This is the second in a series of posts answering a set of questions recommended by President Russell M. Nelson. In yesterday’s post, I discussed what the Book of Mormon is. Today, I will discuss what the Book of Mormon affirms.
The Book of Mormon affirms many truths. As I’ve pondered this question today, I’ve compiled a list of some of the truths which are most meaningful to me:
- God loves all of His children and wants us to find joy (1 Nephi 11:17, 2 Nephi 2:25, 2 Nephi 26:24, 33).
- He is a God of truth. We can trust everything He says, including the promises He makes to us (Ether 3:12, Enos 1:6, Alma 37:17, Mormon 8:22) .
- We are free to choose to obey or disobey God’s commandments. God is willing to help us obey. Disobedience to His commandments brings unhappiness (2 Nephi 2:27, 1 Nephi 3:7, Alma 41:10-11, Helaman 13:38).
- After this life, we will all be judged by God. We will face the consequences of our actions, words, and thoughts. We will see clearly at that time, and there will be no ambiguity about the accuracy of those judgments (Mosiah 27:31, Alma 12:14, 2 Nephi 9:14).
- Because of Jesus Christ, we will all be resurrected (Alma 11:43-44, Alma 40:23).
- Because of Jesus Christ, we will all return to God’s presence (Helaman 14:17, Mormon 9:13).
- The atonement of Jesus Christ satisfies the demands of justice for those who sin unknowingly (2 Nephi 9:26, Mosiah 3:11, Moroni 8:22).
- Jesus Christ can also save us from the consequences of our sins if we exercise faith in Him, repent, and are baptized (2 Nephi 9:23-24, Alma 9:27, Moroni 7:34).
Today, I will be grateful for the affirming witness of the Book of Mormon that these principles of the gospel are true.