Introduction to the Book of Mormon, paragraph 6
Concerning this record the Prophet Joseph Smith said: “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”
The Book of Mormon was translated from Gold Plates which were given to the Prophet Joseph Smith by the Angel Moroni. Moroni was one of the last of the Nephites. His father, Mormon, had gathered and abridged the records of the Nephites and the Jaredites who lived many years ago on the American Continent. The Gold Plates contained the history of the people, but more importantly, they contained the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Joseph Smith said that the Book of Mormon is the “the keystone of our religion”. In an arched doorway, the keystone is wedge-shaped stone that both sides of the doorway lean on to make the archway stand strong. A testimony of the Book of Mormon helps us to strengthen our testimony of Jesus Christ, and of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Just as the 3 Witnesses and the 8 Witnesses wrote their testimony of the reality of the Gold Plates and of Joseph Smith’s translation of them by the power of God, we can share our own testimonies of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon with others. If we need to gain a testimony of the book, Moroni promises that if we read it and pray with real intent and faith, we can know that it is true. (Moroni 10:3-5)
“Because the Book of Mormon is true, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s Church on the earth, and the holy priesthood of God has been restored for the benefit and blessing of His children. If you do not have a firm testimony of these things, do that which is necessary to obtain one. It is essential for you to have your own testimony in these difficult times, for the testimonies of others will carry you only so far. However, once obtained, a testimony needs to be kept vital and alive through continued obedience to the commandments of God and through daily prayer and scripture study.” Thomas S. Monson
Why is The Book of Mormon called “the keystone of our religion?” (Discuss ideas)
How did God help The Book of Mormon to come forth? (Discuss ideas)
How can we gain a testimony of The Book of Mormon? (Discuss ideas)
How can we share our testimonies of The Book of Mormon? (Discuss ideas)
What goals can we set to study The Book of Mormon this year with our family, and on our own? (Discuss ideas)
Read the Introduction of The Book of Mormon and discuss what truths we can find in this special book of scripture. Use this puzzle to demonstrate how The Book of Mormon is the "keystone of our religion".
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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