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Appendix B: “Plain and Precious Truths”

“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

Appendix B

“Plain and Precious Truths”

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.

The Godhead

Additional scriptures about the Godhead: 2 Nephi 31:6–8; Ether 12:41

The Atonement of Jesus Christ

  • 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).

Additional scriptures about the Savior’s Atonement: 1 Nephi 10:6; 2 Nephi 2:6–9; Jacob 4:11–12; Mosiah 3:1–19; Alma 34:8–16

The Plan of Salvation

Additional scriptures about the plan of salvation: 2 Nephi 9:11–26; Alma 22:12–14; 34:31–35; 42:1–26

The Apostasy and the Restoration

Additional scriptures about the Apostasy: 1 Nephi 13:1–9, 24–29; 2 Nephi 27–28

Additional scriptures about the Restoration: 1 Nephi 14:7–12; 22:7–11; 2 Nephi 3:7–24; 25:17–18

Prophets and Revelation

Additional scriptures about prophets: 1 Nephi 22:1–2; Mosiah 8:16–18; Helaman 13:24–33

Additional scriptures about revelation: Jacob 4:8; Alma 12:9–11; 17:2–3; Moroni 10:5


  • 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).

Additional scriptures about the priesthood: Mosiah 18:17–20; Alma 13; Helaman 10:7

Ordinances and Covenants

Additional scriptures about ordinances: Mosiah 18:8–17; 21:33–35; Alma 13:16; 3 Nephi 18:1–11; Moroni 2–6; 8:4–26

Additional scriptures about covenants: 2 Nephi 11:5; Mosiah 5:1–9; Alma 24:17–18

Marriage and Family

  • 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).

Additional scriptures about marriage and family: 1 Nephi 1:1; 2 Nephi 25:26; Jacob 2:23–28; Enos 1:1; Mosiah 4:14–15; 3 Nephi 18:21


  • 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).

Additional scriptures about commandments: 1 Nephi 17:3; 22:30–31; Alma 37:13, 35; 50:20