8 Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.
(2 Nephi 29:8)
One of the purposes of the Book of Mormon is “to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations” (Title Page). In the passage above, Nephi pleads with people who are so comfortable with the words they have already received that they are unwilling to accept additional scripture. If you believe that God spoke to prophets in ancient Israel, shouldn’t you be delighted to learn that God has also spoken with prophets in other regions of the world? Multiple, independent witnesses are far more convincing than a single witness, and multiple books of scripture are a stronger testimony than a single book.
Elder Russell M. Nelson identified at least three ways the Book of Mormon complements the Bible:
- It provides additional evidence that God speaks to prophets: “The Bible and the Book of Mormon are both witnesses of Jesus Christ…. Scriptural witnesses authenticate each other.”
- It helps us to more fully appreciate the word of God: “Love for the Book of Mormon expands one’s love for the Bible and vice versa. Scriptures of the Restoration do not compete with the Bible; they complement the Bible.”
- It clarifies the truths taught in the Bible: “An angel proclaimed…that writings in the Bible available in our day are not as complete as they were when originally written by prophets and apostles. He declared that the Book of Mormon shall restore plain and precious things taken away from the Bible” (“Scriptural Witnesses,” General Conference, October 2007).
Today, I will be grateful for the “testimony of two nations” represented by the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I will appreciate the blessing of having access to the Book of Mormon, which confirms the truth of the Bible, increases my love for the Bible, and clarifies the doctrines taught in the Bible.