ldstruth, “What is the Book of Mormon” squidoo.com, Excerpt
What is the Book of Mormon?
Though many people have heard of the Book of Mormon, most do not fully understand exactly what the Book of Mormon is. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) believe that along with the Bible, the Book of Mormon is the word of God.
We know that the Bible was written by ancient prophets and apostles in ancient Israel and the surrounding area. The Book of Mormon was also written by ancient prophets, though halfway across the world in ancient America. The Book of Mormon provides another testament of Jesus Christ and His Gospel.
Though some may question the need for another book of scripture, the Lord states in the Book of Mormon: “Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?
“Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another.”
Obviously in ancient times, the words that were written in Israel by prophets and apostles could not be taught to those on other continents. Is it unreasonable that a loving and merciful God would reveal His truth to more than one nation?
A History of Two Nations
The Nephites and the Lamanites
The Book of Mormon begins approximately 600 B.C. with the story of Lehi, his family and a few others, who are instructed to leave Jerusalem. Led by the Lord, this group is eventually led across the ocean to the ancient Americas. On that land, the group eventually splits into two groups–the Nephites and the Lamanites.
The Book of Mormon records the history of these two nations over a period of approximately one thousand years, eventually finishing approximately 400 A.D. However, the crowning event of the Book of Mormon is the personal visitation and ministry of Jesus Christ. Following his resurrection and ascension into heaven in the Old World, Jesus Christ visits His disciples and believers in the New World.
Is the Book of Mormon true?
How can I know?
In the New Testament in John 14, Jesus taught: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Through prayer and the Comforter, or the Holy Ghost, each person may know for himself whether the Book of Mormon is the word of God.
Accordingly, at the end of the Book of Mormon, the final prophet Moroni is closing the record and shares a promise with future readers of the Book of Mormon:
“Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.”
That is a powerful promise that if we read the Book of Mormon and pray with a sincere heart and real intent, God will answer our prayers whether the Book of Mormon is true.