Sunday, December 29, 2019

BOM Introductory Pages: Questions

In 2020, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is encouraging its members to read and study the Book of Mormon.  Whether you are an active member, a less active member, a former member or have never been a member at all, I would highly recommend conducting an in-depth study of the book.  My experience with the book lines up with Joseph Smith’s words: it will help get a person nearer to God than any other book - at least any others I have read.  With that as background, I am planning on posting a set of study questions from the Book of Mormon each week - in line with the Church’s “Come Follow Me” study schedule - and then some possible answers later each week.  The idea is to spark a meaningful experience with the book, that we might both actually come unto Christ and know Him, which is eternal life.

The Book of Mormon Title Page

READ the Book of Mormon Title Page
What are the purposes of the Book of Mormon?
Who was the Book of Mormon written to?
Who is the remnant of the House of Israel?
Why is it important to show them the “great things the Lord hath done for their fathers”? (see also D&C 3:16-20)

READ 3 Nephi 21:23-25
What is the Remnant prophesied to do in the Last Days?
Who was the first official mission of the Church sent to find?
Where were they going to look for them?
Who are the “Gentiles” in the Book of Mormon?
What is the role of the Gentiles with regards to the Remnant? (1 Nephi 15:13&17 and 3 Nephi 21:2-7)

The Fullness of the Gospel

How does the Book of Mormon convince people that Jesus is the Christ or Anointed One?
Why does the Title Page end with a warning and what is its significance?

READ BoM Introduction – paragraph 6
Why did Joseph Smith say that the Book of Mormon was the “most correct book” of any book on Earth?

READ Testimony of Joseph Smith – paragraph 7
What does it mean to say that the Book of Mormon contains the “fullness of the Gospel”?
Why did the Lord call witnesses of the Book of Mormon?
What is the significance of the fact thatseven of the eleven witnesses were disaffected from the Church but never denied their testimonies of the Book of Mormon?
What proves that the Book of Mormon is true?
What is a keystone?
How is the Book of Mormon the “keystone of our religion”?

The Condemnation

How does one harden one’s heart in unbelief in response to the Book of Mormon – and what does “unbelief” mean?

READ D&C 84:49-58
What does it mean to take the Book of Mormon lightly, such that we, as a people, would still be under condemnation to this day (as per Ezra Taft Benson)?


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