Christ for to-day; international sermons by eminent preachers of the Episcopal Church in England and America, ed. by H.D. Rawnsley

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The Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ and teaches us how to become His disciples. The Prophet Joseph Smith (1805–44) affirmed that “a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book” (History of the Church, 4:461; Book of Mormon introduction). As you study the Book of Mormon and are prayerful, the Holy Ghost continually bears witness to your heart and mind of the Savior’s divine role as the Redeemer of mankind.

The Book of Mormon exerts a powerful influence on the hearts of those who receive it and ponder its message. Elder Parley P. Pratt (1807–57), an early convert of the Restoration and an eventual member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, related the following regarding the first time heread the Book of Mormon:

“I opened it with eagerness, and read its title page. I then read the testimony of several witnesses in relation to the manner of its being found and translated. After this I commenced its contents by course. I read all day; eating was a burden, I had no desire for food; sleep was a burden when the night came, for I preferred reading to sleep.

“As I read, the spirit of the Lord was upon me, and I knew and comprehended that the book was true” (Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, ed. Parley P. Pratt Jr. [1938], 37).

Modern prophets have continually emphasized the need for every Latter-day Saint to read and reread the Book of Mormon. President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) declared, “I promise you that if each of you will [read the Book of Mormon], regardless of how many times you previously may have read the Book of Mormon, there will come into your lives and into your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God” (“A Testimony Vibrant and True,” Ensign, Aug. 2005, 6).

President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, shared how he learned that studying the Book of Mormon leads to personal revelation:

“I found [the Book of Mormon] to be plain and precious. …

“I learned that anyone, anywhere, could read in the Book of Mormon and receive inspiration.

“Some insights came after reading a second, even a third time and seemed to be ‘likened’ to what I faced in everyday life” (in Conference Report, Apr. 2005, 6; or Ensign, May 2005, 7).

Inspiration, as President Packer testified, will come as you consistently read from the Book of Mormon.

 

 

"The home-study seminary program is designed to help you strengthen your understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ and apply its teachings in your daily life through a study of the scriptures. For your study this school year, you will first complete reading assignments from the scripture text for this course—the Book of Mormon—and then you will complete the individual lessons. Once a week you will meet with a seminary teacher to submit your work and participate in a weekly lesson.
Seminary is a daily religious education program. Prayerfully studying your scriptures should be a daily practice. You will need to work on your seminary assignments each school day, even though you will not attend a seminary class each day. There are 32 units to be completed during the course. The reading chart on page viii shows what you should study for each unit. Your teacher will help you understand when each unit is due. The lessons in this study guide should each take about 30 minutes to complete, in addition to your daily scripture study.
You should have two scripture study journals (or two notebooks), separate from your personal journal, in which you will write the assignments from the study guide activities. Each week that you meet with your teacher, you should turn in the scripture study journal containing the completed assignments from the study guide activities you completed for that week. Your teacher will read and respond to the assignments and return that scripture study journal to you the following week. You could also write your responses on paper in a loose-leaf binder and turn in the pages you did that week. Then, when your teacher returns the pages, you could put them back into the notebook."
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The Joyful Burden of Discipleship Ronald A. Rasband
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Christ the Redeemer Carlos H. Amado
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Protection from Pornography—a Christ-Focused Home Linda S. Reeves
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Spiritual Whirlwinds Neil L. Andersen
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A Priceless Heritage of Hope Henry B. Eyring
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The Sustaining of Church Officers Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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“If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments” Robert D. Hales
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What Are You Thinking? W. Craig Zwick
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Roots and Branches Quentin L. Cook
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The Choice Generation Randall L. Ridd
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The Priesthood Man Henry B. Eyring
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Be Strong and of a Good Courage Thomas S. Monson
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Following Up M. Russell Ballard
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Your Four Minutes Gary E. Stevenson
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Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease David A. Bednar
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Love—the Essence of the Gospel Thomas S. Monson
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The Witness Boyd K. Packer
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Live True to the Faith William R. Walker
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Obedience through Our Faithfulness L. Tom Perry
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The Prophet Joseph Smith Lawrence E. Corbridge
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Where Your Treasure Is Michael J. Teh
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If Ye Lack Wisdom Marcos A. Aidukaitis
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The Resurrection of Jesus Christ D. Todd Christofferson
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Until We Meet Again Thomas S. Monson
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Keeping Covenants Protects Us, Prepares Us, and Empowers Us Rosemary M. Wixom
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Sisterhood: Oh, How We Need Each Other Bonnie L. Oscarson
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Wanted: Hands and Hearts to Hasten the Work Linda K. Burton
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Daughters in the Covenant Henry B. Eyring
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Making Conference Part of Our Lives
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