One of the blessings of being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a Mormon) is the ready access to the book of scripture known as the Book of Mormon.
Don’t you just love the scriptures? I do, too! The word of God is amazing. I can think of no other balm more soothing for my heart when I am feeling disconsolate and discouraged than the Lord’s words.
Nephi is the first prophet-historian we meet in the pages of the Book of Mormon. He was born into a culture that permeated life at Jerusalem. And within that culture, prophets were not foreign to the people during this time. In fact, many prophets had been sent by the Lord to warn His people as to their choices, their actions, their appalling behaviors.
If you’ve not had a chance to read from the Book of Mormon, you are in for a treat. It is very similar to the Bible, in that it contains the holy words of God. Its purpose is much like that of the Holy Bible – to bring people to Christ, to discover His redeeming love, and to bring peace therein.
The structure of the Book of Mormon is simple. It is a composite record of sacred writings from ancient American prophets.
For some who are not familiar with the Bible, the concept of prophets might be foreign to them. But for those who read the Bible, they most likely have read this passage in the Old Testament, found in Amos 3:7:
In Matthew 18:16, we read:
For those who are just learning about the Book of Mormon, there is much that awaits. One of the best way to get an overview of what is within the book is to read the actual Introduction, which is placed just after the Title Page of the Book of Mormon.
I love the Book of Mormon – not only for its beauty, but for its powerful potential to change the children of men into children of God.
When one first handles the Book of Mormon, it can be an interesting experience. The text inside is similar to the Bible, in that the language feels somewhat ancient, yet the placement on the page might feel different than what you are used to.