Introduction

A Brief Explanation about the Book of Mormon

Directly after reading the testimony of Joseph Smith, we turn the page and find a brief explanation about the Book of Mormon.

We have already learned from Joseph Smith that the book contains a record of the ancient  inhabitants on the American continents.  This page gives supplemental information that may assist a reader in better understanding some of the references within the pages.

One learns what the Pates of Nephi, The Plates of Mormon, the Plates of Ether and the Plates of Brass are.  Furthermore, this explanation tells us how the Book of Mormon is set up; almost like a table of contents.  There is more information on what the italics text within the book means and where these words come from.

I do hope that you will read it if you are reading the Book of Mormon for the first time, or for the 1,000 time.  It is great information to have, and remember, we can take our knowledge with us in the next life.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith

I am choosing not to write much about the testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith.  I choose this course, because his testimony is beautiful self standing.  I do not want to detract away from this beauty.

I do want to share that the testimony of Joseph Smith brings warmth to my heart and tears to my eyes.  Each time that I begin to read and get to the section where Moroni is standing (or hovering) in his bedroom, I always know with a surety that this is true.  It is spoken to my heart by the Holy Ghost each and every time.  I know that this is a gift to me from Heavenly Father so that I can have reassurance of my faith.

I know, for myself, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that his work with the Book of Mormon must be true.

I may expound further on this in additional posts, but please, say a prayer, as the young Joseph did and ask of God if this book is true and if Joseph Smith was a prophet of God.  If you ask with a sincere heart, you will get an answer.

I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Title Page

How many of you have given serious thought on the title page of a book?  I know that there are others out there that read the information on it, but do you really consider it part of the book?

Let’s use this time to take a peek at the title page of the Book of Mormon and see if there is any thing that we can use to add to our knowledge.

On the title page we learn what this book really is.  “An abridgement of the record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites” and “an abridgement taken from the Book of Ether also, which is a record of the people of Jared.”   This is a very simple explanation, a much shorter version of what the title page includes.  However, we also learn that the purpose of this book is to the “convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ.”  The purpose of the Book of Mormon is to ensure that all who read it knows that Jesus is the Christ.  Simple.

The Book of Mormon is endearing to me and I hold it precious in my mind.  Jesus is the Christ, and He is the Savior of the world.

I write this to you in His holy name, Amen.

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Testimony of Eight Witnesses

After the Book of Mormon translation was completed Joseph Smith Junior, was instructed to have the plates from which he translated from shown to other men.  These men are:

Christian Whitmer

Jacob Whitmer

Peter Whitmer, Junior

John Whitmer

Hiram Page

Joseph Smith, Senior

Hyrum Smith

Samuel H Smith

While they don’t have as many words to share as the three witnesses did, what they do share is of great importance.  These men tell every person everywhere on Earth that the Book of Mormon was translated from gold plates and that the plates were in the possession of Joseph Smith Junior at the time of this written testimony.  They all promise that they did not lie when writing this and that they “give our names unto the world, to witness unto the world that which we have seen.”  These men were courageous and bold in their day.  These men had a great love for God, Jesus Christ and a deep desire to follow their new prophet Joseph Smith and to live the commandments given in order to return to live with Heavenly Father.  To each of these men, I am grateful.  I am thankful that they had the courage to do what others may not have been and I am thankful that they were there to follow commandments and assist our first living prophet in this dispensation.

I am so thankful for the Book of Mormon and the wisdom and guidance it contains and I write this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Testimony of Three Witnesses

Directly after the introduction in the Book of Mormon, is the testimony of three witnesses.  These three witnesses are Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris.

For starters, I urge you to read the testimony for yourselves.  Having the understanding that you are not alone and that there are people that lived 200 years ago that had knew that the information that was presented in the Book of Mormon is true and that it came from God is amazing.  I know that reading this information is always a little bit of a comfort, like having beef stew and warm rolls for supper on a stormy night.

These men, give me comfort by sharing with me their testimony.  Even though it is collective, they tell me a little bit about what I am going to read in the next 531 pages.  Furthermore, they allow me (and you) in their hearts with their verbiage sharing that they know without a doubt that these words are of ancient prophets and translated by the power of God.  What better testimony could there be.

These three men carried on in their lives, and did not continue to keep the commandments of the Lord and fell pray to Satan, however, this does not change the fact that they wrote to each of us for time and all eternity their testimony.  To my knowledge, even though they fell away from the church, none of them ever denounced this testimony written for each of us and our ancestors to read and learn from.

I leave this little post with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Introduction

The new semester has begun, and with such, I made an assumption that we would be jumping right into the next chapter of the Book of Mormon.  You know what happens when we assume, right?  Well, that’s what happened.  That being said, this weeks study is actually on the first few pages of the Book of Mormon and so that is what I shall write about.  Today, I’m going to share about the Introduction to the Book of Mormon and see what we can learn.

The introduction begins “The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scriptures comparable to the Bible.”  While I have faith that this is true, I think in my head as the Book of Mormon being an easier study and story than the Bible and that is a complimentary supplement.  I love the Book of Mormon and I love the stories and people within the pages.  I love to read and learn more each time that I get through it.

I am an American through and through.  My family immigrated to the United States as my great-grandparents on my paternal side and half of my maternal side and my grandmother was an immigrant on my maternal side as well.  I was born and bred here.  I am an American.  That being said, the Book of Mormon contains the history of people that immigrated to the American continent at Heavenly Father’s direction and that speaks to me on a very basic level.  I enjoy reading in the Bible.  I enjoy the stories, but the Book of Mormon is about the people that had contact with Heavenly Father right here where I was born and raised, and that makes it a little more special to me.

As the Bible has many prophets, so does the Book of Mormon (I’m going to stop linking now) and we hear from these prophets and their stories of trial, tribulation, and success.  There are two different civilizations that we learn about within the Book of Mormon and we read of Jesus Christ coming to visit in the Americas after his crucifixion and resurrection.

Since my family is now 100% home for the weekend (unless hubby gets called out to work,) it’s time for me to wrap up this post and get to the dinner table.  With that, the Book of Mormon is translated by Joseph Smith as he was directed by Jesus Christ through the ministration of the angel Moroni.

The Book of Mormon is said to be, by Joseph Smith, “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 by any other book.”  I whole-heartedly believe this statement and I ask that you offer up a prayer so that you can believe this as well.

I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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