The Book of Mormon is a volume of scripture comparable to the Holy Bible. The title of the book proclaims that is Another Testament of Jesus Christ. And so, Latter-day Saints testify that both the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the Word of God, and both are a testimony of the Divinity of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and the infinite love that He has for all humanity. The Book of Mormon is not intended to replace the Holy Bible in any way, but rather the teachings found there enhance the doctrines, teachings, and principles found within the text of the Holy Bible. Latter-day Saints use both sacred volumes in their teaching and personal study.
In his October 1984 General Conference address titled “A New Witness for Christ,” President Ezra Taft Benson, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, commented, “Combined with the Spirit of the Lord, the Book of Mormon is the greatest single tool which God has given us to convert the world. If we are to have the harvest of souls that [the President of the Church] envisions, then we must use the instrument which God has designed for that task—the Book of Mormon.” He further stated, “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 of Christ.” And President Boyd K. Packer has remarked, ““Perhaps no other book has been denounced so vigorously by those who have never read it as has the Book of Mormon.”
Moroni, the last prophet to write in the Book of Mormon, pronounced the following exhortation as recorded in Moroni 10:3-5:
3 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.
4 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.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
Many people have seen the religious satire musical called “The Book of Mormon” which tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in northern Uganda, where a brutal warlord is threatening the local population. The two young missionaries attempt to share the Book of Mormon – which only one of them has read – with the local natives who have very little interest in religion. However, the musical is simply that – a satirical presentation. It is not an exact presentation of what the Book of Mormon is about, nor an accurate portrayal of the Mormon faith. If a person is truly interested in learning more about the Book of Mormon, I invite him or her to read the book for themselves, follow Morni’s exhortation, and I testify that God will “manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.” In the videos below Mormon youth testify about the truthfulness and power of the Book of Mormon.