BOM Lesson 1 – A Gift from a Loving Heavenly Father

The Book of Mormon is a Gift from a Loving Heavenly Father

In case you don’t already know, yes, you have a father in heaven who loves you very much. He wants you to live the best life for you, during this short mortal experience. To help you do that he has appointed people as prophets to help us know him and his plan for us. The Book of Mormon is a record of some of these prophets, and the people they taught (Read paragraphs 1 and 2 in the Introduction.). The Book of Mormon is full of important stories and information that can help us to not only thrive temporally but also – and more importantly – spiritually.

“[Because of] Heavenly Father’s great love for us he has given us a gift to help us achieve eternal life. This gift has an important message for each of us. It teaches us about our Savior, Jesus Christ, and how to live so we can return to Heavenly Father. Ezra Taft Benson, the thirteenth President of the Church, said: “This is a gift of greater value to mankind than even the many wonderful advances we have seen in modern medicine. It is of greater worth to mankind than the development of flight or space travel” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1986, p. 3; or Ensign, Nov. 1986, p. 4).”

How the Book of Mormon was Made.

An ancient prophet called Mormon abridged most of what was on the gold plates, quoting and summarizing what other prophets had written. That is why we call it the Book of Mormon. Many years later, The Book of Mormon was made known to our time thanks to the work of the Prophet Joseph Smith Jr. You can read his account of how it was made known to him, and his testimony of it by reading: Joseph Smith—History 1:29–35, 42–54, 59–60.

“Concerning this record the Prophet Joseph Smith said: “I told the brethren 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 by any other book.”” – paragraph 6 in the Introduction

You’re Invited To Read The Book of Mormon

While this series of lessons will certainly help you to know what is contained within The Book of Mormon, no amount of knowledge can give you a confirmation of its truth. If you want to know if it’s true, I invite you to read The Book of Mormon, to ponder in your heart the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost (See Moroni 10: 3-5).”

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