strengthened. And I will know from my own experience what comes from going to the scriptures early and consistently to know what God wants me to do and then doing it.  If we do that, we will be better prepared for the greater storms when they come. — President Henry B. Eyring, Ensign, Nov. 2005, p. 39

As one of a thousand elements of my own testimony of the divinity of the Book of Mormon, I submit this as yet one more evidence of its truthfulness.  In this their greatest – and last – hour of need, I ask you: would these men blaspheme before God by continuing to fix their lives, their honor, and their own search for eternal salvation on a book (and by implication a church and a ministry) they had fictitiously created out of whole cloth?

Never mind that their wives are about to be widows and their children fatherless. Never mind that their little band of followers will yet be “houseless, friendless and homeless” and that their children will leave footprints of blood across frozen rivers and an untamed prairie floor.  Never mind that legions will die and other legions live declaring in the four quarters of this earth that they know the Book of Mormon and the Church which espouses it to be true.  Disregard all of that, and tell me whether in this hour of death these two men would enter the presence of their Eternal Judge quoting from and finding solace in a book which, if not the very word of God, would brand them as imposters and charlatans until the end of time?  They would not do that!  They were willing to die rather than deny the divine origin and the eternal truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.

For 179 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 – from Ethan Smith to Solomon Spaulding to deranged paranoid to cunning genius. 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.”   (George Q. Cannon, quoted in “The Twelve Apostles,” in Andrew Jenson, The Historical Record, 6:175)

I testify that one cannot come to full faith in this latter-day work – and thereby find the fullest measure of peace and comfort in these, our times – until he or she embraces the divinity of the Book of Mormon and the Lord Jesus Christ, of whom it testifies.  If anyone is foolish enough or misled enough to reject 531 pages of a heretofore unknown text teeming with literary and Semitic complexity without honestly attempting to account for the origin of those pages – especially without accounting for their powerful witness of Jesus Christ and the profound spiritual impact that witness has had on what is now tens of millions of readers – if that is the case, then such a person, elect or otherwise, has been deceived; and if he or she leaves this Church, it must be done by crawling over or under or around the Book of Mormon to make that exit.  In that sense the book is what Christ Himself was said to be: “a stone of stumbling, . . . a rock of offence,” a barrier in the path of one who wishes not to believe in this work.  Witnesses, even witnesses who were for a time hostile to Joseph, testified to their death that they had seen an angel and had handled the plates. “They have been shown unto us by the power of God, and not of man,” they declared.  “Wherefore we know of a surety that the work is true.”  (“The Testimony of Three Witnesses,” Book of Mormon) — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Safety for the Soul,” General Conference, October 11, 2009

Now we not only need to say more about the Book of Mormon, but we need to do more with it.  Why?  The Lord answers: “That they may bring forth fruit meet for their Father’s kingdom; otherwise there remaineth a scourge and judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion.”  (D&C 84:58)  We have felt that scourge and judgment!

The Prophet Joseph said that “the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than any other book.”  (Book of Mormon, Introduction.)  The Book of Mormon has not been, nor is it yet, the center of our personal study, family teaching, preaching, and missionary work.  Of this we must repent.  I do not know of a man living today who has been more true to the Book of Mormon than President Marion G. Romney. In a general conference address, he declared that the Book of Mormon was “the most effective piece of missionary literature we have.”  He quoted the Doctrine and Covenants, which states that “the Book of Mormon and the holy scriptures are given of me for your instruction” (D&C 33:16) and that “the elders, priests and teachers of this church shall teach the principles of my gospel, which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon.”  (D&C 42:12)  President Romney added, “It is of course obvious that unless we read, study, and learn the principles which are in the Book of Mormon, we, the elders, priests, and teachers of this church, cannot comply with this direction to teach them.

“But there is another reason why we should read it,” President Romney continued. “By doing so we will fill and refresh our minds with the constant flow of that ‘water’ which Jesus said would be in us – ‘a well of water springing up into everlasting life.’ (John 4:14.) We must obtain a continuing supply of this water if we are to resist evil and retain the blessings of being born again. . . .

“If we would avoid adopting the evils of the world, we must pursue a course which will daily feed our minds with and call them back to the things of the Spirit.  I know of no better way to do this than by reading the Book of Mormon.”

And then he concluded:  “And so, I counsel you, my beloved brothers and sisters and friends everywhere, to make reading in the Book of Mormon a few minutes each day a lifelong practice.  I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, 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 that counsel.  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.” (Marion G. Romney, in Conference Report, Apr. 1960, pp. 110–13.) — President Ezra Taft Benson, “Cleansing the Inner Vessel,” Ensign, May 1986, p. 4

There is another and simpler test that all who seek to know the truth might well take. It calls for us simply to read, ponder, and pray – all in the spirit of faith and with an open mind.  To keep ourselves alert to the issues at hand – as we do read, ponder, and pray – we should ask ourselves a thousand times, “Could any man have written this book?”

And it is absolutely guaranteed that sometime between the first and thousandth time this question is asked, every sincere and genuine truth seeker will come to know by the power of the Spirit that the Book of Mormon is true, that it is the mind and will and voice of the Lord to the whole world in our day. — Elder Bruce R. McConkie, “What Think Ye of the Book of Mormon?” Ensign, November 1983, p. 72

“Every Latter-day Saint should make the study of this book a lifetime pursuit. Otherwise he is placing his soul in jeopardy and neglecting that which could give spiritual and intellectual unity to his whole life.  There is a difference between a convert who is built on the rock of Christ through the Book of Mormon and stays hold of that iron rod, and one who is not” (Pres. Ezra Taft Benson, A Witness and a Warning, p. 7).

That is the key:  to use the Book of Mormon to become “built on the rock of Christ”! This book is a testament of Jesus Christ.  It explains the significance of his atonement and the content of our covenant relationship with him. — Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” Ensign, March 1994, p. 60

No Latter-day Saint, no man or woman, can say the Book of Mormon is true, and at the same time say that the Bible is untrue.  If one be true, both are; and if one be false, both are false.  If Jesus lives, and is the Savior of the world, Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God, and lives in the bosom of his father Abraham.  Though they have killed his body, yet he lives and beholds the face of his Father in Heaven; and his garments are pure as the angels that surround the throne of God; and no man on the earth can say that Jesus lives, and deny, at the same time, my assertion about the Prophet Joseph.  This is my testimony, and it is strong. — Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 459

Like the Bible, the Book of Mormon shows God at work in the life of the human race. Its supreme revelation is of the human heart, and life touched by the Spirit of God.  Its power and value is this, and it is from beginning to end a book of life.  It becomes in this light, colorful, gripping, vivid, laying its hold on our imaginations and our souls.  It inspires, it lifts our minds to God, and herein is its power. — Elder Levi Edgar Young, Conference Report, October 1928, p. 106

It seems to me that any member of this Church would never be satisfied until he or she had read the Book of Mormon time and time again, and thoroughly considered it so that he or she could bear witness that it is in very deed a record with the inspiration of the Almighty upon it, and that its history is true. . . . No member of this Church can stand approved in the presence of God who has not seriously and carefully read the Book of Mormon. — President Joseph Fielding Smith, Conference Report, October 1961, p. 18

Members of the Church everywhere should know the Book of Mormon better than any other book. Not only should we know what history and faith-promoting stories it contains, but we should understand its teachings. . . .

I have noted within the Church the difference in discernment, in insight, conviction, and spirit between those who know and love the Book of Mormon and those who do not. That book is a great sifter. — President Ezra Taft Benson, New Era, May, 1975, p. 19

I bear witness that parents who consistently read and talk about the Book of Mormon with their children, who share testimony spontaneously with their children, and who invite children as gospel learners to act and not merely be acted upon will be blessed with eyes that can see afar off (see Moses 6:27) and with ears that can hear the sound of the trumpet (see Ezekiel 33:2–16).  The spiritual discernment and inspiration you will receive from the combination of these three holy habits will enable you to stand as watchmen on the tower for your families – “watching . . . with all perseverance” (Ephesians 6:18) – to the blessing of your immediate family and your future posterity.  — Elder David A. Bednar, “Watching with All Perseverance,” Ensign, May 2010, p. 43

Government:  In that sacred volume of scripture, the Book of Mormon, we note the great and prolonged struggle for liberty.  We also note the complacency of the people and their frequent willingness to give up their liberty for the promises of a would-be provider.  The record reveals that a man “of cunning device . . . and . . . many flattering words,” . . . sought . . . “to destroy the foundation of liberty which God had granted unto them” (Alma 46:10). — President Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, Oct. 1962

If there is one character more than another in the Book of Mormon that I have admired and whose example I have felt to emulate, that character has been Nephi of old; never discouraged, never  disheartened, always ready, always determined to labor to the best of his ability for the accomplishment of the purposes of God. Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant, 2002, p. 37

In that sacred volume of scripture, the Book of Mormon, we note the great and prolonged struggle for liberty.  We also note the complacency of the people and their frequent willingness to give up their liberty for the promises of a would-be provider.  The record reveals that a man “of cunning device . . . and . . . many flattering words,” . . . sought . . . “to destroy the foundation of liberty which God had granted unto them” (Alma 46:10). — President Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, October 1962

Now, my beloved brethren and sisters, let us read the Book of Mormon and be convinced that Jesus is the Christ.  Let us continually reread the Book of Mormon so that we might more fully come to Christ, be committed to Him, centered in Him, and consumed in Him.

We are meeting the adversary every day.  The challenges of this era will rival any of the past, and these challenges will increase both spiritually and temporally.  We must be close to Christ, we must daily take His name upon us, always remember Him, and keep His commandments. — President Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference, October 1987

I bear witness that parents who consistently read and talk about the Book of Mormon with their children, who share testimony spontaneously with their children, and who invite children as gospel learners to act and not merely be acted upon will be blessed with eyes that can see afar off (see Moses 6:27) and with ears that can hear the sound of the trumpet (see Ezekiel 33:2-16).  The spiritual discernment and inspiration you will receive from the combination of these three holy habits will enable you to stand as watchmen on the tower for your families, “watching . . . with all perseverance” (Ephesians 6:18) to the blessing of your immediate family and your future posterity. — Elder David A. Bednar, “Watching with All Perseverance,” Ensign, May 2010

There is another and simpler test that all who seek to know the truth might well take. It calls for us simply to read, ponder, and pray – all in the spirit of faith and with an open mind.  To keep ourselves alert to the issues at hand – as we do read, ponder, and pray – we should ask ourselves a thousand times, “Could any man have written this book?”

And it is absolutely guaranteed that sometime between the first and thousandth time this question is asked, every sincere and genuine truth seeker will come to know by the power of the Spirit that the Book of Mormon is true, that it is the mind and will and voice of the Lord to the whole world in our day. — Elder Bruce R. McConkie, “What Think Ye of the Book of Mormon?” Ensign, Nov 1983, p. 72

The Book of Mormon is studied in our Sunday School and seminary classes every fourth year.  This four-year pattern, however, must not be followed by Church members in their personal and family study.  We need to read daily from the pages of the book that will get a man nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book. — President Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, October 1988, p. 3

The Lord has been operating for centuries to prepare the way for the coming forth of the contents of the Book of Mormon from the bowels of the earth, to be published to the world, to show to the inhabitants thereof that he still lives, and that he will, in the latter days, gather his elect from the four corners of the earth. . . .  Discourses of Brigham Young, 109

The Book of Mormon narrative is a chronicle of nations long since gone.  But in its descriptions of the problems of today’s society, it is as current as the morning newspaper and much more definitive, inspired, and inspiring concerning the solutions of those problems.  I know of no other writing which sets forth with such clarity the tragic consequences to societies that follow courses contrary to the commandments of God.  Its pages trace the stories of two distinct civilizations that flourished on the Western Hemisphere.  Each began as a small nation, its people walking in the fear of the Lord.  But with prosperity came growing evils.  The people succumbed to the wiles of ambitious and scheming leaders who oppressed them with burdensome taxes, who lulled them with hollow promises, who countenanced and even encouraged loose and lascivious living. These evil schemers led the people into terrible wars that resulted in the death of millions and the final and total extinction of two great civilizations in two different eras. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, First Presidency Message, Ensign, August 2005

“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. ” — George Cannon

“We need to let our family and our friends know this truth—God is love, “and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him.” — M. Russell Ballard, Ensign Magazine, September 2015 “The Lord Needs You Now?”

“In our own day He has said, “The whole world lieth in sin, and groaneth under darkness and under the bondage of sin.” by and large the modern world has not come unto Him, has not accepted the atonement of Jesus Christ, has not received the voice of His prophets, has not made covenants or kept His commandments, has not remembered Him always or claimed the promises of exaltation in the kingdom of heaven. So He has offered us one last covenant, given us one last testament, as part of His final outreach to fallen man. He has offered us one last written witness of His love and His mercy extended for the final time, speaking dispensationally. As one Book of Mormon prophet foresaw it, God is sending laborers into the vineyard one final time, and “then cometh the season and the end.” That testament and culminating witness, that “new covenant” offered to the children of men but once more, is the message of the Book of Mormon.” — Jeffrey R. Holland, Christ and the New Covenant: The Messianic Message of the Book of Mormon.

 

“The Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion primarily because it is the most extended and definitive witness we have of the Lord Jesus Christ–of our Alpha and Omega, the Key Stone, the Chief Cornerstone of the eternal gospel. Christ is our salvation, and the Book of Mormon declares that message unequivocally to the world. In its message of faith in Christ, hope in Christ, and charity in Christ, the Book of Mormon is God’s “new covenant” to his children–for the last time.” — Jeffrey R. Holland, Christ and the New Covenant: The Messianic Message of the Book of Mormon.

“Believe in the sacred word of God, the Holy Bible, with its treasury of inspiration and sacred truth; in the Book of Mormon as a testimony of the living Christ. Believe in the Church as the organization which the God of Heaven established for the blessing of His sons and daughters of all generations of time.” – Gordon B. Hinckley, Church News, Messages if Inspriation from President Hinckley, April, 2003