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basicbompurposes (Purposes of the Book of Mormon)

The Book of Mormon — purposes of and doctrinal contributions of The Book of Mormon


The seven major purposes of the Book of Mormon are: 

  • The Book of Mormon is an independent witness that Jesus is the Christ.
    • Title Page of the Book of Mormon 
  • The Book of Mormon is a second witness to the verity of the Bible.
    • John 5:31
    • John 8:13
    • 2 Corinthians 13:1
    • 2 Nephi 29:8 
  • The Book of Mormon is tangible proof the Joseph Smith is a prophet.
    • 1 Thessalonians 5:21
    • 1 Corinthians 15:6
    • Luke 24:39 
    • Luke 24:4
    • 3 Nephi 11:13-15
    • D&C 20:11-12
    • D&C 21:1 
  • The Book of Mormon stands as proof that God is in reality the same yesterday, today, and forever.
  • The Book of Mormon is an independent source of the gospel of Jesus Christ in its purity.
    • D&C 20:9
    • D&C 42:12
    • JSH 1:34 
  • The Book of Mormon stands as proof that God is in reality the same yesterday, today, and forever. 
  • The Book of Mormon is ordained as the scriptural testimony which gathers Israel to the faith of their ancient fathers. 
  • The Book of Mormon, through spiritual power and purity of doctrine, brings a man closer to God than any other book.
    • D&C 5:16 

Doctrinal contributions of the Book of Mormon: 

  • Jesus is the literal Son of God (Matthew 1:18 & 20, Luke 1:31, 1 Nephi 11:16-21, John 10:18) 
  • Jesus is the Christ (Jacob 4:4-5, Helaman 5:8-12) 
  • Christ is the Promised Messiah (Mosiah 13:28 & 31, Mosiah 13:34-35, Mosiah 15:10-11, Alma 7:10-12) 
  • The Fall of Adam (2 Nephi 2:22-25) 
  • The Plan of Salvation (2 Nephi 9:6 & 13, 2 Nephi 11:5, Alma 12:25, Alma 42:8 and 15)
  • The Atonement of Jesus Christ (Mormon 9:13-14, 2 Nephi 2:6-13, 9:6-19, Alma 34:13-16) 
  • The Resurrection (Alma 11:45, Alma 40:23) 
  • The Spirit World (Alma 40:6-15) 
  • The necessity of ordinances (2 Nephi 31:5) 
  • The doctrine of justification and grace/works (2 Nephi 25:23, Alma 41:3-4) 
  • The gathering of Israel (1 Nephi 15:12-20, Ether 13:10-11) 
  • Continual revelation  (Moroni 10:3-5)
  • The Lord’s own testimony of the Book of Mormon: D&C 17:6  “He [Joseph Smith] has translated the book, even that part which I have commanded him, and as you Lord and your God liveth, it is true.” 

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