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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - The Eighth Article of Faith

"The eighth article states our belief in the Bible as the 'word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.' The Book of Mormon gives to us that second witness of the authenticity of the scriptures as recorded in the Bible. The Lord, in His divine plan for the restoration of the gospel in the latter days, brought forth the Book of Mormon as that additional witness to the mission of our Lord and Savior. It also provides a religious history that is profoundly important to our Father in Heaven's children." L. Tom Perry, "The Articles of Faith," Ensign, May 1998, p. 24

"God brought forth the Book of Mormon as a second witness that corroborates and strengthens the Bible's testimony of the Savior. The Book of Mormon does not supplant the Bible. It expands, extends, clarifies, and amplifies our knowledge of the Savior. Surely, this second witness should be cause for great rejoicing by all Christians." Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Christians in Belief and Action," Ensign, Nov. 1996, p. 71

"After having translated the Book of Mormon, the Prophet knew that he had in his hands the most pure and correct religious text ever printed. When people read the Book of Mormon, praying sincerely about its content and Moroni's promise, they will know it is true and the Spirit will move them to seek membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the church that Joseph Smith was commanded by God to organize. This simple conversion process, repeated millions of times, has brought to individuals and families a testimony of the magnificent truths of the Restoration. All who want to know of these truths for themselves, both members of the Church and those who are not, may apply Moroni's great promise in their own lives and come to know of a surety that the Book of Mormon is true and that its message can forever alter their lives in a positive, even glorious, direction." Hugh W. Pinnock, "Being a Missionary Church," Ensign, Aug. 1996, p. 42-43

"Has the fact that we have had the Book of Mormon with us for over a century and a half made it seem less significant to us today? Do we remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon? In the Bible we have the Old Testament and the New Testament. The word testament is the English rendering of a Greek word that can also be translated as covenant. Is this what the Lord meant when He called the Book of Mormon the 'new covenant'? It is indeed another testament or witness of Jesus. This is one of the reasons why we have recently added the words 'Another Testament of Jesus Christ' to the title of the Book of Mormon." Ezra Taft Benson, "The Keystone of Our Religion," Ensign, Jan. 1992, p. 4

"Some have suffered death to make it possible for us to have the scriptures today. Historically, the scriptures in the Bible were reserved for the clergy, with the reading of them by others being denounced. At times laws even prohibited the public or private reading of them. What a marvelous blessing we have to not only possess the most complete collection of scripture in history but also to have the freedom to search and to use them!" L. Lionel Kendrick, "Search the Scriptures," Ensign, May 1993, p. 13

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