That means it’s scripture too! That is why today I start my Book of Mormon study with the title page.
I am part of the House of Israel. My children and their children are a part of the House of Israel. This Book is written for me and for them.
I love that the Title page declares that this book is a “gift”… now this book I am marking will become a “gift” for my grandson. How cool is that? I feel like Nephi, writing my testimony of Jesus Christ and of the gospel plan as I study God’s word so that my posterity will know Christ. This is very exciting! Why have I never done this before?
This gift is given “to show” us God’s tender mercies for His people. The word remember is permeated throughout the book. In Helaman 5 “remember” is listed 15 times. REMEMBER that if He can help them, He can help us!
This gift that we may “know the covenants of the Lord.” Covenants mentioned 150 times in the Book of Mormon. Many covenants that were taken out of the Bible are in the Book of Mormon. (Baptism in the Old Testament is one example).
This gift is given that we may “not be cast off forever.” Alma and Ammon and the sons of Mosiah were just like him. They had been the vilest of sinners and destroying the church before repentance and changing their lives through the atonement. There are no second class citizens with the Lord in his kingdom. If we return and repent, we will be cleansed through the blood of the atonement and past sins forgotten.
This gift is for the “convincing… that Jesus is the Christ.” Every page we read, we should be looking for the Savior, even the war chapters. There are 6607 versus in the Book of Mormon, reference to the Savior is in 3925 of them.
Don’t you just love the words of Moroni?
The Book of Mormon was written by commandment, the Spirit of prophecy and revelation. I believe that we are to study it because it is a commandment and we are to study it with the help of the Spirit the Spirit of Revelation.
Rev. 19:10 teaches that the Spirit of Revelation - a testimony of Christ. As the world gets crazier and crazier we will all desperately need that testimony… especially the young people. The gift of prophecy is to know Christ and the greatest of all spiritual gifts is spirituality.
President Ezra Taft Benson: “The major mission of the Book of Mormon, as recorded on its title page, is ‘to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations.’ “The honest seeker after truth can gain the testimony that Jesus is the Christ as he prayerfully ponders the inspired words of the Book of Mormon. “Over one-half of all the verses in the Book of Mormon refer to our Lord. Some form of Christ’s name is mentioned more frequently per verse in the Book of Mormon than even in the New Testament. “He is given over one hundred different names in the Book of Mormon. Those names have a particular significance in describing His divine nature” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1987, 101; or Ensign, Nov. 1987, 83).
It is my hope that my study of the book of Mormon will bring me closer to Christ in the process, bring my children and their children and neighbors and friends to Christ too.