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#BOMSummer DAY 26, Mosiah 3-4: “A Personal Urim and Thummim”

#BOMSummer Day 26, Richard G. Scott, “The Power of the Book of Mormon in My Life,” Ensign, Oct. 1984

Mosiah 3-4

Elder Richard G. Scott:

It is not sufficient that the Book of Mormon be [just physically] in our homes; its principles must be captured in our minds and hearts. Through consistent reading, prayerful pondering, and conscientious application, its teachings will become an essential part of the fabric of our lives.

What does the Book of Mormon mean to you? Has it been a source of inspiration and power in your life? Will it continue to be?

If you have not yet drunk deeply from this fountain of pure truth, with all of my soul I encourage you to do so now. Don’t let the consistent study of the Book of Mormon be one of the things that you intend to do but never quite accomplish. Begin today.

I bear witness that it can become a personal ‘Urim and Thummim’ in your life” (“The Power of the Book of Mormon in My Life,” Ensign, Oct. 1984, 11)

Elder Scott’s Suggested Readings:

Benson, Ezra Taft. “The Book of Mormon Is the Word of God.” Ensign, May 1975, p. 63.

Benson, Ezra Taft. “Joseph Smith: Prophet to Our Generation.” Ensign, Nov.1981, p. 61.

Faust, James E. “The Keystone of Our Religion.” Ensign, Nov. 1983, p. 9.

Hinckley, Gordon B. “An Angel from on High, the Long, Long Silence Broke.”Ensign, Nov. 1979, p. 7.

Hinckley, Gordon B. “Praise to the Man.” Ensign, Aug. 1983, p. 2.

McConkie, Bruce R. “This Generation Shall Have My Word through You.”Ensign, June 1980, p. 54.

McConkie, Bruce R. “What Think Ye of the Book of Mormon?” Ensign, Nov.1983, p. 72.

Packer, Boyd K. “Scriptures.” Ensign, Nov. 1982, p. 51.

Petersen, Mark E. “It Was a Miracle!” Ensign, Nov. 1977, p. 11.

Petersen, Mark E. “Evidence of Things Not Seen.” Ensign, May 1978, p. 61.

Petersen, Mark E. “The Last Words of Moroni.” Ensign, Nov. 1978, p. 57.

Romney, Marion G. “The Book of Mormon.” Ensign, May 1980, p. 65.

Tanner, N. Eldon. “The Inevitable Choice.” Ensign, Sept. 1977, p. 2.

“The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon.” Ensign, Dec. 1983, p. 31.

“Testimonies of the Book of Mormon.” Ensign, Dec. 1983, p. 6.

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#BOMSummer DAY 14, 2 Nephi 10-14: “Prove It”

#BOMSummer Day 14, Henry B. Eyring, “THE BOOK OF MORMON WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE,” Ensign, Feb. 2004 (2)

2 Nephi 10-14

President Henry B. Eyring:

You want your students to see that their challenge is not to prove that the Book of Mormon is true but to prove to God that they—the students—are true. When they do this, they will know the book is true. And when they prove that they will do what the book says, God will tell them more:

“And when they shall have received this, which is expedient that they should have first, to try their faith, and if it shall so be that they shall believe these things then shall the greater things be made manifest unto them.

“And if it so be that they will not believe these things, then shall the greater things be withheld from them, unto their condemnation” (3 Ne. 26:9–10).

As you prove the Book of Mormon to your students, you will realize you do not prove it through arguments. You do not even prove it through great examples or stories. Those will help, but your students will prove the Book of Mormon by saying, “I believe it is true; I will try it.” Once they have proved themselves to God, then the proof will come to them because they will see the spiritual fruit.

The Book of Mormon is about people proving their belief to God little by little. And then He confirms their belief and gives them more.

One of the most wonderful confirmations I know is found in the book of Ether. The Lord asked the brother of Jared if he saw more than the Lord’s finger.

“And he answered: Nay; Lord, show thyself unto me.

“And the Lord said unto him: Believest thou the words which I shall speak?

“And he answered: Yea, Lord, I know that thou speakest the truth, for thou art a God of truth, and canst not lie.

“And when he had said these words, behold, the Lord showed himself unto him” (Ether 3:10–13).

The brother of Jared did not come to that moment in a sudden jump but over a lifetime. He was given a little light, he had faith, and he exercised it. When the Lord saw that he believed, He gave him a little more light, until finally the Lord said essentially, “Will you believe anything I say?” And the Lord knew that the brother of Jared told the truth when he answered, “Yea, Lord, I know that thou speakest the truth, for thou art a God of truth, and canst not lie” (Ether 3:12).

The Book of Mormon is written in such a way that students will feel it contains principles they should try. You need to be cautious that you do not set up applications or challenges that are not suited to that student, because God will be speaking to that individual. As you read the Book of Mormon, you and your students will know some things you should do. As you do them, you will have greater light given to you because you will have proved that you believe. I bear testimony that however much you have learned from the Book of Mormon before, you should read it again and prove it. Prove it by proving yourself. Do the things you feel impressed to do, and you will find things in it that you have never seen before. (“The Book of Mormon Will Change Your Life,” Ensign, Feb. 2004)

#BOMSummer DAY 3, 1 Nephi 7-10: “Each Time We Read”

#BOMSummer Day 3, L. Tom Perry, “Blessings Resulting from Reading the Book of Mormon,” Ensign, Oct. 2005 (2)

Read 1 Nephi 7-10

Elder L. Tom Perry:

The major writers of the Book of Mormon did not intend it to be a history book at all. In fact, Jacob said that his brother Nephi commanded him that he “should not touch, save it were lightly, concerning the history of this people” (Jacob 1:2).

Each time we read the book we should probably ask ourselves: “Why did these writers choose these particular stories or events to include in the record? What value are they for us today?”

Among the lessons we learn from the Book of Mormon are the cause and effect of war and under what conditions it is justified. It tells of evils and dangers of secret combinations, which are built up to get power and gain over the people. It tells of the reality of Satan and gives an indication of some of the methods he uses. It advises us on the proper use of wealth. It tells us of the plain and precious truths of the gospel and the reality and divinity of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice for all mankind. It informs us of the gathering of the house of Israel in the last days. It tells us of the purpose and principles of missionary work. It warns us against pride, indifference, procrastination, the dangers of false traditions, hypocrisy, and unchastity.

Now it is up to us to study the Book of Mormon and learn of its principles and apply them in our lives. (BLESSINGS RESULTING FROM READING THE BOOK OF MORMON”, Ensign, Oct. 2005)