Blessings from Reading the Book of Mormon

November 11th, 2007  |  Published in Mormonism

Many of our latter-day prophets have spoken of the importance of reading the Book of Mormon. It’s amazing to me to hear some of the promises that are given to use if we make reading the Book of Mormon a regular task in our lives.

In the First Presidency Message given in August 2005, President Gordon B. Hinckley issued a challenge to the entire church to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year. At the end of that challenge, he mentioned the blessings that we would receive from reading the Book of Mormon:

“Without reservation I promise you that if each of you will observe this simple program, 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.”
President Gordon B. Hinckley, August 2005 First Presidency Message

My wife and I successfully completed this challenge, and as we did it there was certainly a special feeling that accompanied the reading of the Book of Mormon. It’s amazing how such a simple thing like reading in a book can have such a profound effect. As we read in the Book of Mormon, many of our problems seemed much smaller, and we had a much better perspective on our challenges.

President Ezra Taft Benson spoke frequently of the importance of reading the Book of Mormon. He highlights the blessings we can receive from doing so as follows:

It is not just that the Book of Mormon teaches us truth, though it indeed does that. It is not just that the Book of Mormon bears testimony of Christ, though it indeed does that, too. But there is something more. There is a power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book. You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path. The scriptures are called “the words of life” (D&C 84:85), and nowhere is that more true than it is of the Book of Mormon. When you begin to hunger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance.
Ezra Taft Benson, October 1986 General Conference

What are your favorite quotes about the Book of Mormon? Have you felt any of these blessings as you have read it?

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