Why Is the Book of Mormon “Another Testament of Jesus Christ”?

 The Book of Mormon is “another testament of Jesus Christ.” Its purpose is to help us draw closer to Jesus.

Another testament of Jesus Christ

The official title of The Book of Mormon is “The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” Its purpose is to help us come to know Jesus. Jesus is mentioned 3,925 times throughout the book, which equates to a mention every 1.7 verses, on average.

The Book of Mormon contains 100 names or titles of Jesus throughout its pages. Whether He is called “the Creator,” “the Advocate,” “the Shepherd,” or “the Rock,” each has a slightly different meaning and provides a better understanding of who Jesus is. The Book of Mormon is full of stories and teachings like this that enhance our learning and deepen our understanding of Jesus.

And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” —2 Nephi 25:26 

A deeper understanding of Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness and the grace of Jesus Christ

The Book of Mormon helps us better understand Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness and the grace of Jesus Christ. In addition to teaching that Jesus offered Himself “a sacrifice for sin” (2 Nephi 2:7), the Book of Mormon teaches that Jesus suffered for our pains, sicknesses, and infirmities. He knows what it feels like to endure small daily struggles, carry heavy burdens, or endure trials that seem insurmountable.

And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.” —Alma 7:12 

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Hear from real people who found the Book of Mormon, and see the impact it had on their lives.

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Amelia a nurse explains how during hard times she finds comfort in the Book of Mormon
Amelia’s Story
When I need to be there for others, the Book of Mormon is there for me.

As a physical therapist, Amelia finds peace in lending a helpful hand. The Book of Mormon teaches her that her service extends well beyond those in her care—it teaches her that every time she serves someone else, she shows her love for God.

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Jared stands in front of a vintage car discussing the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ
Jared’s Story
After my mistakes brought me down, the Book of Mormon lifted me up.

Jared Dunkley’s search for happiness often left him unfulfilled. When he turned to the words of Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon, he said, “I noticed pretty quickly that I started to feel happy.” Today, the Book of Mormon provides peace and guidance to him and his family.

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A young man reading the Book of Mormon
A young man reading the Book of Mormon
Will’s Story
The Book of Mormon has helped me feel closer to God and Jesus Christ.

It takes exercise and a lot of hard work to excel at rugby. But for Will, excelling at rugby isn’t everything. As he has followed the principles taught in the Book of Mormon, he has received direction from God that has blessed his life.

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Steve and Whitney walk down the beach with their son and explain how the Book of Mormon helps them
Steve and Whitney’s Story
The Book of Mormon brought us peace.

Steve and Whitney have found peace, clarity, hope, and increased faith in Jesus Christ as they’ve made the Book of Mormon a part of their lives.

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Shaquille explains how the Book of Mormon helps his life
Shaquille’s Story
No matter where my life goes, the Book of Mormon keeps me on track.

Shaquille is a world–class athlete, but sometimes he needs a different kind of coaching. He found the Book of Mormon and the truths it contains as a university student, and he has relied on its guidance ever since.

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Juliana standing in a forest explains how the Book of Mormon helps her
Juliana’s Story
My family gives me happiness. The Book of Mormon gives me hope.

When her family faced a series of tough challenges, Juliana felt alone and adrift. But through the Book of Mormon, she found the strength to lead her family through difficult times.

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Touching accounts of Jesus’s love

Jesus spent His mortal life near Jerusalem, teaching the Jews His gospel. After His Resurrection, Jesus taught His followers in ancient Palestine. Jesus also visited His followers in the ancient Americas. The Book of Mormon records Jesus’s visit to the Americas and shares tender accounts of His interactions with the people. These scriptures provide a more full understanding of Jesus’s love and compassion.

And he said unto them: Behold, my bowels are filled with compassion towards you.

“Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy. …

And it came to pass that when he had thus spoken, all the multitude, with one accord, did go forth with their sick and their afflicted, and their lame, and with their blind, and with their dumb, and with all them that were afflicted in any manner; and he did heal them every one as they were brought forth unto him.

And they did all, both they who had been healed and they who were whole, bow down at his feet, and did worship him; and as many as could come for the multitude did kiss his feet, insomuch that they did bathe his feet with their tears.” —3 Nephi 17:6–7, 9–10

The Bible notes Jesus’s love for little children, and the Book of Mormon provides added accounts of how He ministered to them.

“And he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them. …

“And he spake unto the multitude, and said unto them: Behold your little ones.

And as they looked to behold they cast their eyes towards heaven, and they saw the heavens open, and they saw angels descending out of heaven as it were in the midst of fire; and they came down and encircled those little ones about, and they were encircled about with fire; and the angels did minister unto them.”  —3 Nephi 17:21, 23–24

The Book of Mormon is evidence that God extends the same blessings and opportunities to all of His children. Godʼs love isnʼt confined to people from a single area of the world. No matter where we live or who we are, no matter what language we speak or what we look like, God loves us and wants us to hear His truth. 

Draw Nearer to God

The Prophet Joseph Smith declared “that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 64). As you read the stories and teachings in the Book of Mormon, you can come to know Jesus better, increase your faith in Him, and enjoy more fully the power of His grace in your life.

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