President Russell M. Nelson posed that question during his recent General Conference address. The Book of Mormon has received renewed attention of late, and it has caused me to ponder the many promises and blessings associated with its study, as well as how it can aid our efforts to strengthen home and family.
We know we are under commandment to read and study the Book of Mormon. In the October 1986 General Conference, President Ezra Taft Benson said, “In 1829, the Lord warned the Saints that they are not to trifle with sacred things (see D&C 6:12). Surely the Book of Mormon is a sacred thing, and yet many trifle with it, or in other words, take it lightly, treat it as though it is of little importance. . . If the early Saints were rebuked for treating the Book of Mormon lightly, are we under any less condemnation if we do the same?”
Not only is studying the Book of Mormon a commandment, but – as with all commandments – great blessings are available to us as a result of our obedience. After reading just four General Conference talks on the promises associated with the Book of Mormon, I was able to compile the following list of how consistent study will bless our lives. Stop for a moment and think of the problems you face in your personal life and in your family. Then review this list and see if daily study may hold the answer for you.
Prophets and apostles have promised that if we study the Book of Mormon daily, we will:
• Make better decisions
• Receive answers to questions
• Receive direction
• Be immunized against evils of the day
• Be protected against pornography and other addictions
• Resist temptation
• Avoid deception
• Stay on straight and narrow path
• Grow nearer to God
• Have increased reverence in our homes
• Have greater respect for family members
• See the spirit of contention depart
• Counsel with greater love and wisdom as parents
• See our children be more responsive and submissive
• See an increase in righteousness
• Have faith, hope, and charity abound in our homes and lives
• See an increase of peace, joy, and happiness
• Hear the voice of the Spirit
• Overcome doubt and fear
• Receive heaven’s help in our lives
• Have our souls healed, comforted, strengthened, succored, and cheered
What a list!
Many of us are troubled by the state of our world and the evil and turmoil that is ever increasing. We wonder how to shelter our families. Daily study of the Book of Mormon is vital as we strive to raise a sin-resistant generation in these latter days. Read the list of promises again. Can we really afford to let distractions or laziness steal these blessings from our families? Remember the counsel of Alma: “Do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way” (Alma 37:46).
If you question whether this study can really make such a difference in your family – try it! The Savior invites us all to experiment upon the word. Make a commitment to gather your family around you each day and learn the principles in this sacred book. It may not solve all of your problems, but it will make them easier to bear and allow the blessings of heaven to be more readily poured out upon you.
The following are just a small sample of the many promises that have been proclaimed by Church leaders if we will study the Book of Mormon daily. I hope they will inspire you as they have inspired me to make this a high priority.
Russell M. Nelson
“When I think of the Book of Mormon, I think of the word power. The truths of the Book of Mormon have the power to heal, comfort, restore, succor, strengthen, console, and cheer our souls” (October 2017 General Conference).
“My dear brothers and sisters, I promise that as you prayerfully study the Book of Mormon every day, you will make better decisions—every day. I promise that as you ponder what you study, the windows of heaven will open, and you will receive answers to your own questions and direction for your own life. I promise that as you daily immerse yourself in the Book of Mormon, you can be immunized against the evils of the day, even the gripping plague of pornography and other mind-numbing addictions” (October 2017 General Conference).
Ezra Taft Benson
“Do eternal consequences rest upon our response to this book? Yes, either to our blessing or our condemnation. 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” (Ensign, May 1975, p. 65).
“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 straight and narrow path” (October 1986 General Conference).
“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” (History of the Church, 4:461).
Marion G. Romney
“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” (Ensign, May 1980, p. 67).
Thomas S. Monson
“My dear associates in the work of the Lord, 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” (April 2017 General Conference).
Written by Stephanie Gifford
Gathering Families Contributor