In a recent book written by David A. Bednar, a Mormon Apostle, he instructs and advises us to increase our learning regularly. Here are a few tips I would recommend to improve your learning when reading the Book of Mormon.
1. Jesus is the Christ
The Book of Mormon is often referred to as “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” In fact, that is written on the cover of the Book of Mormon. What does this mean, being another testament? It means that this book of scripture teaches us about the divinity of the Lord.
We learn that Jesus is more than just a great teacher or prophet, but that he is in very deed the Only Begotten Son of God. In a vision, known as the vision of the Tree of Life, the prophet Nephi is shown Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Christ.
He records: “And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms. And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father!” Later in the Book of Mormon, the Lord Jesus Christ himself visits the people and tells them, “And they shall believe in me, that I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and shall pray unto the Father in my name.”
The simple truth is that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world, the Son of the living God.
2. How to Gain Faith in Christ
Believing that there was a Christ and having faith in Jesus Christ are different.
Mormon.org teaches us: “Faith in God is more than a theoretical belief in Him. To have faith in God is to trust Him, to have confidence in Him, and to be willing to act on your belief in Him.
It is a principle of action and power.” It can be hard for someone to have faith in someone that they have never seen with their own eyes, but have only read or hear about. How can a person gain faith then? In the Book of Mormon a prophet by the name of Alma teaches plainly how to gain faith. Alma compares faith to a seed that one plants in a garden.
When a gardener plants seeds in his garden he must prepare the ground, continue to water it, and weed the area. Faith can be looked at in much the same way. “Now,” Alma teaches, “if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, …behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves - It must needs be that this is a good seed” (Alma 32:28). But, much like a real garden, it is not enough to simply plant the seed of faith. You must nourish it, observe it. Pray and read the scriptures about Christ, and if you begin to feel these “swelling motions” you will know that there is something to these things. As you continue on you can gain more faith. I echo the words of Alma: “If ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words” you will find faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. The Atonement of Christ
The four gospels in the Holy Bible all teach the truth of the Atonement of Jesus - His experience in Gethsemane, crucifixion, and resurrection. The prophets of the Book of Mormon all teach about the wonder that is the Atonement of Christ. The Son of God came to earth in a mortal body to “fulfill all righteousness.”
He, at the end of his mortal ministry, entered the Garden of Gethsemane and paid the price for all mankind’s sins and sufferings. He was then crucified on a cross and died. Three days later the miraculous event that is the resurrection took place. Our Lord was raised from the dead, making it possible for all of us to be resurrected. These three things, and many others, can be found by reading the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ.