Like the Bible, the Book of Mormon it is a religious record of God’s dealings with several different groups of people. Most importantly, the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. After Jesus was risen from the grave he appeared and ministered unto people on the American continents. 3 Nephi starting in chapter 11 is an account of Jesus’ much anticipated visit to peoples living in the Americas.
Mormons love and use the Bible as part of their standard scriptural works, but believe that the Jewish people were not the only group that Jesus and Heavenly Father had dealings with. John 10:16 reads “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” Similarly, we read in 2 Nephi 29:7 Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth? 12 For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it.
A careful examination of the Bible reveals that there are many sacred writings mentioned in the scriptures that we do not have today. As an example, read through the following verses in the Bible which all refer to books that are now “lost”.
Ex. 24:7 …and he took the “book of the covenant”, and read in the audience of the people…
Num. 21:14 14 Wherefore it is said in the “book of the wars of the LORD”, What he did in the Red sea, and in the brooks of Arnon,
Josh. 10:13 (2 Sam. 1:18 also references the book of Jasher) 13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the “book of Jasher”?
1 Kgs. 11:41 And the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in “the book of the acts of Solomon?”
1 Chr. 29:29 Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the “book of Samuel the seer”, and in “the book of Nathan the prophet”, and in the “book of Gad the seer”
2 Chr 9:29 29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in “the book of Nathan the prophet”, and in “the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite”, and in “the visions of Iddo the seer” against Jeroboam the son of Nebat?
2 Chr. 12:15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in “the book of Shemaiah the prophet”, and of “Iddo the seer” concerning genealogies? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually.
2 Chr. 13:22, And the rest of “the acts of Abijah”, and his ways, and his sayings, are written in “the story of the prophet Iddo”.
2 Chr. 20:34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in “the book of Jehu” the son of Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.
2 Chr. 33:19 His prayer also, and how God was intreated of him, and all his sin, and his trespass, and the places wherein he built high places, and set up groves and graven images, before he was humbled: behold, they are written among “the sayings of the seers”.
The above are only a few of the Biblical passages which refer to books of scriptures written by prophets, seers, and revelators that are not currently contained within the Bible. These lost books are clearly inspired sacred writings which contain prophecies and revelations. Parts of some of the above books have been found by various archeologists, but we do not currently have the complete originals. In fact, we do not have the complete original manuscripts of any of the books currently found within the Bible. Our current Bible is the product of copies of copies of copies. Although the majority of the Bible has been miraculously preserved through the ages, there are some parts which are missing, and other parts which have been incorrectly transcribed. Currently there are more than 38,000 different sects of Christianity. Many of the differences and confusions which arise between various denominations can be attributed to omissions and inaccuracies currently within the Bible.
Out of all of the “lost” books which the Bible references, there is one group in particular which we are told to seek after. We are told about this book in Ezekiel 37:16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: 17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.
The Bible is the scroll (or stick) of Judah. The Book of Mormon is a record of the tribe of Ephraim. By joining together the Bible and the Book of Ephraim we gain a restoration of the precious truths and ordinances needed for salvation.
Unlike the Bible, the Book of Mormon has not gone through the dark ages, and has not been subject to thousands of different translations. Aside from a few grammatical corrections, the book we have today is the same as the original. It contains the exact words that were originally written by it’s authors thousands of years ago.
A testimony of the Book of Mormon comes by reading the book with an open, sincere heart, and then praying to God to know if it is true.
Moroni 10:3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
The Holy Spirit is a real personage which can actually communicate truths to those who diligently seek learning and guidance.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
My prayer is that someone who reads this might seek the Spirit’s guidance and consider the possibility that God speaks to and remembers all of children on the Earth, not just the tribe of Judah.
John 21:25 And there are many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.
The Bible is beautiful, but it is not the only book of scripture which has been written.