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Intro to the Book of Mormon

Another Testament of Jesus Christ
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Scott Jones

on 4 September 2013

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What is the "Fulness" of the Gospel?
"He [Moroni] also said that the
fulness of the everlasting Gospel
was contained in it, as delivered
by the Savior to the ancient
inhabitants;" -JS 1:34
Old Testament
New Testament
Doctrine & Covenants
Pearl of Great Price
Another Testament
Further Testament
Composite Testament
Life OF Christ
Come Unto Christ
Live for Christ
Portions of others
* There are no parables in the Book of Mormon, though there is the allegory of the olive tree {Jacob 5}. The Lord spoke in parables for those who were unwilling or unable to understand the gospel in plainness. The Book of Mormon is a book of plainness and unusual clarity.
*Repent is the first and key word of every gospel dispensation. It appears in the Bible 50 times
(25 old / 25 new) In the Book of Mormon it appears...
*The language of the plates was reformed Egyptian, but the doctrine and the style are very much Hebrew. (For example, see footnotes at 2 Ne. 9:20a; 1 Ne. 2:10a; 16:34b; Mosiah 27:29d) Also the phrases; altar of stones; plates of brass; rod of iron; etc. reflect the Hebrew style, instead of stone altar; brass plates; iron rod; etc.
390 times!
The Challenge!
1. Write a history of an ancient people covering a period from 2200 B.C. to 400 A.D.

2. Include the history of two distinct and separate nations along with histories of different contemporary nations as groups of people.

3. Describe their religious, economic, social and political cultures and institutions.
4. Weave into the history a religion of Jesus Christ and the pattern of Christian living that is in complete harmony with the Bible.

5. You are 23 years old.

6. You have only 3 years of formal schooling.

7. Produce a record of 520 pages, over 150 words per page.

8. You must include within the record itself the marvelous, unique, and dangerous promise: “And when you shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, if these things are not true, and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, He will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Moroni 10:4)
9. It is to fulfill Bible prophecies even in the exact manner in which it shall come forth, and to whom it will be given.

10. Your description of the cultures in those civilizations is not known when you bring forth your record, but it agrees with all archeological and other scientific evidence found for the next 180 years.

11. Many of the facts, ideas, and statements given as true in your record must be entirely inconsistent, even the direct opposite, with prevailing beliefs of the world. (ie. Original Sin, Pre-Existence, Godhead, 10 Tribes.)

12. Internal and external evidences and prophecies must be confirmed and fulfilled over the next 180 years.
“When studying the
Book of Mormon,
focus on the principles,
not the process;
the message, not the characters;
the doctrine, not the plot.”
“It is the doctrines within the Book of Mormon, not evidences of the book, that bring us to God. It is from the doctrines that we receive direction, spiritual stability, and faith. There is a power in the temple of faith that cannot be found in a museum of evidences.”
[Joseph f. McConkie and Robert L. Millet]
Good News
Look TO Christ
Book of Mormon
Bible (Gospel)
Bible (Gospel)
Is all Truth Equal?
Are all Prophets Equal?
Is all Scripture Equal?
“As far as learning the Gospel and teaching the Gospel is concerned, the Book of Mormon,
by all odds, is the most important of
the Standard Works, because in
simplicity and in plainness it sets
forth in a definitive manner the
doctrines of the Gospel.”
“There is no democracy of truth,
but there is a hierarchy of truth.
All truth is not of equal value."
"Remember is the Most
Important Word
in the Dictionary."
"Remember" appears in the Bible 93 times,
244 in the Book of Mormon
21. Do this in 60 days with No changes to the text.
13. Use words that are not apart of your native language that will be discovered and verified 100+ years later.

14. Write using the grammer and word structure consistant with ancient old world cultures.
15. You must write the history on the basis of what you know now.

16. Each new author in the record must have their own separate and distinct style of communication.

17. This must be done with persecution and having to move your family hundreds of miles twice.

18. When writing the book, you cannot go back and read what you have written, but must simply start from where you left off the day before.
What is the Gospel?
Godspel
God's Story
God's News
Good News
What is the Good News?
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. -Luke 2
TG: Gospel
The Word "Plan" Appears in the Book of Mormon 52 times. In the Bible...
Plan of Salvation
Plan of Mercy
Plan of Happiness
Plan of Redemption
Plan of Deliverance
Plan of the Eternal God
There is a Plan!
The Plan!
I am a Child of God
I am a Child of Man
I am a Child of Christ
Creation
Fall
"Seest thou that ye are created after mine own image? Yea, even all men were created in the beginning after mine own image".
- Ether 3:15
"For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord,"
-Mosiah 3:19
Birth of the Body
Life With God
Atonement
Birth of the Spirit
14 Now I say unto you that ye must repent, and be born again; for the Spirit saith if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be washed from your sins, that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, who is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness.
Alma 7
Resurrection
Live Like God
Child of God, Joint Heir of Christ
"17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;" - Romans 8:
What does the
Book of Mormon
Teach in Fulness and Plainess?
16 ¶For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. -John 3:
This is the Good News!
ZERO
The Book of Mormon
Testifies the Bible is True

God is the same yesterday, today and forever -Heb. 13:8
He speaks through prophets still - Amos 3:7
The Stick of Joseph is joined with Stick of Judah -Ezk 37:19
His "other sheep" heard His voice, One shepherd - John 10:16
God is no respector of persons, -Acts 10:34
Another angel will bear the everlasting Gospel -Rev. 14:6
Melchezidek Priesthood
+ Plan of Salvation
= Fulness of the Gospel
Book of Mormon
Atonement appears in the New Testament Once
In the Book of Mormon...
40
19. Hundreds of thousands of people all over the world, intellectual scholars, and great people everywhere must subscribe discipleship to this record and its movement even to the point of laying down their lives.

20. Have Eleven other people give their names as a witness to the world they held and saw the plates from an Angel of God.
The Book of Mormon contains messages that
were divinely placed there to show how to
correct the influence of false tradition and how
to receive a fulness of life. It teaches how to
resolve the problems and challenges that we face today...[The Lord] has provided the way to correct the serious errors of life, but this guidance is of no value if it remains locked in a closed book -Richard R. Scott
There is a
If we're not reading the scriptures daily, our testimonies
are growing thinner, our spirituality isn't increasing in depth. We, ourselves, must be studying the scriptures and have a daily habit. - Harold B. Lee
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