The Book of Mormon is “another testament of Jesus Christ”. It is a companion to the Holy Bible and contains record of a family descended from the tribes of Israel who escaped Jerusalem before it was destroyed six hundred years before Christ was born. They were led by the Spirit through the wilderness, commanded to make a boat, and led to the Americas where they divided into two factions, one believing in the religion of their fathers and in the Word of God, know as the Nephites, the other disbelieving, known as the Lamanites.
The Book of Mormon records their history, culture, politics, and religious missions, sermons, prophecies, and doctrine of Christ. After Christ was resurrected, He visited the Nephites and Lamanites, and relayed to them all He taught the Israelites during His earthly ministry
“And 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
The record ends in 400 AD when the last two prophets and historians, Mormon and his son, Moroni, finish compiling and abridging all the records of their ancestors onto gold plates before the Lamanites destroy the Nephites off the face of the Earth.
Moroni buried these records in the Hill Cumorah in upstate New York. In the early 1800s, a 14 year old boy, Joseph Smith, prayerfully asked which denomination he should join. He was visited by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and was answered none of them. A few years later, in 1827, Joseph Smith was led by the angel Moroni to the gold plates. Through the Spirit of God and the translating tools, urim and thummim, Joseph Smith translated the record into English. In 1830, Joseph Smith restored Christ’s Church, with the Book of Mormon setting it apart from other Christian denominations.
The Book of Mormon is subtitled, “another testament of Christ” because it is a companion to the Holy Bible. It doesn’t override, refute, or replace the Bible. It works together with the Bible to strengthen the proof of Christ’s love and plan for all of us.
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