Since last week’s blog post on the Armor of God was a long one, I thought I’d do something different this week and give you a catalog of quotes to put into your Scripture Notes file on promises that have been made by prophets about reading and studying the Book of Mormon individually and with your family. These quotes are a powerful source of motivation for why you should be studying the Book of Mormon and having them saved as a collection note means you can find them any time by doing a simple search of your collections.
If you don’t have a Scripture Notes account, you can sign up here. If you don’t want one, please grab the collection of quotes below and print or store them somewhere. Just take them to heart.
In your Scripture Notes account, create a new blank Collection Note (CN) from the collection note pane.
Copy/paste the big list of quotes below into a master collection note. Title it something like “Promises for reading the Book of Mormon” and tag it “Book of Mormon” and whatever else you want (maybe “Prophetic Promises” etc…). Save the note and then do two things.
1) Read the quotes and mark the promises however you want. Text coloring is done by highlighting your text, then click the tear drop shaped tool, then click text and select the color. If you make a mistake and leave it on background, it will backlight the text. You can then click the undo button at the end of the toolbar or press ctrl/cmd-Z to undo it. Color however you want though. It’s your note. 🙂
I got colorful with the text to see each promise separately.
2) Add these two sets of verses to the collection note, and any others you want to. To add a verse, open it in a library/reading pane to the side and drag the verse into the verse area at the bottom of the collection note till you see a blue background appear. The drag icon is the bottom right icon with the 3 bars.
-Title page of the Book of Mormon, verse 1
“I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.” -Joseph Smith, (History of the Church, 4:461.)
“You will find that the daily reading of the Book of Mormon will lift your spirit, draw you nearer to your Savior, and help you to be a student of the gospel who can share great truths with others.” – President Ezra Taft Benson, (GC, Oct. 1989, “To the Elderly in the Church”)
“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.” – President Ezra Taft Benson, (GC, Oct. 1986, “The Book of Mormon – Keystone of Our Religion”)
“We…should know the Book of Mormon better than any other book. Not only should we know what history and faith-promoting stories it contains, but we should understand its teachings. If we really do our homework and approach the Book of Mormon doctrinally, we can expose the errors and find the truths to combat many of the current false theories and philosophies of men.
I have noted within the Church a difference in discernment, insight, conviction, and spirit between those who know and love the Book of Mormon and those who do not. That book is a great sifter” -President Ezra Taft Benson, (Ensign, Dec. 1988, pg. 4, “Jesus Christ—Gifts and Expectations”).
“I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity—the pure love of Christ—will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness” – President Marion G. Romney, (Ensign, May 1980, p. 67).
“Every Latter-day Saint should make the study of this book a lifetime pursuit. Otherwise he is placing his soul in jeopardy and neglecting that which could give spiritual and intellectual unity to his whole life. There is a difference between a convert who is built on the rock of Christ through the Book of Mormon and stays hold of that iron rod, and one who is not” – President Ezra Taft Benson, (Ensign, May 1975, p. 65).
“Brothers and sisters, without reservation I promise you that if you will prayerfully read the Book of Mormon, regardless of how many times you previously have read it, there will come into your hearts an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord. There will come a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to his commandments, and there will come a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God.” – President Gordon B. Hinckley, (June 1988 Ensign, “The Power of the Book of Mormon”)
“I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives.” – President Thomas S. Monson (GC, April 2017, “The Power of the Book of Mormon”)
Russell M. Nelson: “study of the Book of Mormon is most rewarding when one focuses on its primary purpose—to testify of Jesus Christ. By comparison, all other issues are incidental.” – President Russell M. Nelson, (GC October 1999, “A Testimony of the Book of Mormon”)
“Young men, the Book of Mormon will change your life. It will fortify you against the evils of our day. It will bring a spirituality into your life that no other book will. It will be the most important book you will read in preparation for a mission and for life. A young man who knows and loves the Book of Mormon, who has read it several times, who has an abiding testimony of its truthfulness, and who applies its teachings will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil and will be a mighty tool in the hands of the Lord.” – President Ezra Taft Benson, (GC April 1986, Priesthood Session, “To the Youth of the Noble Birthright”)
Do you know of some other great promises? Post them below in the comment section.