What is the Book of Mormon and How Does it Work With the Bible?
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By Sophie Hart
The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ, which works together with the Bible to support and illustrate the life and ministry of the Savior Jesus Christ. With clear declarations from the Bible we learn that “Christ [was] an high priest of good things to come” (Hebrews 9:11) and established His doctrine upon the face of the land in the surrounding areas of Jerusalem. He “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38) as He was baptized (John 3), finding those which were lost (Luke 15), and healing all who came unto Him (Mark 5).
The Book of Mormon is another book of scripture that clearly explains these acts and testifies of the divinity of the Son of God, written by the hands of prophets in ancient America. Similar to Abraham, Moses, and Peter, these prophets kept an ancient record of their travels from Jerusalem to a new promised land. They testify of Jesus Christ and His atoning power to save all of mankind. As Christ states in John 10:16, “Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” As the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ comes to visit His people in America after His resurrection, just as He did for his apostles in Jerusalem. He once again establishes His doctrine upon the face of this new land, proclaiming “Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world. And behold, I am the light and the life of the world” (3 Nephi 11:10-11).
The Book of Mormon teaches us perfectly the gospel of Jesus Christ and allows us to witness the divinity of the Savior’s life as it becomes connected with the Holy Bible. As “God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity,” we can see with these three testaments “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). All are invited to partake of His goodness, no matter where you may be.
To request a free Bible or Book of Mormon visit comeuntochrist.org.
To learn more about both the Bible and the Book of Mormon:
Visit the Rome Temple Visitors Center! In this historic place you can find a stained glass mural of all of the stories in the New Testament by artist Tom Holdman, an interactive display of the Book of Mormon complete with videos and personal study space, and a rotunda with statues of Jesus Christ and His original Twelve Apostles. Come and see!