“Appendix B: ‘Plain and Precious Truths’” Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: Book of Mormon 2020 (2020)
“Appendix B,” Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: 2020
The Book of Mormon was prepared to come forth during the last days, a time of widespread confusion about doctrine, or God’s eternal truth. Part of that book’s divine purpose is, as Nephi foresaw, to “establish the truth of the [Bible],” to “make known the plain and precious things” that have been lost over the centuries, and to “make known to all kindreds, tongues, and people, that the Lamb of God is the Son of the Eternal Father, and the Savior of the world” (1 Nephi 13:40).
The Book of Mormon reveals eternal truths that were lost during the Apostasy and adds a second, clarifying witness to many truths taught in the Bible. Here are just a few of those truths. Look for these and other plain and precious truths as you study the Book of Mormon.
Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are separate beings but one in purpose (see 3 Nephi 11:32, 36).
The resurrected Savior has a tangible body (see 3 Nephi 11:10–17).
Jesus Christ suffered for our sins and afflictions so He would know how to succor us (see Alma 7:11–13).
We can become perfected through the grace of Jesus Christ (see Moroni 10:32–33).
The Fall of Adam and Eve was an essential part of Heavenly Father’s plan (see 2 Nephi 2:22–27).
Opposition was necessary for us to be able to exercise agency (see 2 Nephi 2:11–16).
We will be judged according to our works and the desires of our hearts (see Alma 41:3–7).
The Great Apostasy occurred because of wickedness and unbelief (see Mormon 8:28, 31–41).
Christ’s Church should be called in His name (see 3 Nephi 27:3–9).
All prophets testify of Jesus Christ (see Mosiah 13:33–35).
A knowledge of spiritual truth comes through the Holy Ghost (see Alma 5:45–47).
The Bible does not contain all of God’s word (see 2 Nephi 29:10–13).
Revelation from God has not ceased in our day (see Mormon 9:7–9).
Priesthood holders were called and prepared from the foundation of the world (see Alma 13:1–3).
A person must receive authority from God to preach the gospel (see Mosiah 23:17).
Baptism is essential to receive eternal life (see 2 Nephi 31:4–13, 17–18).
Baptism must be performed by immersion (see 3 Nephi 11:23–27).
Little children have no need to be baptized (see Moroni 8:8–12).
Husbands and wives should love one another (see Jacob 3:5–7).
Parents should raise up their children unto the Lord (see 1 Nephi 7:1).
The Lord will prepare a way for us to accomplish His commandments (see 1 Nephi 3:7).
God promises to bless us if we keep His commandments (see Mosiah 2:22–24).