How the Bible and the Book of Mormon Work Together
Both books can help you draw closer to Jesus Christ and learn more about His gospel.
The Bible is the word of God
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, like many people around the world, find comfort and inspiration in the Bible. We believe it to be the sacred word of God and a holy record of Jesus’s ministry on earth. We cherish its teachings.
In the Bible, the Apostle Paul taught, “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established” (2 Corinthians 13:1). When God teaches an important principle, He sends another source to confirm it. The Book of Mormon is a second witness to the Bible’s teachings.
The Book of Mormon: Another witness
Just like God spoke to Moses and Noah in the Bible, He also spake to people in the Americas. These men wrote down God’s word. Their writings were eventually gathered into one book, the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is evidence that God loves all His children in all parts of the world.
The Bible and Book of Mormon support each other
Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon testify of Jesus Christ and teach His gospel. Each book supports the other’s teachings. Both describe God’s interactions with people in a different area of the world and teach the same principles. The Book of Mormon confirms what the Bible says about Jesus Christ and clarifies many other Christian doctrines. Both books are evidence that God lives and wants to help all of His children.
A passage in the Book of Mormon teaches the relationship of these two holy books:
“Therefore … lay hold upon the gospel of Christ, which shall be set before you, not only in this record but also in the record which shall come unto the Gentiles from the Jews [the Bible], which record shall come from the Gentiles unto you.
“For behold, this [the Book of Mormon] is written for the intent that ye may believe that [the Bible]; and if ye believe that ye will believe this also; and if ye believe this ye will know concerning your fathers, and also the marvelous works which were wrought by the power of God among them (Mormon 7:8–9).”
From the Bible or Book of Mormon?
Can you guess which passage comes from which book? Flip the card over to see which book each verse belongs to.
Gain a better understanding with both books
By studying both the Book of Mormon and the Bible, you can get a better understanding of who God is and what He wants for you. Together, the books contain thousands of years of inspiration, guidance, and instruction. Though they were written a long time ago, you can still find lessons that apply to you today.
For starters, read verses on the topics below from both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and see how you can gain additional insights by using both texts.