Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Prophetic Promises Regarding the Book of Mormon

Most members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will begin a year-long study of the Book of Mormon this year. As President Ezra Taft Benson famously noted, study of that book is associated with a number of inspiring promises:


“Let us not remain under condemnation [see D&C 84:85], with its scourge and judgment, by treating lightly this great and marvelous gift the Lord has given to us. Rather, let us win the promises associated with treasuring it up in our hearts.”[1]

“Concerning this record the Prophet Joseph Smith said . . . ‘a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any other book.’” (BoM Introduction)

“Parents who [read and talk about the Book of Mormon with their children] faithfully will be blessed to recognize early signals of spiritual growth in or challenges with their children and be better prepared to receive inspiration to strengthen and help those children.”[2]

“Regular reading of and talking about the Book of Mormon invite the power to resist temptation and to produce feelings of love within our families.”[3]

“Youth of all ages, even infants, can and do respond to the distinctive spirit of the Book of Mormon. Children may not understand all of the words and stories, but they certainly can feel the ‘familiar spirit’ described by Isaiah.”[4]

“I bear witness that parents who consistently read and talk about the Book of Mormon with their children, who share testimony spontaneously, and who invite children as gospel learners to act and not merely to be acted upon will be blessed with eyes that can see afar off (Moses 6:27) and with ears that can hear the sound of the trumpet (Ezekiel 33:2-16). The spiritual discernment and inspiration you will receive from the combination of these three holy habits will enable you to stand as watchmen on the tower for your families—‘watching . . . with all perserverance” (Ephesians 6:18)—to the blessing of your immediate family and your future posterity. I so promise and testify in the sacred name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.”[5]

“I offer a challenge to members of the Church throughout the world and to our friends everywhere to read or reread the Book of Mormon. . . . Without reservation I promise you that if each of you will observe this simple program, regardless of how many times you previously may have read the Book of Mormon, there will come into your lives and your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God.”[6]

“The effect of the Book of Mormon on your character, power, and courage to be a witness for God is certain. The doctrine and the valiant examples in that book will lift, guide, and embolden you.”[7]

“Every missionary who is proclaiming the name and gospel of Jesus Christ will be blessed by daily feasting from the Book of Mormon.”[8]

“Parents who struggle to get a witness of the Savior into the heart of a child will be helped as they seek for a way to bring the words and the spirit of the Book of Mormon into the home and all the lives in their family. That has proven true for us.”[9]

“Prayerful study of the Book of Mormon will build faith in God the Father, in His Beloved Son, and in His gospel. It will build your faith in God’s prophets, ancient and modern. It can draw you closer to God than any other book. It can change a life for the better.”[10]

“[The Book of Mormon] can help with personal problems in a very real way. Do you want to get rid of a bad habit? Do you want to improve relationships in your family? Do you want to increase your spiritual capacity? Read the Book of Mormon!”[11]

“It is not just that the Book of Mormon teaches us truth, though it indeed does that. It is not just that the Book of Mormon bears testimony of Christ, though it indeed does that. But there is something more. There is a power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book. You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path. The scriptures are called ‘the words of life’ (D&C 84:85), and nowhere is that more true than it is of the Book of Mormon. When you begin to hunger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance.”[12]

“There is another reason why we should read the Book of Mormon: By doing so we will fill and refresh our minds with a constant flow of that ‘water’ which Jesus said would be in us ‘a well of water springing up into everlasting life’ (John 4:14).”[13]

“If we would avoid adopting the evils of the world, we must pursue a course which will daily feed our minds with and call them back to the things of the Spirit. I know of no better way to do this than by daily reading the Book of Mormon.”[14]

“I am persuaded, my brothers and sisters, that it is irrational to hope to escape the lusts of the world without substituting for them as the subjects of our thoughts the things of the Spirit, and I know that the things of the Spirit are taught with mighty power in the Book of Mormon. I believe with all my heart, for example, that if our young people could come out of our homes thoroughly acquainted with the life of Nephi, imbued with the spirit of his courage and love of truth, they would choose the right when the choice is placed before them.”[15]

“If our young folks become familiar with the teachings of the Book of Mormon, they will not only be inspired by the examples of Nephi, the 2,000 sons of Helaman (see Alma 53), and other great Book of Mormon characters to choose the right, they will also be so schooled in the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ that they will be able to know and understand what is right.”[16]

“I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity—the pure love of Christ—will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness.”[17]

If you know of other prophetic promises regarding the Book of Mormon, please share in the comments, and I will add your contribution to the list (as I update it periodically).


[1] President Ezra Taft Benson, “The Book of Mormon: Keystone of Our Religion,” Ensign 16.11 (November 1986): 5-7.
[2] Elder David A. Bednar, “Watching with All Perseverance,” Ensign 40.5 (May 2010): 41.
[3] Elder David A. Bednar, “Watching with All Perseverance,” Ensign 40.5 (May 2010): 41.
[4] Elder David A. Bednar, “Watching with All Perseverance,” Ensign 40.5 (May 2010): 42.
[5] Elder David A. Bednar, “Watching with All Perseverance,” Ensign 40.5 (May 2010): 43.
[6] President Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Testimony Vibrant and True,” Ensign 35.8 (August 2005). 
[7] President Henry B. Eyring, “A Witness,” Ensign 41.11 (November 2011), 69.
[8] President Henory B. Eyring, “A Witness,” Ensign 41.11 (November 2011), 69.
[9] President Henry B. Eyring, “A Witness,” Ensign 41.11 (November 2011), 69.
[10] President Henry B. Eyring, “A Witness,” Ensign 41.11 (November 2011), 70.
[11] Elder Russell M. Nelson, “A Testimony of the Book of Mormon,” Ensign 29.11 (November 1999), 71.
[12] President Ezra Taft Benson, “The Book of Mormon: Keystone of Our Religion,” Ensign 16.11 (November 1986): 5-7.
[13] President Marion G. Romney, “The Book of Mormon,” Ensign 10.5 (May 1980): 65.
[14] President Marion G. Romney, “The Book of Mormon,” Ensign 10.5 (May 1980): 65.
[15] President Marion G. Romney, “The Book of Mormon,” Ensign 10.5 (May 1980): 66.
[16] President Marion G. Romney, “The Book of Mormon,” Ensign 10.5 (May 1980): 66.
[17] President Marion G. Romney, “The Book of Mormon,” Ensign 10.5 (May 1980): 67.

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