The Precious Book of Mormon
January 2020

“The Precious Book of Mormon,” Friend, January 2020

From the First Presidency

The Precious Book of Mormon

Adapted from “Sisters’ Participation in the Gathering of Israel,” Ensign, Nov. 2018, 68–70; and “The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life Be Like without It?” Ensign, Nov. 2017, 60–63.

Book of Mormon art and experiences from kids

Illustrations by Steve James

How precious is the Book of Mormon to you? If you were offered diamonds or rubies or the Book of Mormon, which would you choose? The Book of Mormon is truly the word of God. It teaches about Jesus Christ.

I invite you to read the Book of Mormon every day. Pray and think about what you are learning.

As you do this, I promise:

  • You will feel closer to the Savior.

  • You will make better decisions every day.

  • Heavenly Father will help and inspire you.

  • You will be able to overcome temptations.

  • It will comfort you, make you strong, and cheer you up.

  • Changes and miracles will begin to happen!

The Book of Mormon Art Show!

This year we’re collecting stories, photos, and drawings about the precious Book of Mormon. We’ll put them on display and publish some of them in the magazine!

When I learned to read, my mother gave me a Book of Mormon and asked me to read it as preparation for my baptism. Since then, I read it every day. My favorite story is when Lehi found the Liahona.

Keyla S., age 7, Mexico City, Mexico

I gave a Book of Mormon to one of my classmates at school.

Felipe M., age 9, São Paulo, Brazil

Ari K., age 9, Nuevo León, Mexico

“Tree of Life,” Russell K., age 8, North Carolina, USA

Send Us Your Art or Experience!

  1. Draw a picture, take a photo, or write about the Book of Mormon.

  2. Send it to “Book of Mormon Art Show”! See page 39 for our address and permission form.

  3. Watch the Friend each month to see how children are following President Nelson’s invitation to read the Book of Mormon.