What the Book of Mormon is and how it is used by me and others, and how much it has changed over the years, have been the subject of a book review, a book in progress, a blog, a podcast and even a book tour.
It has inspired hundreds of comments and countless emails from readers who were curious to know what I had to say about it.
What the Book, or the Manuscripts, of the Prophet Joseph Smith is not.
It is not a sacred book.
Its content is not for the faint of heart.
It’s not a holy book.
It belongs to us.
Its content is important.
But what I would like to discuss today is what it means to the Latter-day Saints.
We are a people who have an ancient tradition.
Our ancestors, the early pioneers, did not want to believe that they were God’s people or that they had the authority to dictate to a new world.
They were the first pioneers of a new religion that was to come, the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or “LDS”.
It was not the faith of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob or Moses.
It was a faith founded on faith and revelation.
Our ancestors did not believe that God was a literal person.
They did not feel that God had revealed himself as the creator of heaven and earth, or that he was able to direct the course of history.
The early pioneers believed that he did not exist, and that the world was just a collection of ghosts, spirits, angels and demons.
We believe that the Bible is a divine document that contains all of the records that are written in the ancient languages of the ancient world.
We do not believe it is a literal book of scripture.
It might be.
But there is a truth to it.
The Bible is not some book of revelation.
It does not tell us anything that God did not know.
There is no hint in the Bible that anyone was sent by God to save us from our sins, or to deliver us from the power of Satan.
There are no prophecies in the Old Testament that God foresaw what would happen in the last days.
There has never been a direct, tangible sign that God has commanded us to go and do these things.
The New Testament has always been more than a set of stories.
It tells us the future of the world.
And when we come to the Book and the Manifestos of the prophets, there is much that we know about the Bible, about the church, about our history, about God and about our place in the world and about the future.
The Book of Moses, as it has come to be known, is the most important of the Old and New Testaments.
It speaks about our faith and our salvation.
It informs us about the purposes and the laws of God, and it tells us that we must follow the prophet Joseph Smith and his teachings.
And it tells a story about the coming of Jesus to Earth and the end of the earth.
This is a great book.
The people of God know it.
It may have been written by the prophets of old, and may have come from God himself, but it has not been translated by the power or wisdom of man.
And yet, it is the source of inspiration to every man, woman and child in the United States and around the world, for it has revealed the truths of the gospel and the promises of God that we have been taught and that we are bound to keep.
As we look to the future, we are reminded that the Book was written by God and that it has been translated accurately.
In fact, the Prophet and the Book have been translated more times than any other book.
So we can be confident that they are true and the Word of God has been revealed in the most accurate and complete way.
We also have a sacred tradition, an ancient one, which we hold dear and which we hope to continue.
We also have many traditions and a great heritage that we take very seriously.
I am thankful for the history that the people of the Church have put forward, the stories they tell and the sacred teachings they hold dear.
We owe them a debt that is deep and sincere and which will endure for generations to come.
I am also thankful for what Joseph Smith, Jr. taught us.
He was not just a man who gave us a glimpse of what the future might look like.
He had visions of the day when we would be able to become the kings of the universe.
He believed that we would have a great future.
He taught us about love and the importance of unity, and he taught us the truth that if we were all like his people, we would prosper together.
We would all be perfect.
He was right about one thing: God was with us.
And that is the reason that we keep the commandments.
The Lord has given us a clear and powerful message to guide us through the coming generations