Thursday, March 28, 2013
The Book of Mormon is ANOTHER Testament
The full title of the Book of Mormon is "The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ." It is a record written by ancient people and prophets, just as the Bible is. The Book of Mormon truly testifies of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and His suffering so that we can repent and become perfected, resurrected beings someday. The gospel of Jesus Christ taught in His mortal ministry in the New Testament is not contradicted in the Book of Mormon; in fact, the Book of Mormon is a strong support and companion to the Bible. In Mormon 7:8-9, it explains that the gospel of Christ is set before us "not only in this record [the Book of Mormon] but also in the record which shall come unto the Gentiles from the Jews [the Bible]". Mormon continues, "For behold, this [the Book of Mormon] is written for the intent that ye may believe that [the Bible]; and if ye believe that ye will believe this also". Essentially, the Book of Mormon stands by the Bible as a true record and a work from God, and if you believe in the Bible, you will stand by the principles set forth in the Book of Mormon as well because they teach the same doctrines. A major example of this is that the Bible contains many miracles and great works of Jesus Christ. These are not merely stories to get a point across; the actions done by Him in the Bible and Book of Mormon are true and historical events. In Malachi 3:6, Christ says "For I am the Lord, I change not." This means that if He was doing miracles and great works and wonders in Biblical and Book of Mormon times, why wouldn't He continue to do so in our time? I testify that God is still a God of miracles, and that He can bless us beyond all we can imagine if we follow the gospel and strive to be more like Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon complements the Bible well in being a testament of Jesus Christ, His divinity, His power, and His love and Atonement for us.